Par and Bogey Competitions

A Par 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 at each hole as follows:

Par Competition points table


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.

In Par and Bogey competition the winner is the player who wins the most net holes, so players have to know and allocate their handicap strokes to each hole. See net score page for more information about the allocation of handicap strokes.

See simple Stroke Play / Par Competition score calculator here.

See also:

The complete, universal stroke play scorecard

with calculation of Par Competition score.


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update: September 2022