Net vs Gross Scoring

The net score in golf is calculated differently depending on the scoring format being used. In Stroke Play, the net score is determined by subtracting the player's handicap from their gross score, which represents the actual number of strokes taken during a round. This adjustment helps level the playing field by accounting for differences in skill levels among players.

In Stableford scoring, however, the net score is calculated differently. While the gross score (actual number of strokes taken) is still used, the net score is based on the points earned relative to a predefined scoring system for each hole. Players earn points based on how their score on each hole compares to a set standard, often par. This scoring format rewards players for achieving scores better than the predefined standard and penalizes them for scores worse than the standard.

In summary, while both Stroke Play and Stableford scoring use the concept of a net score, they apply it differently. Stroke Play adjusts the raw stroke count by subtracting the player's handicap, whereas Stableford calculates points based on performance relative to a predetermined standard for each hole.

In Stableford scoring, the points awarded for each hole are typically based on the player's score relative to par. Here's a common breakdown:


  • Net Double Bogey or Worse: 0 points (2 or more strokes above net par)
  • Net Bogey: 1 point (1 stroke above net par)
  • Net Par: 2 points (net par)
  • Net Birdie: 3 points (1 stroke below net par)
  • Net Eagle: 4 points (2 strokes below net par)
  • Net Albatross or Better: 5 points (3 strokes or more below net par)

Net par = par + extra strokes received due to the player's handicap.



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