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The Stableford Golf Scoring System scores points for players based on their individual hole counts for a fixed ball, often pairs. The winner is the player who scores the most points. Players can play in Stableford competitions with or without obstacles. When you play with a handicap, you should highlight the strokes of the handicap with holes, and not subtract it at the end of the round.

Get your official handicap index by joining a USGA certified golf club and submitting your grades. When you have at least five points, the club will send them to their handicap service, which will calculate your handicap index through a computer using a complex formula.

Convert the handicap pointer to a course handicap by looking at the conversion table, usually located on most golf courses, or connect your index to a computer with a course handicap, which will give you a course on the course. Alternatively, calculate your handicap rate by multiplying your handicap index by the slope rating of the course and then dividing it by 113. Expand this number to the nearest integer, which is your obstacle.

Consult the course score card to find the order in which you should apply handicap touches. You will see that each hole is assigned a handicap number from one to 18. The player accepts his handicap touches in the order indicated on the score card. For example, a golfer with 10 handicaps gets a handicap move on holes with labeled handicap holes from 1 to 10.

For handicaps above 18, extra strokes are assigned in order, starting with the number one handicap hole. For example, someone with a 20 handicap will have two hits on one and two holes for the handicap and one hit on the rest of the holes.

The final result for the hole, and then subtract any handicap touches, if any, to get your net score. Write this number on your rating card. Compare your net score with a fixed score for this hole and record the Stableford points earned for this hole, if any. Assuming that the fixed score is equal to the face value, the handicap-adjusted score of 1 per pair (scarecrow) earns 1 point, net profit earns 2 points, 1 per pair (bird) earns 3 points, 2 per pair (eagle) earns 4 points, and 3 under par (double eagle) earns 5 points. Score 2 in comparison with more or less does not earn points.

Add the points you earned for each hole to determine your overall Stableford score for the round. The player with the most points wins.

Some terminology

  • Steam (E) - the number of strokes allocated to a particular hole.
  • Birdie - the passage of the hole is one hit less than steam.
  • Eagle - the passage of the hole is two strokes less than steam.
  • Albatross - the passage of the hole is three strokes less (for holes with par-5).
  • Bogey - the passage of the hole is one hit more than steam. (Double, Triple and Quadruple Boggy, respectively, two, three and four hits more than par.
  • Handicap - An average numerical indicator based on statistics and showing the level of athlete skill. This parameter allows players of different levels to meet on equal terms. Also, a handicap can become a criterion for an athlete's admission to competitions and even certain golf courses and act as a condition on the basis of which a player is assigned a sports category. The official system in Russia is the EGA Handicap System.
  • Flight - A group of athletes passing a golf course together.

Match Game Formats

  • Single (Single player): A type of match game in which one player plays against one other player.
  • Tris: A type of match game in which one plays against two, with each team using one ball.
  • Force: A type of match game in which two play against two, with each team using one ball, taking hits in turn.
  • Tribol: a type of match game in which three play, each against each. Each player plays two different matches with one own ball.
  • Baseball (Best Ball): A type of match game in which one plays against the best ball of two or three other players.
  • Forbol: A type of match game in which two play against two, each with their own ball, the best of the results of two players versus the best result of the other two players.

The easiest way for beginners

Just getting acquainted with the rules of golf and the basics of the game, it is quite difficult for beginners to control the rounds and the passage of holes, taking into account all the nuances. In order not to be mistaken, you can count points according to the simplest system - recording the won and lost holes. It is not difficult to do this: it is necessary to fix the number of strokes that the player and his opponent needed to score the ball, and the total number of all holes. For example, if a player A it took 3 hits to put the ball into the hole, and the player B 5 strokes, the one who spent the least number of strokes (i.e. 3) wins. The winner will be determined by the amount of holes won.

Counting Card

Scorecard - a card in which everything related to the game is recorded: features of the golf course, number of holes, player’s score and the result of the competition. After the match, the flight partners check each other’s notes, certify the score cards with their signatures and the marker’s autograph, and then pass them on to the board of judges. The account card reflects the entire course of the game, so you need to fill it carefully and carefully. A player may be disqualified for false information about the course of a match.

The scoring system in the basic formats of the game is based on a pair, which for each hole is determined separately depending on the length of the field, terrain, the presence of obstacles and traps. The most common are standard wells with par-3, 4, and 5. A standard site consists of 18 holes, and the total field pairs are calculated by the sum of the pairs for each well.

