HOW TO PLAY
Here is a guide on how to score when playing different games in golf. This is a long read so park the car
When playing in our competitions, even if you are playing with your friends, please play by the rules set out by the R&A in conjunction with any local rules on the scorecard. The etiquette of the game
Marking Your Score Card
When marking you score card make sure you have written your name, date and handicap clearly on the card, please check you have the correct daily handicap. At the end of the round both the player and the marker should sign the card. Write neatly on the card. Place your score in the box provided for your gross and net scores.
"Stroke play" refers to a round of golf in which the score is kept by adding the cumulative total of strokes taken throughout the round. Stroke play is different from match play, but means the same thing as medal play. In stroke play, the golfer counts each stroke taken on a hole, until the ball is in the cup. Those strokes are written down on the scorecard. At the end of the round, the strokes taken on each hole played are added together for the total strokes, which is the gross score. You can then deduct your handicap to get your Net score.
For handicap purposes please put your Stableford score on your card as well as your Gross and Nett Scores
Par Scoring System Format.
For ease of explanation, assume a player's handicap gives him/her one stroke per hole (i.e., 9 hole handicap of 9).
This player, playing to his/her handicap on a given day, will average a bogey on each hole. Playing 'to' one's handicap is expected and so there is no reward or punishment due when a bogey 5 is recorded on a par 4. Thus, a 0 (zero) is recorded. A double-bogey 6 (one over what's expected from a player on a 9 handicap, would incur a penalty of a minus '-'. A 4 (a genuine, unadjusted par) is one better than a '9-handicapper' would be expected to score and would earn a plus '+'. However, for this golfer, 6s and above still incur just one minus '-'. Likewise, 4s and below earn just one plus '+'. At the end of the round, plusses and minuses are reconciled (a minus cancels out a plus). If a player finishes with two plusses, s/he is 'two up' or 'plus 2' (+2). The opposite applies if s/he finishes with two minuses - 'two down'; 'minus 2'; '-2'.
Eagle = (+)
Birdy = (+)
Par = (0)
Bogey = (-)
Double Bogey = (-)
The Stableford Scoring System Format.
Each player or side plays against the par of each hole and receives points according to how he scores in relation to par.
The scoring system is as follows:
2 or more over par-0 points
1 over par-1 pointsPar-2 points
1 under par-3 points
2 under par-4 points
3 under par-5 points
and so on.. (It would be very unlikely that anyone would score more than 4 under par, though from a high handicap this is possible).
The score is the nett score for each hole dependent on the player's handicap.
The nett score is calculated by taking strokes at the appropriate hole using the stroke index shown on the card. Whereas medal play requires you to complete every hole, Stableford is a score by hole, so that if you take more than 2 over par nett at the first, you can pick your ball up and go to the second hole and start again. At the end of the 18 holes, the number of points gained at each of the holes is added together to give a total points score.
Unlike stroke play, in which the unit of scoring is the total number of strokes taken over one or more rounds of golf, match play scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost. On each hole, the most that can be gained is one point. Golfers play as normal, counting the strokes taken on a given hole. The golfer with the lowest score on a given hole receives one point. If the golfers tie, then the hole is halved. For example, in an 18-hole match, the first hole is a par-4 and Player A scores a 3 (birdie) and Player B scores a 4 (par); Player A is now 1-up with 17 to play. In the same match on the second hole, a par-5, Player A takes 8 strokes and Player B takes 5 (par); Player B wins the hole and the match is now "all square" with 16 to play. On the third hole, a par-3, both players take 3 strokes and the match is all square with 15 holes to play. Once a player is "up" more holes than there are holes remaining to play the match is over. For example, if after 12 holes Player A is 7-up with six left to play, Player A is said to have won the match "7 and 6".A team that is leading by x holes with x holes remaining is said to be "dormie-x" or simply "dormie", meaning that they need one more halved hole to win the match (or that the other team must win all the remaining holes in order to halve the match). For example, if Player A is 2-up with 2 to play, he is dormie; the worst outcome for Player A at that point is a tie, unless the format calls for extra holes to determine a winner.In a tournament event where the score is all square after the last hole, usually 18 or 36, the players will play on until a player wins a hole (sudden death).