Stableford Format

Stableford and Modified Stableford are the scoring systems of stroke play which take into account the amount of strokes taken at particular holes. The points are awarded in relation to the par at each hole as follows:

stableford points, par bogey points, par/bogey

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

Stableford points 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 hole. Net 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.

Stableford system avoid golfers giving up after a terrible hole and also increases the pace of play as golfers can simply pick up there ball and proceed to the next hole.

The simple Stroke Play and Stableford score calculator for one hole is available on next page.

See also:

The complete, universal stroke play scorecard
(including Stableford scoring)

with calculation of Stroke Play net score and Stableford points.


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update: December 2023