How to score in Golf
There are several ways to play golf and a number of scoring systems used, however the most common are stableford, stroke play and match play. Occasionally bogey will also be played. These systems can be played individually or on a better ball basis with a playing partner.
Stableford – All golfers in the competition are awarded points depending on how many shots they take on each hole and what their handicap is. So a net par will give the player 2 points, a net birdie 3 points and a net bogey or one over par is 1 point. A net eagle is 4 points. The player with the most points at the end of the round will win. A score of 36 points indicates the player has played to his/her handicap.
Stroke Play – Stroke play or medal play is where every shot taken in a round (including penalty strokes) are counted. At the end your handicap is deducted to give you your net score. Club competitions are decided on the net score as this allows golfers of all levels to compete in the same competition.
Match Play – Match play is where two golfers or partners take on each other on a hole-by-hole basis. It’s not the number of strokes taken over the entire round but on each hole. The player or partners that score the best on that hole win going one up, etc. Again the handicap is deducted to provide the net score which is the one taken. The player or partners who win the most holes win the match.
Bogey – Golfers play for ‘plus, ‘minus’ or zero on each hole. Zero is when the payer has played the hole to par (taking into account his/her handicap), a net bogey is a minus and a net birdie is a plus. A player that plays to his/her handicap will achieve a score of zero.
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