Types of Golf Competitions you might wish to play.


Most junior competitions at Peel Golf Club are held using the Stableford scoring system but there are others and as you continue to play you may very well wish to try these super formats out.

Here are a few different ones with a short introduction as to how to play them.


 A Stableford competition is a golf tournament in which the object is to get the highest score. That's because in Stableford, golfers are awarded points based on their scores in relation to a fixed score at each hole. That fixed score can be par or any number of strokes a tournament committee chooses.

The scoring for Stableford points is as follows;

• More than 1 over fixed score (or no score returned) - 0 points
• One over fixed score - 1 point
• Fixed score - 2 points
• One under fixed score - 3 points
• Two under fixed score - 4 points
• Three under fixed score - 5 points
• Four under fixed score - 6 points

In the event of a tie after an 18 hole competition, the player who has scored the most points on the last 9 holes is the winner. If at this stage the scores are still tied, the player who has scored the most points on the last 6 holes is winner and if the players are still tied at this point then the winner is the one who has scored best over the last 3 holes. If further ties occur it goes down to the last 2 holes, the last hole, then the first 6 holes, then the first 3 holes, then the first 2 holes and finally the first hole!! And if the scores are still, tied joint winners of the competition are declared!

Stroke play/Medal

The object in this type of play is to get the lowest score, unlike Stableford. Stroke play (sometimes called Medal play) is a scoring system where the players record the total number of strokes taken in the entire round of golf. This score is known as the gross score. The lowest total gross score wins. Sometimes the player’s handicap is taken off the gross total. The score that is left is called the nett score and the lowest nett score is the winner.


Player 1 scores 75 gross score minus his handicap of 5 = 70 nett.

Player 2 scores 79 gross score minus his handicap of 10 = 69 nett.

Player 2 wins by having the lowest nett score.

Match play

This is an ace game to play against your best mate especially if you play for a Mars bar from the Pro’s Shop!!

In match play, two players (or two teams) play each hole as a separate contest against each other. The party with the lower score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is "halved" (drawn). The game is won by the party that wins more holes than the other. In the case that one team or player has taken a lead that cannot be overcome in the number of holes remaining to be played, the match is deemed to be won by the party in the lead, and the remainder of the holes are not played. For example, if one party already has a lead of six holes, and only five holes remain to be played on the course, the match is over. At any given point, if the lead is equal to the number of holes remaining, the match is said to be "dormie", and is continued until the leader increases the lead by one hole, thereby winning the match, or until the match ends in a tie. When the game is tied after the predetermined number of holes have been played, it may be continued until one side takes a one-hole lead.


Foursomes is a competition format in which teams are comprised of two players each, and the players alternate hitting the same ball (which is why Foursomes is also very commonly called Alternate shot.

The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. Players alternate hitting tee shots so that the same player doesn't hit every drive.

Foursomes can be played as stroke play or match play.

As match play, Foursomes is one of the formats used in the Ryder Cup.


Greensomes comprise teams of two players who both drive a ball from each tee. They then choose the drive that they prefer and play alternate strokes just with that ball, picking up the other ball. The team member who plays the second shot is the one whose ball was picked up.

Greensomes can be played as stroke play or match play.


In this type of competition the player deducts their handicap on each hole from their gross score to leave their nett score. If their nett score is under the par for the hole, then the player scores 1 point. Even if the player is 2 or more under par for any particular hole, only 1 point is scored. If the player’s nett score equals par for a particular hole, no points are scored and if the player is over par on a hole, then –1 point is scored. Even if the player is many shots over par on one hole, the maximum that can be scored on that hole is –1. At the end of the round all the  +1’s and –1’s are added up to give the player’s overall score. A winning score in this type of competition will normally be a positive score e.g. +3 or +4.

Rules relating to most competitions can be found in the official rules book.

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