The Scorecard.


When you, as a player, play a round of golf, you need to record how many shots or strokes you hit. Below is a copy of the Peel G.C. scorecard. It has all the important information that you will need to fill in the scorecard when you play.




*NOTE Ė The most important things that should be written on the card -

      Before you start play are:                               Before you leave the course are:

1.     Your name in column A under Player.             Markerís signature is correct

2.     Your correct handicap                                   Playerís signature is correct

3.     Name of competition e.g. Clubnight                 The gross scores tally with your marker

4.     Correct date


How to Mark a Golf Scorecard.

The way to mark the scorecard is very simple indeed:

 When playing stroke play, count the number of strokes you've taken on the hole just completed, and write that number down in the box corresponding to that hole on the scorecard. At the end of each nine holes, add up the strokes for your front nine and back nine totals, respectively, and then add up those two numbers for your 18-hole score.

How Do I Keep Score?

Scoring in golf is sometimes a mystery to those unfamiliar with the sport because in golf - unlike most other sports and games - it's the person with the lowest score who wins.

But golf scoring is as simple as can be. Every time you take a whack at that little white ball, that's a stroke. Even if you miss the ball, when you were trying to hit it, (an air shot) you still have to add another shot to your score. Every time you make a stroke, count it. At the end of each hole, add up your strokes for that hole and write the score CLEARLY on your scorecard. At the end of the round, add up the strokes for each hole and, there you have it, your golf score.

Remember that when you are playing in a golf competition you will be marking the card of one of the golfers that you are playing with and one of them will mark your card. At the end of each hole make sure that the player whose card you are marking agrees with the score that you are putting on their card. Also make sure that the player marking your card has put down the right score for you. At the end of the round you will have to sign 2 cards, yours and the personís that you marked during the round. If cards are not signed or scores are put down wrongly then the player whose card is wrong is disqualified. Wow, that should make you be careful.

Sometimes, if you're playing strictly by the rules, you will have to add penalty strokes to the strokes you actually took on a hole. Make sure that you know the rules of golf so that you keep the penalty strokes to a minimum.

But most simply put, a golf score is the number of times you whacked that little ball to get it around the course.

Score in relation to par is also very easy to understand and work out.

Each hole is given a number representing "par" - the number of strokes it should take a good golfer to finish that hole. If the par is 4 and you make a 5, then your score in relation to par is 1-over. If the par is 4 and you make a 3, then your score in relation to par is 1-under.

If par for the course is 72 and you finished with a 92, then your score is 20-over.

What Do 'Out' and 'In' Mean on the Scorecard?

 The words "out" and "in" appear on most golf scorecards, alongside the par for the front nine and back nine. Why are these terms used, and what do they mean?

What they mean is fairly self-evident. "Out" and "in" on the scorecard refer to the golfer's first nine holes (front/out) and the last nine holes (back/in) respectively.

In the golfing past, players tee-ed up from the starting point (usually the clubhouse). They would then play out, (away from the clubhouse), in a straight line, the holes being strung strung together one after the other.

When they reached the midway point of the golf course, they turned around and started playing in the opposite direction until making it back to the starting point.

In other words, they played out, and then they played back in. The first set of holes came to be called the "outward" holes; the second set, the "inward" holes. Eventually, golf courses settled on 18 holes in total; hence, the "outward nine" and "inward nine" came to comprise the 18-hole course.


Stableford scoring system.

The Stableford System is a scoring method in which golfers earn points based on their scores in relation to par on each hole. The Stableford System is a good scoring method for recreational players because there are no negative points - a double-bogey or worse is worth zero, but everything else earns you points

To mark Stableford on a scorecard, it's most common to use three rows. Using three rows makes the scorecard easier to mark and easier to read later.

The row A is player Aís stroke play score - the number of strokes took to complete the hole. The second row is the Nett column where the strokes, after the handicap has been deducted for that hole go. The third is the amount of Stableford points earned for the strokes after deductions on that hole.

After all 18 holes have been completed you can total up your points.

Here is a list of the points for the NETT scores using this system.

Double Bogey or worse = 0 points

Bogey = 1 point

Par = 2 points

Birdie = 3 points

Eagle = 4 points

Albatross = 5 points

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