Society Rules

The Whiteley Golf Society Rules

Whilst the Whiteley Golf Society is all about enjoying ourselves, playing a game we all enjoy and raising funds for charities there is also the serious side to this of winning trophies, prizes (sometimes cash) and of course maintaining pride! Therefore, for avoidance of doubt the following rules are set out to assist with any situations that may arise.

The first rule of the Whiteley Golf Society is that golf should be played in the spirit of the game and members should strive to make all of our outings as enjoyable as possible for their fellow members and guests.

When playing in a society competition members should adhere to the rules of the host Golf Club (they will usually be found on the reverse of the scorecard); should they oppose or clash with the rules as set out by the Whiteley Golf Society below, direction should be sought from a committee member prior to commencing play from the first tee. During society golf days and competitions, members are required to comply with the following at all times;

1. All society competitions will be played using the Stableford scoring system utilising the player’s current society handicap as recorded by the Society’s computerised system and enforced by the committee. For a guide on the Stableford scoring please refer to the Scoring’ document below .

2. During society competitions, teams must assign a captain who will be responsible for keeping score for all members in the team on the scorecard during the round. Before submission of the cards at the end of the round the captain should check the scores and sign the card before submitting the card. Incomplete or unsigned cards may be disqualified.

3. During society Stableford competitions, a player should pick up if they cannot score on a hole. For most players this means that 3 over par on a hole is your maximum, this is to save time and keep the game moving.

4. From the tee: if a ball is thought to have gone into trees or out of bounds and might be lost, You must play a provisional ball, incurring a stroke penalty, if the ‘ball in play’ cannot be found within five minutes.

5. When a ball goes into a hazard it must be dropped within two club lengths at the point of entry but no nearer the hole for a one shot penalty.

6. Concessions (Gimmes) on the putting green are not allowed – you must ‘hole out’ or forfeit the hole.

7. Any objections or complaints about the event in which you partake should be raised with a member of the committee on the day of the event or as soon as practicable afterwards. The committee ‘in quorum’ (minimum 3 members) will then investigate and collectively decide on what action, if any, needs to be taken. Committee’s decision will be final.

8. In the event of a tie, a count back of the Stableford score on the back nine will be used, with the higher score winning and if the scores are still tied then the back six, the back three, and back one will be taken into account until a winner can be identified.

9. Members guests will be welcomed and encouraged to attend and support Society golf outings, and may play in the Society competition. Members should also ascertain the playing handicap of their guest/s and advise the committee – prior to the day if possible.

Rules in Brief

1) Scorecards must be marked clearly and alterations initialled by marker.
2) All scorecards must be signed by the team captain.
3) Concessions not allowed (must hole out).
4) The decision of the Whiteley Golf Society Committee is final in all Matters.

A Guide To Stableford Scoring

Dr Frank Barney Gorton Stableford is the man who invented and gave his name to the most popular points scoring system ever to be adopted in the wonderful game of golf. The Stableford system of scoring was invented by him in 1931 and the first competition under Stableford Rules was played in 1932 at Wallasey & Royal Liverpool Golf Clubs.

Dr Stableford was an excellent golfer, and with a handicap of plus 1 in 1907 he won the club championship at Royal Porthcawl. Earlier he had served as a surgeon in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and spent some years in South Africa fighting against the Boers. His medical career eventually brought him to Wallasey and he joined the golf club in 1914. During the 1914-18 War he served as a major with the RAMC. He returned to Wallasey after the war, and records of 1922 show that his handicap had risen to 8.

His unique scoring method was born out of frustration with the bogey system of scoring used at that time, where the player played against the bogey (or par) for the hole. Nowadays we refer to this as ‘strokeplay’, where all shots on the round are counted to give your total over or under par. The strong winds at Wallasey made nonsense of this system when players were unable to reach the long par-4s in regulation.

Stableford had experimented with a scoring system when a member of Glamorganshire in 1898, but the system proved unsatisfactory and was not repeated. “I was practising on the 2nd fairway at Wallasey Golf Club one day in the latter part of 1931”, he said, “when the thought ran through my mind that many players in competitions got very little fun since they tore up their cards after playing only a few holes and I wondered if anything could be done about it” The result was the Stableford scoring system, and club golfers have been indebted to the good doctor ever since, allowing, as it does, a golfer to have a bad hole and not have it spoil their round.

Wallasey held the first Stableford competition on 16th May 1932, and it was an instant success. As an everlasting tribute to Dr Stableford, Wallasey introduced “The Frank Stableford Open Amateur Memorial Trophy” in 1969. Of course, the event is played as a stableford, and it has become a major event in the amateur golfing calendar ever since. Stableford’s portrait by J.A.A. Berrie hangs in the clubhouse, a reminder to the members of the debt owed to the club golfer’s greatest benefactor. Of Dr Stableford, Henry Longhurst said “I doubt whether any single man did more to increase the pleasure of the more humble club golfer”.
The Stableford System

Under the Stableford system, scoring is based upon achieving 2 points for a par with a perfect ‘par’ round achieving 36 points (2 points on each of 18 holes), with adjustments made for being either over, or under, par accordingly. However, this relates to the actual par of the course and does not reflect each players handicap; accordingly, the players handicap allowance is allocated to holes depending upon their difficulty, allowing golfers of differing handicaps to compete against each other in competition. To facilitate this, each hole on the course has a difficulty rating known as the ‘stroke index’. The stroke index’s are numbered from 1 to 18 and are shown on the course score card with 1 being the most difficult hole and 18 the easiest. The Stableford system allows you to utilise your allocated handicap relative to the difficulty of the hole, establishing what your par for the hole is and allowing you to score accordingly;
· If your score is two or more over your par you get 0 points
· If your score is one over your par you get 1 point
· If your score is your par you get 2 points
· If your score is one under your par you get 3 points
· If your score is 2 under your par you get 4 points
· If your score is 3 under your par you get 5 point And so on….

1. If you have a handicap of 12 you would get one shot extra on those holes which carry a stroke index numbered 1 – 12.
On all other holes i.e. 13 – 18, you will receive no additional shots. Therefore if hole 11 is a par 4 with stroke index 5, you would receive an extra shot and, to get your par and two points, you would need to hole out in 5 shots. If you holed out in 6 shots, you would score 1 point, for four shots 3 points and so on.

2. If you have a handicap of 24 you would get 1 extra shot on every hole (1 – 18) with a further shot on those holes with a stroke index of 1 – 6 (18 + 6 = 24).
Therefore, using the same analogy of hole 11 as a par 4 with stroke index 5, you would receive two extra shots and, to get your par and two points, you would need to hole out in 6 shots. If you holed out in 7 shots, you would score 1 point, for five shots 3 points and so on.

Therefore, under the Stableford system the players score for each hole is dependent on the player’s handicap allowance and the stroke index for the hole. Whereas strokeplay requires you to complete every hole and record every shot, Stableford is a score by hole, so that if you take more than 2 over par nett at the first, you can pick your ball up and go to the second hole, start again and still be in with a chance of putting a good score together. At the end of the 18 holes, the number of points gained at each of the holes is added together to give a total points score. So no more excuses from any of you!