Using Stableford Scoring

How are stableford points worked out and how to calculate your scores on individual holes.

How to Use Stableford Scoring

To calculate how many Stableford points you score, you firstly need to work out your awarded shots on the particular hole.


Awarded shots are how many additional strokes per hole you are awarded based on your handicap. If you are an 18 handicap golfer, then you would naturally get awarded one additional stroke per hole. But for a 24 handicap golfer, you would receive one extra stoke per hole plus one extra stroke on the 6 most difficult holes based on their stoke index.


1) Awarded Shots in Stableford

2) Understanding how the Stroke Index Works

3) Calculating your hole scores


Once you know how many stokes/shots you have been awareded, you can then quickly convert your shots into points. The table below shows how to strokes to points.

To calculate how many Stableford points you score, you need to work out your awarded shots on the particular hole.

 

By working out the difference, you can quickly convert your shots into points. The table below shows how to strokes to points.

Total Shots Played +/- Awarded Shots
Points Scored
+2 or more
0
+1
1
0
2
-1
3
-2
4
-3
5

An example for Stableford Scoring

So lets say as an 18 handicap golfer, you played a par 4 hole. You took 5 strokes. 


1) You would have been awarded 1 additional shot per hole so your target score would have been 5 shots.

2) As you took 5 shots, you would have scored 2 points.

3) If you have taken 6 shots, you would have only scored 1 point

4) If you had taken 7 shots, you would have scored 0 points

4) If you had taken 4 shots you would have scored 3 points

5) If you had birdied the hole and taken 3 shots, you would have scored 4 points

Whatever your handicap – you should be looking to score a minimum of 36 points (2 points per hole x 18 holes). If you score 36 points, then you are playing to your handicap. If you score less than 36 you game was below your handicap. If you score more, then you were playing better than your handicap.


Anything around 43 to 45 points or more – means your a bandit…or just improving quickly:)

Examples

18 Handicap Player

 

Mr Pink is an 18 Handicap Golfer and he will receive one shot per hole.

 

Par 3 Example

 

Mr Pink knows he should take 4 shots to complete a Par 3, as he receives one shot per hole. If he plays +1, he would have played 4 and get 2 points. If he plays 0 (i.e. par), he would have played one under his awarded shots and therefore he would get 3 points. If he plays a -1 (Birdie), he would have played 2 under his awarded shots and would get 4 points

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