The scorecard – what it means

All golf courses have their own scorecard (card of the course), which is unique to that course.

On the card, you will find a whole host of information regarding the club, including things like an outline map of the course layout, and the colour of the flags on the different nines.

The only information you will find on all cards is:

The scorecard itself – sometimes clubs have separate cards for different member categories, but in the main these are all contained in the one card.

The ‘Local Rules’ of that Club. There is provision within the rules of golf for a club committee to agree rules concerning local circumstances and features. Sometimes these over-ride the rules of golf, but in the main they are intended to give guidance regarding local conditions. You should always check the local rules before going out on a course, especially in competitions.
If a particular situation is not covered by local rules, then the rules of golf apply.
For most competitions, these details will probably have been completed.

The centre part shows the hole number, and the length in yards (or metres) – for each of the tee types – the colours normally correspond with those on the tee markers.

In this case, the Stroke Index is the same for both the white (medal) and yellow (Men’s’ normal) tees, but different from the Ladies’ (red) tees. The card also has space for 2 players’ scores + those of the marker.

The ‘out’ and ‘in’ nine totals are summarized at the bottom of the card, and the total (nett score/ Stableford points etc (see the next section) written in the large box.

The card is then signed by both the player and the marker.

Failure to do this will result in disqualification!

Many cards also carry a request to avoid slow play – the worst enemy of everyone on the golf course!