Golf Game Variations

WNHGA plays Team Play under the four-ball scoring system. Cards are popped and the best net score of the team is recorded per hole. The best scores are then added up for the team score.

golf rulesVariation: Match Play

  • Match play is a scoring system for golf in which a player, or team, earns a point for each hole in which they have bested their opponents; (this is as opposed to stroke play, in which the total number of strokes is counted.)
  • Unlike stroke play, in which the unit of scoring is the total number of strokes taken over one or more rounds of golf, match play scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost.
  • On each hole, the most that can be gained is one point.
  • Golfers play as normal, counting the strokes taken on a given hole.
  • The golfer with the lowest score on a given hole receives one point.
  • If the golfers tie, then the hole is halved.
  • Scoring match play using handicaps is not done exactly the same way it is done in a stroke play event.

Variation: 18-hole Stroke Play

In 18-hole stroke play where Player A is a -10 handicap and Player B is a -19 handicap

  • Player A gets one stroke off his score on the ten hardest holes (by handicap rating on scorecard)
  • Player B gets two strokes off his score on the hardest hole and one stroke off on the other 17.
  • In match play, Player A would play as “scratch” (zero handicap) and Player B would get one stroke off his score on the nine hardest holes. In other words, the 10 handicap becomes zero and the 19 handicap becomes nine.

Other Game Variations

Stableford Points Play

Stableford points play (originated by Dr Frank Stableford, 1870–1959; first used on 16 May 1932 at Wallasey Golf Club, Cheshire, England) is where the player gains points for the score achieved on each hole of the round or tournament (1 point for a bogey, 2 points for a par, 3 points for a birdie, 4 points for an eagle). The points achieved for each hole of the round or tournament are added to produce the total points score, and the player with the highest score wins.

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