Those of you who have decided to play golf in Phuket probably won’t know that sometimes the golf clubs on the island have handicapped tournaments that everyone can enter. They are a great way to play the course, meet some local people and also to maybe win a prize or two. However, some of the tournaments in Phuket use the Stableford Points System to score the tournaments, which in all honesty is not used that much among golfers. So for those of you that don’t know how the Stableford System works, let us tell you how.
Stableford is actually a great system for those golfers who have some really great holes and some really bad ones in the same round. The system doesn’t score your bad holes, only your good ones. If you shoot a few birdies every round but with a few triple-bogeys as well, you’ll love Stableford.
Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, as in stroke play, it involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. Unlike traditional scoring methods, where the aim is to have the lowest score, under Stableford rules, the objective is to have the highest score.
Stableford can have the added benefit of speeding up the pace of play, as once it is no longer possible to score a point, a player does not have to complete the hole but can simply pick up his/her ball and proceed to the next hole. It is a popular form of the game, especially at club level and particularly in the United Kingdom, as it is still possible to record a competitive score despite having the occasional bad hole.
The number of points awarded on each hole is determined based on comparison of the number of strokes taken to a fixed score, usually par. This fixed score is then adjusted in relation to the player’s handicap. Once a player has taken two strokes more than the adjusted fixed score, they may pick up their ball as it is then not possible to score any points on that hole. They can then resume play on the next hole. Because of this, it is still possible to be competitive even allowing for a few bad holes.
At the end of the round, the number of points scored on each hole is totaled to give a final score. The winner of a Stableford competition is the player with the highest point total. Final scores may be modified for all players using the Competition Stableford Adjustment system.
The scores are generally used this way:
Points Strokes taken on the hole
0 2 strokes or more over, or no score recorded
1 1 stroke over
2 Same number of strokes
3 1 stroke under
4 2 strokes under
5 3 strokes under
6 4 strokes under
Next time you visit Phuket for a golf holiday with your friends, why not try and use the Stableford Scoring System, because not only is it fun, but also a new way at looking at the game.