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Format of Events
Below is a description of the type of events that may be organised by Khon Kaen Golf. Our end-of-month event has always been an individual stableford competition, and is considered a qualifying round for handicapping purposes.
Strokeplay (Medal)


Each hole is played in turn off the tees as determined by the organisers. The gross score for each hole is recorded. At the end of the round the totals for each 9 holes and the complete 18 holes are entered. Subtract the player's handicap from the 18 hole total to give a net score. The player with the lowest net score wins the competition.



A form of strokeplay, but a player can score points on each individual hole.

Players receive shots for a hole dependant upon their handicap and the stroke indices as printed on the score card for each hole. E.g. for a 15 handicap, a player will receive 1 shot for each hole that has a stroke index of 15 or less, on the other holes the player does not receive a shot. For players with a handicap greater than 18; subtract 18 from the handicap to give a number between 1 and 10 (max handicap is 28), for each hole where the stroke index is not greater than the number they receive 2 shots, for all other holes they receive 1 shot.

For each hole the gross score is recorded. Subtract any shots received for that particular hole to give a net score. Points are allocated according to the following table:

            Net score is 2 or more above par                   0 points

            Net score is 1 above par                                1 point

            Net score is equal to par                               2 points

            Net score is 1 below par                               3 points

            Net score is 2 below par                               4 points

            Net score is 3 below par                               5 points.

At the end of the round the points for each hole are totalled, the player with the most number of points is the winner.


Doubles, Better ball.

Teams will consist of 2 players. Each player will play the hole individually as normal, but only the lowest net score of the 2 players will count.

The method of scoring will be determined by the organisers; it could be stroke play (with a team handicap) or stableford points (using individual player’s handicaps).


Doubles, Other Formats.

Aggregate. The scores of both players are added together.

Blind Partners. The same as Aggregate but each team member plays in a different group, so the combined score will not be known until all players have completed their rounds.



This is a team event; the numbers per team will be determined by the organisers but can be 2, 3 or 4 players. Each team nominates a captain. Each team member will drive off from the tee; the captain will then decide which ball to play as their second shot. Each team member will then take their second shot from this point (regardless of where their original drive finished). Shots should be taken within one clubs length of the ball (on the green, 3 inches), no nearer the hole. This method continues until the ball is holed.

The method of scoring will be determined by the organisers; it could be stroke play (with or without a team handicap) or stableford points (with or without a team handicap).

Variations are possible to this basic method; 1. each team member must have a certain number of drives selected; 2. the team member whose drive has been selected cannot take the second shot, but can take any subsequent shots. The organisers will determine which, if any, of the variations will be used for a particular competition.


Team Events, Other Formats.

One, Two, Three. Each team member plays their own individual ball. On holes 1 – 6 the best individual net score is used; holes 7 – 12 the best 2 net scores are added together; holes 13 – 18 best 3 net scores are added together. Scoring is by stableford points (using individual player’s handicap allowance). The team with the highest number of points is the winner.

Waltz. Similar to 'One, Two, Three' but here hole 1 is the best score, hole 2 – best two scores, hole 3 – best three scores; hole 4 back to best score, hole 5 – best two scores and so on. Therefore, best score on holes 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16; best two scores on holes 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17; three scores on holes 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18.


4-Club Challenge.

Each player can only take a maximum of 4 clubs to play his round; that is, 3 clubs of the player’s own choice and a putter. Method of scoring is individual stableford with full handicap allowance. Player with the highest number of points is the winner.

Score Cards

Although not always recognised as such, the filling out of score cards is an important and integral part of the game of golf. Please take some time to study our guidelines.


Completion of Score Cards

All players participating in events run by Khon Kaen Golf are requested to complete their score cards using the following guidelines.

1.                   Player’s name (printed), handicap and date should be entered at the top of the card.

2.                  Cards should be swapped between player and marker BEFORE they start their round.

3.                  For each hole enter the gross number of strokes taken.

4.                  Stableford competition only. For each hole enter the number of points awarded, dependent upon stroke index and handicap (note: markers can enter the net score if they want, but this is optional).

5.                  At the end of the round ensure totals for strokes and points are recorded for outward 9, inward 9 and full round.

6.                  Strokeplay competition only. Subtract player handicap from the total gross score to give net score.

7.                  Depending upon the type of competition either the net score or total number of points should be written prominently next to the players name at the top of the card and circled.

8.                  When player and marker have agreed the card, both should sign the card, markers should also print their name. The card can then be submitted to the organisers,

It is common practice in Khon Kaen for caddies to complete score cards, although not ideal this is allowed. However, please remember you are responsible for the accuracy of the card, you have signed it and you are the one who may be disqualified from the competition should any irregularities occur.

Although the ‘Rules of Golf’ stipulate that it is the ‘committee’ who are responsible for calculating stableford points, it is a requirement of Khon Kaen Golf that you complete this task. Calculating individual stableford scores for all players can be a long and arduous process and it is not practical for the organisers to do this immediately after a competition. The organisers will restrict themselves to checking only the cards of the prize winners.

Similarly with the gross score and totals; these are used in handicap calculations and it greatly assists the organisers to have these numbers already entered on the card.

Countback System

It seems inevitable these days that at the end of one of our competitions we finish up with two or more players being tied on the same number of points (or number of strokes). This requires us to make use of a ‘countback system’ to determine the final positions. To eliminate any confusion and for the avoidance of doubt the countback method used by Khon Kaen Golf is as follows.

For those players who are tied the ‘back 9’ (last 9 holes played) will be reviewed. The player with the most points over the ‘back 9’ will deemed to be the winner (of the tie), the player with the second highest number of points will be second, and so on until all players (within the tie) have been determined. If scores are tied for the ‘back 9’ the same procedure will be applied in the following order; back 6, back 3, back 2, back 1. If still tied at this point, the player with the LOWEST handicap will win the tie. Finally, if needed, the winner will be decided by the ‘toss of a coin’ (or by drawing lots if more than 2 people).

If the competition is strokeplay it is the player with the least number of net strokes (not most number of points) that will be the winner.

On the rare occasion that play starts on two different tees the ‘back 9’ are deemed to be holes 10 to 18, irrespective of which hole a player actually started at.