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2019 Rule: “Maximum Score” will be a new, additional form of stroke play:

  • A player’s score for each hole is capped at a maximum set by the Committee, which may be fixed (such as 6, 8, 10, etc.), related to par (such as two times par or triple bogey), or related to the player’s handicap (such as net double bogey).
  • A player who does not complete a hole (often referred to informally as “picking up”) will not be disqualified, but simply gets the maximum score for the hole.

Reasons for Change:

The need to hole out on every hole in stroke play can have at least two downsides: (1) it often leads to a slow pace of play, and (2) it may discourage golfers who feel they no longer have a realistic chance to compete or to make a good score for the round once they get a very high score on one or two holes.

Maximum Score will be an alternative form of play that addresses both concerns, by allowing a player to “pick up” when he or she scores at or above the maximum and by capping the player’s score for any hole at the maximum. 

The Maximum Score form of play will be unlikely to be used for elite play, but it may be useful in many other contexts, such as for play by beginners or golfers who are less skilled or experienced and, more generally, for club level and day-to-day play when pace of play is a particular concern.

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Posted by Norm Slator at
09/10/2018 01:10 PM
What happens with State or National stroke events?
Posted by John `JT' Thomas at
16/09/2018 11:49 AM
It clearly states "capped at a maximum set by a committee".......presumably a committee will recognise the difference and benefits between a low and high handicapper. Is it possible for a committee to set double net bogey up to 20handicap and triple net above 20 ?.
Posted by Dave Pollock at
29/08/2018 05:07 PM
Stroke is stroke and stableford is stableford. The two should not be morphed into one. Capping at net double is the same as playing stableford. In smaller comps, all hcps compete together. Why should a high hcp have a better chance than a low hcp? If you can't get out of a bunker, learn. If you are having a bad round, tough it out then enjoy a beer at the end. If you are going to allow a cap, then it needs to be at least 4 over par.
Posted by sue at
16/08/2018 07:47 AM
I don't like it for ladies comps. I know of instances where monthly medals could have been won by high handicappers who had 13 on hole.
Posted by Peter at
06/08/2018 04:57 PM
this is what pickup stableford events already do - and is no longer stroke play
Posted by Richard S at
03/08/2018 01:40 AM
The net double bogey is the best format for this maximum score stroke variation I think. I like its potential for speeding play. It avoids big numbers and allows the player to still post a decent score with maybe one or even two poor holes. Players will be more likely to take a maximum score sometimes instead of taking a lot of time on stroke and distance for a lost ball,for example.
Posted by Brian Fitzpatrick at
29/07/2018 06:09 PM
Agreed. But penalty should be high enough so that a player can continue a stroke round and still post a score. Double par seems a sensible maximum. I have seen several players at our club dq themselves on the first hole in a stroke event because they cannot get out of a bunker.
Posted by steve at
24/07/2018 01:24 PM
While I understand the reason for this rule given the increased handicaps this is no longer stroke play.

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