What do the numbers 4/3 and 4/5 mean on a golf hole score card?

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Which number do I use when par on a golf hole is 4/3 or 4/5?

  • Welcome to Sports SE! I am not going to offer a full answer as I am not a golfer. However, could this possibly be due to start position for men vs. women?
    – Seplo
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 2:09
  • Do you have an image of such a card that can be part of your question?
    – BowlOfRed
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 9:29

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In the case of your question, the par used will depend on the tee used. The par value of a hole is determined by it's length relative to the player. This means that men and women have different par values for the same distances in some cases.

For men, the distances determining par value were last adjusted in 1956 to match the following:

Par 3: Up to 250 yards

Par 4: 251 to 470 yards

Par 5: 471 yards or more

For women, the values vary only slightly.

Par 3: Up to 210 yards

Par 4: 211 to 400 yards

Par 5: 401 yards or more

To see how this works on a scorecard, take the following sample into consideration.


You can see for hole 3, the yardage from the blue tees is 446 yards, from the white is 441 yards, and from the gold is 386 yards. For men, this hole is always going to be a par 4 regardless of which tee you use. However for women, this hole would be a par 4 if played from the gold tees and a par 5 if played from the blue or white tees.

To this end, you'll also often see scorecards with a separate row for men's and women's par values such as this one. As you can see below, holes 7 and 9 are considered par 5s for women and par 4s for men, leading to a difference of 2 strokes for a par round.

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