- Note: Bogey, par and Stableford are competitions played under the stroke play format, with each player competing against a fixed score for each hole. The player with the most “wins” during the competition is the winner, as in match play.
- Example: Maurice scores a net 5 on the first hole, a par 5. In bogey competition, he would “win” the hole and go 1-up; in par competition, he would earn a halve and be all square. At round’s end, Maurice has 6 wins and 3 losses for an aggregate total of 3-up.
Golf Rule 32, Bogey, Par and Stableford Competitions – Simplified Version
In bogey (or par) competition, the object is to beat a score of bogey (or par) on as many holes as possible.
In Stableford competition, a point value is assigned for different scores on a hole (e.g., birdie, par, bogey). The player with the highest point total wins.
32-1. Stroke play rules apply to bogey, par and Stableford competitions, except where the rules are at odds with the specific rules in this section. If handicaps are being used, the player with the lowest net score on a hole (gross score minus any handicap strokes) has honors on the next tee.
In scoring bogey and par competitions, any hole on which no score is recorded is considered a loss. The player loses any hole on which he breaks Rule 4 (Clubs), Rule 6-4 (Caddie) or any local rule or condition of competition that carries a maximum per-round penalty. Any player not reporting a rules violation is disqualified.
A competitor who breaks Rule 6-3a (Time of Starting) by showing up late, but is on the tee and ready within five minutes of his tee time, is penalized with the loss of one hole on his total. The same applies if a player breaks Rule 6-7 (Undue Delay; Slow Play).
Stableford competitions are scored under the following point system:
Triple eagle (4-under par on a hole) – 6 points; double eagle – 5 points; eagle – 4 points; birdie – 3 points; par – 2 points; bogey – 1 point; double bogey or worse – 0 points.
A player who breaks any rule that carries a maximum per-round penalty must report the violation before turning in his scorecard; otherwise, he’s disqualified. When such a violation is reported, two points are deducted for each hole on which he broke the rule, up to a maximum of four points per round for each rule broken.
A competitor who breaks Rule 6-3a (Time of Starting) by showing up late, but is on the tee and ready within five minutes of his tee time, loses two points from his total. The same applies if a player breaks Rule 6-7 (Undue Delay; Slow Play).
The tournament committee can set pace-of-play guidelines imposing maximum times to play a shot, hole or round. In this case, a first violation brings a one-point penalty; a second violation earns an additional two-point penalty; a third violation results in disqualification.
32-2. Disqualification under any of these rules means disqualification from a bogey, par or Stableford competition: Rule 1-3 (Agreement to Waive Rules), Rule 3-4 (Refusal to Comply with a Rule), Rule 4 (Clubs), Rule 5-1 or 5-2 (the Ball), Rule 6-2b (Handicap), Rule 6-3 (Time of Starting and Groups), Rule 6-4 (Caddie), Rule 6-6b (Signing and Returning Score Card), Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole, unless the violation doesn’t change the result of the hole), Rule 6-7 (Undue Delay; Slow Play), Rule 6-8 (Discontinuance of Play), Rule 7-1 (Practice Before or Between Rounds), Rule 11-1 (Teeing), Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment), Rule 22-1 (Ball Assisting Play), or Rule 33-7 (Disqualification Penalty Imposed by Committee).
In all other instances where breaking a rule would bring disqualification, the player is only DQ’d for that particular hole.
Bogey, par and Stableford competitions are forms of stroke play in which play is against a fixed score at each hole. The Rules for stroke play, so far as they are not at variance with the following specific Rules, apply.
In handicap bogey, par and Stableford competitions, the competitor with the lowest net score at a hole takes the honor at the next teeing ground.
a. Bogey and Par Competitions
The scoring for bogey and par competitions is made as in match play.
Any hole for which a competitor makes no return is regarded as a loss. The winner is the competitor who is most successful in the aggregate of holes.
The marker is responsible for marking only the gross number of strokes for each hole where the competitor makes a net score equal to or less than the fixed score.
b. Stableford Competitions
The winner is the competitor who scores the highest number of points.
The marker is responsible for marking only the gross number of strokes at each hole where the competitor’s net score earns one or more points.
32-2. Disqualification Penalties
a. From the Competition
b. For a Hole
In all other cases where a breach of a Rule would result in disqualification, the competitor is disqualified only for the hole at which the breach occurred.