Par/Bogey Format

A par competition (par/bogey competition) is a form of Stroke Play where the scoring is made as in 18-hole Match Play. The golfer plays a match against par on every hole (a virtual scratch golfer who plays pars at all holes). The opponent is the player’s potential and there are only three outcomes for each hole: Win, Halve or Loss. The points are awarded in relation to the par (or bogey) at each hole as follows:

stableford points, par bogey points, par/bogey

The table shows a comparison of points scored in the Par/Bogey format with Stableford scoring.

A bogey competition is the variation of the classic par competition. The only difference is that the golfer plays against “bogey” on every hole. In this competition “bogey” does not necessarily mean one over par and its value is determined by Committee for each hole. It is normally the same as the par score, occasionally it is a shot higher. Some more traditional clubs have par and bogey scores for each hole on their scorecards.

Points in these formats can be counted in relation to the net par value or the gross par value. In handicap competitions (net score) players have to know and allocate their handicap strokes to each holeNet score page shows more information about the allocation of handicap strokes.

The side with the highest total number of points scored on all holes wins.

See simple Stroke Play and Par/Bogey Competition score calculator here.

See also:

The complete, universal stroke play scorecard
(including Par/Bogey scoring)

that calculates the net Stroke Play and Par/Bogey score of the entire round of golf.

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update: December 2023