Typical golf score?

Recently started playing a lot of golf with some buddies. Most of them are within the 90-100 range and play casually 2-4 times per month.

It made me wonder, whats the typical guy shooting when going on company outings or playing with clients, etc? Just curious

How long did it take you to break 100, 90, 80?

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eloquence, what's your opinion? Comment below:

90-100 is a typical score for someone who doesn't play too often. Everyone I know in the 80s is either just very naturally talented, or more likely, plays several times per week at varying places. I have a friend in low 80s who regularly wins stuff.

I probably would try to get out there more often if shooting 100 and going with clients on a regular basis, but 90 is a respectable score. 


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CPA_Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My golf game feels attacked by this comment

Stonks1990, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Golf is hard as shit. I've been playing a lot more... I thought I was 'good' and then I went with some friends who played consistently. I was dogshit compared to them, but having people who are better than you will really fundamentally help you change your game. Golf simulators are also great - they can really narrow down your form, and give you tips tapered to your individual needs. If you can get yourself a membership to one, go for it. Or maybe join a CC that has one in the clubhouse?

I'm mid-90s currently, and I try to get out a couple of times a month. It's funny how the goal has changed for me - in college, the only reason I golfed was to house 10+ Natty Lights on the course and not give a fuck about the score. These days, I seem to care about the actual performance more. Still crank some beers, though!

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WolfofWSO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ah yes! After a 24 pack one time we got the bright idea to play bumper carts.

It's amazing there were never any calamities nor DUIs when we golfed.


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MrPermaBear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I grew up playing during the summers with my grandfather and always thought I was decent. This summer I started taking it seriously and quickly learned I have a ton to learn. Working on breaking 100 before the end of the summer.

Bonobo8, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If your goal is to not embarrass yourself on company outings I would focus less on the score and more on being able to strike the ball well. The best way to bring your score down is to practice short game but if you just want to play decently well and have fun with clients just get to the point where you can drive and hit your irons consistently.

illinois122, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is the way. Ball striking is key. Putting and chipping come with time and playing more and more.

Username_TBU, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yep. 4-putting sucks and worsens your score. Slicing every drive or topping every iron though (even if that iron goes 100 yds) would be less "respected" (tolerated) in a business setting

CREmonke, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I shoot low 80's probably will break 80 this summer but play with all of my friends who are 90-100 consistently. Just fun to get out with friends though I wish i was playing with better players.

Liquor and Leverage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sounds like you need a beer handicap than the guys you play with.

"I drank 6 beers more and still beat yo ass".

My current beer handicap is 2.8 strokes per Mich Ultra consumed

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Addinator, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Typical is about what you are describing - I'd say there are a handful of people I'll play with at corporate outings or elsewhere that can get into the mid-high 70's if they played regularly, etc. If I'm playing regularly and taking it seriously I can at best get to a low 80's score - but realistically 90 is around where I'll shoot within a few strokes either way. Half the time I'm playing in corporate events that are scrambles where scores don't really matter individually. 

My biggest observation with myself is that I can strike the ball pretty well, drive pretty well but end up with a 90 that felt and maybe even looked pretty good - but I three putted a few holes. I hit a drive within 80 yards and then skulled a wedge off the back of the green. I tried something stupid like a flop over the bunker when a standard chip would have sufficed. Maybe I start pounding drives OB and add a stroke or two each hole. Take your pick. I play maybe a dozen or two times a year - it's virtually impossible to consistent and/or really score when you play that much. I'm a great scramble player and can hold my own in match play - but LIV certainly isn't calling me up anytime soon. 

CharlesCheese, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My jobs in highschool through college were on a golf course and I got to play nearly everyday.  Obsessed was an understatement.  I was shooting low 80s and cranking it out to stamped vokey wedges and scotty putters, what a time.

I played last week on vacation for the first time in 18 months and shot a 94 with rental clubs (sick brag).  This thread is relevant because it gets at how I'm trying to measure my game these days -- will I embarrass myself at a corporate event?  Bonobo8 and Addinator hit the nail on the head, short game has the most absolute impact on score but if you can get off the tee and make contact in the fairway you'll be fine.

Moving to NYC full-time and getting excited about other hobbies drastically hampered my game.  There is so much good golf in the tri-state but between getting out/back in to the city and a crowded 5-6 hour round, I got tired of committing to a full day every time I wanted to swing the sticks.

lumber_cruncher, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't get much time to play now with my current job (military) but played on my high school team and while in college. Back when I was playing regularly I was low 80s, maybe a good 78/79 if I was hitting my wedge shots that day.

I had a group for a while where everyone was pretty good and I was usually high score, and it was a lot of fun, but when we played with others who were more recreational, we knew how to turn it down and just have fun. Swing for the fences in every drive just for shits and giggles.

I think that's an important part of it, if you're overall a decent golfer who can win a company scramble tourney pretty easily, being able to take your foot off the gas and just play to have fun, that can make playing with buddies or business contacts so much more enjoyable.

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MrPermaBear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

9 holes probably takes 2-2.5 hours and 18 is probably 4-5 hours. I guess I consider playing 2-4 times per month more casual than some people I know who take it much more seriously (hitting the range 3-4x per week). Different for everyone I guess

Username_TBU, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I guess for guys in finance, how are people hitting the range 3-4x per week? I get it there's a subset of PWM and even bankers who work that way, but I've never really met someone (even in Ibanking) who was able to play golf regularly 2x during the week with the work they were trying to get done

money.monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

90-100 is the norms during company outings. I work in CRE and most dudes are former athletes so the scores tend to be a little lower...

But in general:

100+ is considered new players

90-100 is you at least know how to play

80-90 you are an avid golf player

high 70s - you're good for a normal person

lower 70s - you're fucking good for a normal person

anything lower you may as well consider going pro

Most important thing when playing in a social setting is don't be an drunken asshole. Learn golf etiquettes and have respect for the course/playing partners. Also if you actually keep score and shoot 120+ (playing 3+ strokes on every hole, so 6 on par 3s, 7 on par 4s etc...), you should consider practicing on the range until you get better so you don't hold up play for other people. There's a special place in hell for drunk assholes who don't fix their divots, destroy greens/tee box and ruining other people's games.


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rickle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Business golf is all about ball striking. That shows you know what you're doing. Scoring is about learning how to recover from bad shots and chipping and putting. If you want to score better, you'd have to practice chipping and putting a lot.  Two ways to 90. Good ball striking with mediocre short game or sucky ball striking with very good short game. The former is a lot more fun because it's fun to crush a ball and keep it in play. So many rounds when you hit it well and know you could have shaved 5 -10 strokes off your score with better short game.

Synergy_or_Syzygy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I really have to learn better ball striking. I will go wildly into the rough and then get up-and-down. I would prefer to just hit into the fairway and miss a putt on my business golf outings. 

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
Sequoia, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would be very happy to 100< consistently and LT getting to 90 would be the goal. I also think there's some level of enjoyment that gets taken away from casual play with coworkers / friends / etc if you get 'too good.' That's not to say you should handicap yourself in any way, but just a reality to expect. I don't really anticipate playing more than 1x a week max (maybe every 2 weeks a regular cadence) so even getting to 90 will take years anyway

NeroTulip, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Taking better takes a lot of time, try to focus on short game (approach/pitch/putt). That's def lowest hanging fruit w.r.t. getting better.

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