Competitions and how they are played:
These notes are only intended to
assist in the general concept of how competitions
are played. They must be read in conjunction with
the Rules of Golf and in particular the Committee
shall lay down conditions under which a competition
The score at each hole is entered on
the score card, totalled and the player’s full handicap deducted. The player who completes the
stipulated round in the fewest nett strokes is the
After entering the score on the card and
applying handicap the result is marked as ‘+’ win,
‘o’ half, or ‘-‘ loss. At the end of the round the
plus and minus signs are added and the nett result
In a Stableford competition the player takes strokes
at holes as in a Par competition using full handicap
and scores points on the nett result at each hole.
At the end of the round all points scored are added
up and the player having the highest points is the
winner. In scoring after allowing for handicaps a
player who scores par receives 2 points, 1 over par
1 point, 1 under par 3 points, 2 under par 4 points
and so on.
FOUR BALL BEST BALL v PAR
Two players play as partners each taking strokes at
holes as in a par competition. If one of the
partners wins a hole and the other halves it only
the win is counted. If one halves the hole and the
other loses it only the half is counted and so on.
+, o and – signs are added at the
end of the round and recorded as in an ordinary par
In a four ball handicap event care
must be taken to mark the scores of each player in
separate columns headed by the initials of the
FOUR BALL BEST BALL STABLEFORD
Played in exactly the same manner as above except
that the better ball of the partnership will be
credited with points instead of plus, half etc.
Two players play as partners and use one ball. The
partners strike off alternately from the tee and
thereafter strike the ball alternately at each hole.
Scoring is as in a stroke round and the Team’s
handicap is half the combined individual handicaps.
Note: If either player incurs a penalty stroke it
does not alter the rotation of play.
Played as above except that both players play tee
shots at every hole and afterwards continue with
whichever ball they nominate. Handicap: half
Both players play tee shots at each hole, then play
a second stroke with the partner’s ball. One ball is
then selected and play proceeds as in foursomes with
the owner of the ball playing the third stroke.
Handicap: half partners aggregate.
Both players play two shots with their own balls,
then one is chosen which is played alternately until
the hole is completed. Handicap: half partners
The score taken on each hole is entered on a card as
in a stroke round. When a player has completed a
number of strokes equal to par plus his handicap he
will have finished the round. The first player to
start will carry the flag and plant it on the spot
where his ball lay at the end of his round. If the
ball is in the rough the flag is planted at the side
of the fairway not nearer the hole. If a subsequent
player has not finished his round when he reaches
the flag he carries it and replants at the end of
his strokes. The winner is the player who carries
the flag the longest distance from the first tee.
This normally is beyond the 18th green,
usually the 1st or 2nd hole.
Competitors play two or more rounds and the eclectic
score is the lowest score obtained at each hole on
the rounds. Competitions may extend over the whole
season and the total score for the holes is subject
to deduction of half the player’s handicap held on
the last day of the competition.
Team stroke event, usually played by a team of four
or more. Each player plays a tee shot at each
hole. The captain then selects the best drive. The
other members retrieve their balls and in turn drop
within one club length of the selected position and
play their second shots. This procedure of
selecting the best position continues until a ball
is holed. On the green the balls are placed on the