How to Calculate Stableford Score

By Michael Joseph
The Stableford Scoring system take handicaps into account to assign scores by hole and is popular when players of different skill levels compete.
The Stableford Scoring system take handicaps into account to assign scores by hole and is popular when players of different skill levels compete.

Golf's Stableford scoring system rewards golfers with points on a hole-by-hole basis for shooting certain scores. The lower your score, the more points you receive, and the golfer with the most points wins. The Stableford system is a popular format at golf clubs and for charity outings. The system tends to benefit higher-handicap players because a very high score on a hole is not penalized with negative points. Below, you will learn how to calculate a Stableford score.

How to Calculate a Stableford Score

First you need to know your course handicap. Use your USGA handicap index to get the conversion to the course handicap. Ask the golf professional if you need help.

Once you have the course handicap you need to figure out your adjusted par. If your handicap is 18, then you will add 1 stroke to par each hole to get your adjusted par. Say you are a 10 handicap, then you will add 1 stroke to par on the 10 hardest handicap holes to get your adjusted par.

Before you start the round, write your adjusted par on the scorecard to prevent later confusion. After every hole fill in your gross (non-adjusted) score and any points you may have earned in the box below your score.

Decide on the point system. Typically the value system that is followed is: 0 points - 2 strokes or more over adjusted par; 1 point - 1 stroke over adjusted par; 2 points - your adjusted par; 3 points - 1 stroke under your adjusted par; 4 points - 2 strokes under your adjusted par; 5 points - 3 strokes under your adjusted par.

Play using the scoring system.

About the Author

Michael Joseph is a golf industry professional in New Jersey. He has worked as a golf professional, instructor, and clubmaker. Joseph's education includes a degree in golf operations management and a certification in club-fitting from The Golf Academy of America (formally the San Diego Golf Academy). Joseph shares his golf experience and knowledge with others by writing articles for Demand Media Studios and Golflink.com.

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