How to use a Golf Scorecard correctly

If you fill out your golf scorecard incorrectly while playing a professional game, this will result in your disqualification. However, for the everyday golfer this is not such a big deal. Beginners use the scorecard as a means to track their playing progress. There is no one method that is set in stone as to how you go about filling out your golf scorecard, but the point is that you should be able to look at your scorecard and figure out what went right or wrong on the course for that day.

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How to fill out your Golf Scorecard:


Ensure you record your name in the appropriate section. Now, your usual score card will have all the numbers for the holes running in counting order across the top. Each hole will also have a column that matches to it, this will inform you as to the distance between each tee to middle point of the green for each hole. You will also have a column that tells you, the golfer- what the par and handicap are for each hole on the course. Below all this information you will have boxes allotted to each score.


Record the number of strokes you needed to finish a hole. Do this by keeping a record for each stroke in the column below that hole, which corresponds it, before moving on to the next tee.

Try to avoid writing your score while still in the general area of the green. This is out of simple courtesy to other players, because when you stop to write they cannot play until you have moved away from the green.


Circle the score for each one of the holes that you so happen to be under par for, and place a square over the score if you are over par. Example: if you have a score of 4 on a par that is a par 5 then you would circle your score. If you have a score of 6 for a par 5 hole then you would use a square to denote this. This will later enable you to quickly pick up on where you struggled and where you did well.

You can also two squares around scores that represent a double bogey. Eg. If you have a score of 7 on a par 5.


Ensure that you write down the number of putting strokes you used to place the ball into the hole on the green. This tally should be written down below the score for that hole. A golf scorecard had more than enough room to facilitate this. Keeping count of the putts you make, will help you improve on that part of the game. this article on


You will use the other columns available to keep a record of all other important factors. You will use one column to record whether you struck the ball in a fairway on each of your tee shots or not. This is denoted by a ‘N’ for no and a ‘Y’ for yes.


You will total your score after all the nine holes are completed, and write it in the box allotted to that score. Once you have finished your back nine, you need to record that score in the appropriate box, then add your back nine to the front nine score, to get the score for all the 18 holes. You will record this total in the box designated to that. Ensure to record the date on each of your scorecards and keep them so you are able to track your progress as you play.

If you so happen to be playing with others, ensure to keep your golf scorecard separate from theirs so you can track your rounds. For more in-depth information read this article, How to keep score in Golf.

by Sam Goble

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  1. emily bennette August 23, 2016 Reply

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