The combination of holes in STRAWBERRY FIELDS looks like this:

  • par-3 - four holes,
  • par-4 - ten holes,
  • par-5 - four holes.

On the score card opposite each hole is her Par. When passing the field, the player must record the number of strokes that he needed to score the ball at each stage of the game.

Usually, an 18-hole field has Par 72. The smaller the total amount of strokes in the player’s map, the closer to victory.

The final result of the game is affected not only by the accuracy of the athlete and the number of strokes, but also by the availability of penalties. The penalty system in golf provides penalties for violations of the rules and etiquette from a penalty kick to disqualification of a player.

With the same number of points for several players after the final round, a replay is carried out to determine the winner.

According to the established requirements, a modern golf ball has a weight of at least 45.9 grams and a diameter of at least 42.67 mm. According to its internal design, the golf ball can be of various types.

If you have just started to learn golf and still partially do not know the rules, do not worry! The practical minimum, coupled with club etiquette, is usually set out on the player’s score card. But if your goal is not just participation, but a confident victory, you need to know the rules of the game of golf by heart.

In golf, there are two main game formats - match play and straw play. The first is a match in which the holes become the basis for scoring, and the second is the competition on the score, where the number of strokes is fixed.

Material from, golf encyclopedia

Stableford (Stableford) - the format of a game of golf, a system for calculating the results of a game of golf. Unlike the format of the game on the score (where the number of shots made by the golfer is counted, and the result is better, the smaller hits made), involves taking into account points awarded depending on the result of the draw of each hole (and the result is better, the better more points scored).

Synonyms: Stableford, stableford system, stableford glasses.

Stableford's glasses system was developed by Dr. Frank Barney Gorton Stableford (Dr. Frank Barney Gorton Stableford) (1870 - 1959). According to some data, it was proposed in 1930 and was first used in competition at the Wallacey English Golf Club (Wallasey golf club) in 1932. According to other sources, it was used informally for the first time back in 1898 at the Glemorganshire Golf Club in Wales (Glamorganshire golf club).

The initial goal of the system was to propose a format where the golfers who unsuccessfully played one or two holes would remain interested in the game round, especially at the beginning of the round. The format of the game on the score requires passing each hole from the beginning to its completion, no matter how large the score on it. A player who cannot complete the hole in compliance with all the requirements of the rules shall be disqualified and forced to stop the game. In contrast, in the format of points Stableford a golfer who is experiencing significant difficulties in a particular hole (losing the ball, getting into obstacles, unsuccessful attempts to knock the ball out of the forest or from the raf, inadvertently violating several points of the rules, etc.), has the right to raise the ball, refuse to play on this hole, get for this hole 0 points, but continue the game on subsequent holes, while maintaining certain chances for a good final result. Thus, not very strong golfers can maintain a good pace in this format and experience less psychological stress. Points Format Stableford received widespread in Russia and abroad in amateur club level competitions.

Stableford Handicap Points

Points Format Stableford taking into account the handicap, points are not awarded for the gross account (actual score on the hole), but for the net score adjusted for one or more handicap handicap hits. The total handicap of the player (his playing handicap) is distributed between the holes in accordance with their handicap kick indices.

For example, if a golfer made 5 hits on hole No. 3, the hole pairs are 3, and the player is entitled to 1 handicap hit, then his net score will be in relation to the pair:

and he will get 1 stableford point for playing this hole.

If a golfer has made 6 strokes in hole No. 5, the hole pair is 5, and the player is entitled to 2 strokes of the handicap, then his net score will be in relation to the pair:

and he will get 3 Stableford points for playing this hole.

The marker is only responsible for recording the gross score (the number of strokes excluding the handicap) on each hole in which the participant scores 1 or more points with his net score (taking into account the handicap). The rules also provide for the disqualification of a golfer for the entire round, if he indicated the erroneous value of his handicap and mistakes led to an unjustified increase in the number of points he scored.

Stableford scoring based on a golfer’s game handicap is part of the European Golf Association (EGA) handicap determination system.

