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2015 Handbook


I play on Saturdays with The Scuds Social Golf Club Inc. with official handicaps and organised fixtures

Current Handicap 14.9

SCUD – A Missile with limited range, often with erratic and inaccurate flight paths and direction and usually ending with disappointing results. But who cares!

SCUD’S TRI-GOLF Each player plays 18 holes
                                    6 holes of Stroke
                                    6 holes of Stableford
                                    6 holes of Par
Each player must nominate the game that he wishes to play prior to teeing off on the 1st, 7th and 13th tees


Example of scoring system    Player on 18 Handicap
Stroke Score 
(6 holes)
Deduct 1/3 of your handicap 
(18 handicap)
Deduct Stableford score 
- pts scored
(6 Holes)
Par score
Add a ” –“ Subtract “+”Par score 
(6 Holes)

(The Lowest score is the winner)

Stableford involves scoring points based on results at each hole. Using the index for each hole, players are able to make a mental allocation of their full handicap for each of the 18 holes, (See chart back page). For example, a player on a handicap of 18 will add one shot to the par value of each hole to determine their own par for the hole. Thus a hole rated as a par 4 becomes a par 5 for the player.

The points scoring method is then calculated by allocating two points for a par, one point for one over, three points for one under, four points for two under, and so on. For example, a player receiving a stroke on a par 4 hole scores 4 giving them a net 3; for this the player receives 3 points. A player at a par 3 hole scores a 4 but does not receive a stroke; for this the player would receive 1 point.
1 over  handicap Par = 1 pt
Par = 2 pts
    1 under = 3 pts
    2 under = 4 pts
    3 under = 5 pts  etc.
Players who exceed their own par by two strokes score no points for the hole and, since they cannot improve on that result, they should pick up their ball. (Unless a novelty prize is available).

At the end of the round all points scored are added up and the player having the highest number of points is the winner. When marking the scorecard, the number of strokes taken must always be shown for holes where points are scored. Thus, the card records both strokes and points.

Par (Bogey) competition challenges players to beat their own handicap par. If players better their par, they score a ‘+’ (plus) for the hole. If players equal their own par, they are said to have halved or squared the hole which is scored with an ‘O’. If par is not achieved, a ‘-‘ (minus) sign is recorded. At the end of the round the plus and minus signs are added and the net result written in as so many ‘up’, ‘down’ or ‘all square’.A player is allowed their full stroke handicap and the strokes are taken at holes as indicated on the card. Where the handicap is more than 18, two strokes will be allowed on the number of holes that the handicap exceeds 18.Par BisqueAs in "par" but handicap strokes may be taken as a player decides, up to the maximum of his handicap. The decision about the number of handicap strokes to take and the resultant score is made at the end of each hole and before play on the next hole commenced.


Ambrose Competition
This event can be played as a two, three or four-person event, although the four-person event is the most popular. Each player plays a tee shot at each hole.  The Captain then selects the best drive, which is then marked by its owner.  The other members retrieve their balls and in turn place their ball on the fairway (one club length no nearer the hole, or if in the rough, drop in the rough within one club-length of the selected position (no nearer the hole) and play their second shots.  If in a bunker smooth and place. This procedure of selecting the best position continues until a ball is holed.  When on the green, balls are placed on the selected marked spot.This event can be played as a gross event, the Club Captain will detemine the number of drives per team, with each group having a spread of handicaps, or as a handicap event where a fraction of the aggregate handicaps is used.  The most common method of determining handicap is:
Two-person event – ¼  of aggregate stroke handicap;
Three-person event – 1/6 of aggregate handicap; 
Four-person event – ?  of stroke handicap.4 Ball Stroke (2 Players)
Both players play their own ball throughout; For example, Players A and B form one team, at the end of each hole, the low score after handicap between the two partners on each team is that team's score. i.e. two players: player A on an 18 handicap and player B on a 9 handicap. At each hole the player’s handicap for that hole is calculated, the player with the lowest score records the result.Play at hole 1 with a course rating of 11 player A scores a 5 which with his extra shot on handicap for that hole would score a net 4, Player B has a 5 but does not get a shot so his score would be 5 with no handicap = net 5 so player A’s score of 4 will count as it is the lowest score.


Russian Stableford
This is a pairs event. The two  stableford scores are multiplied together to create a team score on a hole by hole basis. For example, if one of the partners scores 3 points and the other scores 2 the result is 6, but if one player scores 2 and the other wipes the hole the result is 0 or a wipe for the pairing. In effect both players must score on each hole, even 3 x 1 is 3 points scored.4 Club Stableford
This is a novelty event you are only allowed four clubs in the bag, no other conditions apply.

Canadian pairs
Match play game for teams of two where both partners drive and they choose the best drive and then play alternate shots for the rest of hole as in foursomes. Match play
Match play is a hole-by-hole contest; think of it as 18 one-hole contests. The winner is the player who wins the most holes. When a player is more holes up than there are holes remaining to play, he wins. This means that matches can end before the 18th hole or they can go beyond 18 until a winner is decided. Match play even allows for ties.  This happens in team competitions such as the President’s Team v’s Captain’s team. In those cases, a halved match results in each team being awarded a half point. The winning team on most matches won share the pool.



Tour Winner - Peter Faulks

If there is a ball in the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker.

If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint!

Dalit Bay Course



Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic.

Though this cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water.

SCUDS at Araluen 21/6/14
Hole 16, a 165 Metre Par 3 is a 60 metre high drop to the hole with babbling brook and small lake in front, bunker at the rear, I used a 5 Iron, Lee uses a 3 iron, photographer Rob used a 5 iron
and Terry (watching) is the only one to hit the green!



Birdie: One under par (e.g. four on a par five)
Eagle: Two under par (e.g. three on a par five)
Albatross: Three under par (e.g. two on a par five)
Bogey: One over par (e.g. six on a par five)
Double Bogey: Two over par (e.g. seven on a par five)

Every par-three hole in the world has a secret desire to humiliate golfers.

The shorter the hole, the greater its desire.

Handicap Calculator


Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys

to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.



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