What is a Good Golf Score? (Based on Your Skill Level)

What is a Good Golf Score? (Based on Your Skill Level)

One player may have a different idea of what a good score in golf.

A scratch golfer might consider 73 a good score, while a high handicapper could consider 93 to be a great score. Let’s look at the different golf scores and how they compare based on skill level.

Golf is a game where good and bad are relative terms. Before you can determine if a score is good, you need to consider your skill level.


Table of Contents

  • A Beginner’s Golf Score is a Good One
  • Average Golfer Gets a Good Score on Golf
  • Good golf score for a pro
  • Where your Score ranks you in terms handicap

A Beginner’s Golf Score is a Good One

A beginner’s best score is 110. A good beginner score of 110 is a good score. If you were able to score 110, you would have probably been able to fit a few greens into regulation, made two putts and even had a bogey on the course.

However, I find that beginners are better off focusing their efforts on hitting great shots than on their score when they first start playing the game. A beginner will need to take a lot of strokes to get the ball into the hole.

Take your time and learn how to make great shots.

Try to putt two or one shot from the sand. Get your ball in the fairway and avoid water hazards. These are far more important than trying not to score low scores.


Average Golfer Gets a Good Score on Golf

An average golf score is around 90. Average golfers call it a good round when they break 100; breaking 90 is less common.

An average golfer will likely make some pars and sometimes birdies. The problem for average golfers is often the amount of strokes required to get out of trouble. There are also the occasional slice or three-putt that can happen, which adds up over time.

Breaking 90 takes practice, a little bit of dedication, and a good game.

You will be able to consistently break 90 and move up the ranks from the average golfer.


Pro golfers can score a high score on the green.

Professional golfers aim to score below par every time they play. Professional golfers are very dependent on the course difficulty and rating as well as the conditions of play.

If you shoot a 71 on a really tough golf course in the rain and wind, it’s likely a great score. A 70 score on a course with perfect conditions might not be as impressive.

Professionals will judge their score based on the performance of the rest. A pro who shoots 67 while everyone else is in the 70s will be considered a great round. Some professionals can shoot scores as low as 60.

Professionals need to make a lot more birdies and even better eagles to keep their stroke count down.

When a professional shoots higher 70s or into the 80s, it’s considered a bad day on the golf course.


Where your Score ranks you in terms handicap

To help players compete in fair golf matches, the handicap system is used in golf. The handicap system will consider the course difficulty and course raging to give you an average handicap and average score for that course.

Depending on your handicap, you fall into one of three categories: low handicap, middle handicap, or high handicap.

Low Handicap Golfer Mid Handicap Golfer High Handicap Golfer
Handicap Range 0-9 10-20 21+
Score Par-79 80-94 95+
Consistency High Average Poor


Low Handicap Golfer

The 70-79 range is the average score for low handicap golfers. These amateur golfers are able to make a lot more one-putts, can birdie a hole and keep the ball in bounds the majority of the round.

Low handicap golfers have a fair amount club head speed and can get a good distance off the green. Low handicap golfers aren’t quite at the level of professional golfers and have a lot to learn.

Mid Handicap Golfer

The most important segment of golfers is the mid handicap. These players have a handicap between 10 and 20 and can shoot between 80 to 94. Mid handicap golfers are known for having a few great holes as well as some bad holes.

A mid handicap golfer will have some inconsistent scoring, but the majority of the time it is in the 80-94 range.

As mid handicappers become low handicappers, their scores will be consistent in the low 80s. Many mid handicappers will be able to identify what is keeping them out of the low handicap range and make the necessary adjustments in their golf game.

High Handicap Golfer

Beginners and high handicap golfers tend to be in the same group. High handicap golfers are usually experienced players.

High handicappers can expect a handicap higher than 21 and scores higher than 95. Some high handicappers can’t break 100 and will work hard to lower their scores.

High handicappers will be hurt if they make a simple bogey a triple bogey. If you miss a green, it’s really not a big deal to chip back on the green and make a putt. It will hurt your score if you keep chipping back-and-forth over the green.

Some golfers enjoy playing in the high handicap range while still having fun on the course. Some players are not trying to become low handicappers.