Stableford Modified Points System

The Stableford points system is usually used only in amateur club tournaments (in Russia, as an exception, in regional competitions, for example, in the Leningrad Region Golf Championship, in a weaker group of participants, in all-Russian competitions, in Russia’s away seasonal cups until 2006 ) In official all-Russian competitions and in professional competitions (including foreign ones) tournaments are usually held in the form of a game on the account.

At the same time, in some professional tournaments the so-called “modified” (or “progressive”) Stableford points system was used. Scoring is made in relation to a pair of holes excluding handicap handicaps in the following order.

GlassesShots in relation to the pair
+8Albatross (3 hits below steam)
+5Eagle (2 hits below steam)
+2Birdie (1 hit below steam)
−1Boggy (1 hit above steam)
−3Double bogeys and worse (2 or more strokes above a pair)

The system was introduced at the International tournament (The international) and practiced there for 21 years (until 2007). It was assumed that the system should encourage an aggressive offensive style of playing a golfer on each hole (on the board or better) and thereby increase the entertainment of the competition and the interest of the audience. The final result of the golfer when playing all holes in pairs was 0 points, and in some cases could be a negative value. Currently, in professional golf tournaments, the Stableford Modified Points System is virtually non-existent.

Game on the account

The winner is the participant who played the agreed round or rounds with the least number of strokes. When playing with a handicap, the winner is the participant who has the smallest “clean” score based on the results of the agreed round or rounds.

  • Bogey Competitions
  • Pairs Competitions
  • Stableford Competitions

Individual game: a type of competition in which each participant plays for themselves.

Varieties of formats

Force is played by a team of two players who hit the ball in turn. One player kicks from the tee in even holes, the second player in odd holes, regardless of who made the last stalemate in the first hole. Other strokes are taken in turn until the hole is completed. Penalty kicks do not affect the order of the game. The game in force format can be played according to the rules of the match game or game on the account.

Variants of the force are grins, canadian force and combined force, in which two female or male golf teams take turns in succession. In the Canadian force, each player makes a hit from the tee-field with his own ball and the players then decide which ball has the best position, the rest of the balls are removed from the game.

It is played like force, but each player plays with his ball and the best result of the team is counted. Forbol can be played by the rules of the match game or the game on the account. In a tribal game, three players play against each other, thus playing two separate matches. A slightly different form of baseball, in which one player plays against the best ball of one of the other players.


This is a form of score game in which points are scored for points awarded for a fixed score in each hole as follows:

Well score = Points

  • 2 higher pair or worse = 0
  • 1 higher pair = 1
  • 0 game in pairs = 2
  • 1 lower pair = 3
  • 2 lower pair = 4
  • 3 lower pair = 5
  • 4 lower pair = 6

The winner is the one who scores the most points.

Each player of the team (of two, three or four players) makes the first hit on each hole, and the players decide which of the blows was the best. Other players take their balls and make a second shot from this place, this procedure is repeated until the hole is played to the end. Raised balls must be placed at a distance of the width of the participant’s card from the selected place. If the game is on the green, the ball is placed at the distance of the head of one pater from the marker.

It is similar to scramble, but in the format of ambrose handicaps are used on the principle, as in the game on the account. A net score is a total score minus a handicap. Team handicaps are calculated as follows: the handicaps of all team members are added up and divided by twice the number of team players.

Texas scramble

Texas scramble is a variety in which both individual players and teams are awarded. During one round, each player must use the entire set of drivers. If the team has a novice player, it would be wise to use drivers at the beginning of the game to relieve the team’s stress until the end of the game.

A type of match game in which each hole is awarded a certain number of points or a certain amount of money that can be obtained only by winning the hole. If more than one player has the best hole score, money or points go to the next hole, which makes all subsequent holes significantly more valuable. If two or more players share a victory in the last hole, the playoffs begin until one of the players wins.

A kind of force bomb in which both players of a team make a hit from a tee-pad, after which each team chooses the best strike. The player whose ball was not selected makes the second hit and all subsequent even hits on this hole, the other player on the team makes all the odd shots.

The first six holes are played in the forbol format, the next six in the grins format, and the last six in the force format. Points for the last hits are considered as force format.

A kind of phorbol, where each player kicks from a tee-ground and changes position to hit the second ball (each player of the same team hits the ball of a player of the same team), after which they decide which of the two balls they will play all remaining holes. The other ball is retracted. As soon as the best position is chosen, the players of the team take punches in turn, until they lead the ball into the hole. Also called Pinehurst.