Marking your score on a golf scorecard sounds easy but when playing in a competition there are rules that can cause disqualification.
To help you get to grips with the basics, guide you through other scoring methods and how to record them we have put together this page with explanation & examples.
The following checklist is the fundamental basics of scorecard protocol and is standard expected practice at any golf club.
1. When entering a strokeplay competition complete the required fields on your own scorecard such as name (real name!), competition, handicap, date and indicate which tee you are playing from. If a card has been prepared for you check these details are correct. Nb, Players are responsible for knowing their own handicap.
2. Before starting your round all players must exchange scorecards with another player who is eligible to mark & sign for their score. In strokeplay competition it is not acceptable for any player to mark their own card. (See Rule 6-6)
3. After each hole players will agree the number of strokes taken and record on the card in the appropriate column. Any errors corrected should be initialled.
4. At the conclusion of the round players will agree the entire card, checking hole by hole if necessary, and sign the card in the “Markers Signature” space to confirm they are completely satisfied with the scores for each hole & the total (See Rule 6-6). If the Marker is not satisfied with any aspect of the Players scoring they should not sign the card until the issue has been referred to the competition organiser/committee. Be aware there is no penalty for incorrect addition/subtraction on a card but the gross scores for each hole & your handicap will incur a penalty if they are wrong.
5. Scorecards are exchanged back to their original owners and the player must then sign in the “Player Signature” space.
6. You are then required to enter your own score in the computer before handing in the card to the committee in the appropriate place (box under computer). Cards should be handed in as soon as possible after play and cannot be altered once handed in.
The above is based on a singles strokeplay competition and it does demonstrate the basic principles around which all scorecard marking is based. Below are examples of this singles strokeplay marking and the more complicated Stableford & Texas Scramble.