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How to Write the Score Card

How to Write the Score Card

The game of golf is unique in that the Player is responsible for the correct recording of his/her score and can be disqualified from the competition for not having the score card completed correctly according to the rules.

Even though it is ultimately the Player’s responsibility for the accuracy of the score card the card will be completed during the round by the Marker.              The Marker is another person in the group playing with the Player.

It is important to complete the score card clearly and with accuracy using a black or blue biro or a dark pencil.

It is a requirement that your first and last names, the date and your handicap appear on the card clearly.

The GROSS score (the gross score is the number of shots you actually took to complete the hole) is to be written in numeric form on each hole in the correct column.

If a “Stableford” competition is being played you write down the Gross score (as mentioned above) in the column provided and in the adjacent box on the same hole you need to record the appropriate “Stableford Points”*

If a “Par” competition is being played you write down the Gross score (as mentioned above) in the column provided and in the adjacent box on the same hole you need to record the appropriate “Par score”.**

Ensure that you and your marker agree on the GROSS score.

Once the round has been completed and the scores recorded have been confirmed by the Player and the Marker both must sign the score card in the appropriate space.

The card must then be placed in the appropriate box or handed to the appropriate official without delay.

 

 

Additional information on the score card

Every golf scorecard lists the hole number, the distance of each hole, the index and the par of each hole. Some golf clubs have separate distances, indexes and pars for ladies.

The total distance for each hole is usually in metres and is usually the distance from a plate at the back of the teeing ground to the centre of the green.

Index - The stroke (or stableford or par) index is numbered 1 through to 18. This indicates the degree of difficulty of the hole as determined by an official with index 1 being the hardest hole and index 18 being the easiest.

Par. The accepted standard score relative to the length of the hole.

Local Rules.  Are a record of variable rules, stipulated by the committee, relative to the golf course condition. Local rules are usually recorded on the back of the score card and / or the notice board.

How to score a Stroke Event

A stroke event is the purest form of the game and the game played in Professional events. The Gross score (as mentioned above) is recorded on each individual hole. Once the 18 holes have been played the total of the shots taken (Gross score) is recorded and the players handicap is subtracted to arrive at the Nett score.

How to Score a Stableford Event

In stroke play your handicap is applied at the end of the round, in Stableford events your handicap is applied on a hole by hole basis. Therefore you must know your handicap before your round commences. If you are unsure check your handicap on the website or with an official.

Before play begins, mark on the scorecard the holes where you will take your handicap. For example, a player on a handicap of 16 will get one stroke added to the par of the hole on the holes indexed 1 through 16 inclusive, a player on a 27 handicap will get two strokes added to the par on the holes indexed 1 to 9 and one stroke added to the par on holes indexed at 10 to 18. A player with a 36 handicap will get 2 strokes added to the par on every hole. A player with a 45 handicap will get three strokes added to the par on holes indexed 1 to 9 and two strokes added to the par on holes indexed 10 to 18. Your par is the par on the scorecard plus your handicap on each hole.

If you achieve your par on a hole (the par shown on the card plus your handicap as above) you score 2 points If you score one stroke over your par you score 1 point. If you score I stroke under your par you score 3 points. If you score 2 strokes under your par you score 4 points etc. If you are two strokes over your par, you do not score any points and once you reach this stage you should pick up your ball and wait for the other players in your group to finish the hole. Mark your cards on the next tee either after you have hit off, if you are first or second to hit off or before you hit off if you are third or fourth to hit off. You should confirm your score with your marker after each hole .The cards should be checked and agreed after 18 holes (if time permits it is often a good idea to check the cards after 9 holes). Once agreed, both the player and marker must sign their cards.

How to Score a Par Event

In stroke play your handicap is applied at the end of the round, in Par events your handicap is applied on a hole by hole basis.

Therefore you must know your handicap before your round commences. If you are unsure check your handicap on the website or with an official.

Before play begins, mark on the scorecard the holes where you will take your handicap. For example, a player on a handicap of 16 will get one stroke added to the par of the hole on the holes indexed 1 through 16 inclusive, a player on a 27 handicap will get two strokes added to the par on the holes indexed 1 to 9 and one stroke added to the par on holes indexed at 10 to 18. A player with a 36 handicap will get 2 strokes added to the par on every hole. A player with a 45 handicap will get three strokes added to the par on holes indexed 1 to 9 and two strokes added to the par on holes indexed 10 to 18. Your par is the par on the scorecard plus your handicap on each hole.

If you achieve your par on a hole (the par shown on the card plus your handicap as above) you score “a half”. Any score over your par will score “a minus”, making it unnecessary, on that hole, to continue play. All scores under your par, score a” plus”. It is not possible to score more than a plus on each hole.

The “Plus” is depicted on the score card as a plus (+) sign, the “Minus” is depicted as a minus (-) sign and the “Half” is depicted as a square (□).

Mark your cards on the next tee either after you have hit off, if you are first or second to hit off or before you hit off if you are third or fourth to hit off. You should confirm your score with your marker after each hole .The cards should be checked and agreed after 18 holes (if time permits it is often a good idea to check the cards after 9 holes). Once agreed, both the player and marker must sign their cards.

The golfers first handicap is acquired by entering five stroke play cards from a course which has an ACR (Australian Course Rating). Cards must be signed by a person who holds a current official handicap.