Scramble, Best Ball Rules, Handicap Calculations and Net Score


We will be playing a four-person team Scramble format.  Each player tees off and the team determines the best lie.  The other three players move to that lie and all players hit from that position.  Record only one gross score for the team. DOUBLE PAR MAXIMUM score. Please pick up if you reach double par.

Each person’s tee shot must be used at least THREE times.  Please identify on your scorecard which player’s          (1, 2, 3, or 4) shot is being used.  

If your group is a threesome, each player takes turns hitting the fourth ball, starting with the highest handicapper.  For example, on Hole #1, Player A hits two balls, then on Hole #2, Player B hits two balls.

Improving your Lie:  Each team member must play his/her shot from within one club-length of the selected shot (except when on the putting green).  However, the ball may not be placed closer to the hole.  In addition, if the selected shot was in the fairway, each member of the team must place his/her ball in the fairway to play the next shot.  Likewise, if the selected shot was in the rough, bunker, water hazard, fringe, etc., each member of the team must place the ball in, and play from, respectively, the rough, bunker, water hazard, fringe, etc.  Each team member may “place” the ball.  In other words, all balls are played “up” or under “Winter Rules.”  Team members may rake bunkers between shots.

Putting Green:  Once the team’s ball has reached the putting green, the ball should be marked and another spot should be marked approximately 6 inches to the side, no nearer to the hole.  This will allow the team to mark the ball so that all players can putt from the same spot without being disturbed by the ball marker.  Once a ball is holed out, play is completed for that hole.  Therefore, it is recommended that players not putt out until all have attempted to putt from the selected position.  On the green, players may stand behind a teammate to help determine the line. 

No mulligan (No do-over).

Men tee off from the White tees. Ladies, from the Red tees.

Tie Breakers:  All ties will be broken down using the count back 9, 6, 3, 1 method.  Ties will be broken first by looking at the back 9 scores then last 6 holes then last 3, finally the last hole.


The Team Captain is responsible for keeping official scorecards and rules.  Enter your actual score per hole on the scorecard.  Do not use 0’s, +1’s, +2’s, -1’s, and so on. Our team will calculate your Net Score and Final Team Score at the end of the round.    


Men tee off at the Blue or White tee boxes. Women tee of at the Red, Silver, or Forward tee boxes.


Play ready golf.  Do not wait for each other to hit unless there is interference with each other.  We would like to keep rounds under 4.5 hours.


Play ball as it lies.


Par or better you must putt out.


Max Score:  Double Par + 1


No mulligans (No do-over)


Play lost/stolen balls and out-of-bounds as lateral water hazards.  For out-of-bounds and water hazards, drop ball two club-lengths where it entered the out-of-bounds or water hazard and add 1 penalty stroke no closer to the hole.  For lost/stolen balls, drop two club-lengths from area where ball was lost and add 1 penalty stroke no closer to the hole.


For unplayable, drop a ball no closer to the hole two club-lengths and add 1 penalty stroke.


Balls in the bunkers can be moved to a better lie within a 1-foot circle without penalty no closer to the hole.


Cart paths and ground under repair are free drops two club lengths no closer to the hole.



We will use the USGA Ghin handicap for players who have established handicaps. Then use "Net Score" calculations to determine final scores (explained at the bottom of the page).

For players that do not have a USGA Ghin handicap, we will use the Callaway System to approximate handicaps as it adds excitement and is better than competing solely on a gross score basis. 

The Callaway System is a handicap algorithm designed to provide a handicap estimate based on one round of play. The Callaway System is quite popular for company outings and tournaments where most golfers do not have handicaps. It is also relatively straightforward to calculate. We explain the Callaway calculation below. 

The Callaway system is a "worst-holes" calculation, in that it uses up to six of the player's worst holes in a round, adjusted by a 'factor,' to obtain a handicap. That handicap is then subtracted from the player's gross score to obtain a net score. 


We will use the table below to calculate your Callaway handicap. First, we'll look up your gross score and find how many holes you will need to use to calculate your handicap.




   -      -    70   71    72

Scratch Handicap. Use gross Score

 73   74   75     -       -

Handicap = 1/2 worst hole score + adjustment

 76   77   78   79    80

Handicap = Worst hole score + adjustment

 81   82   83   84    85

Handicap = 1 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment

 86   87   88   89    90

Handicap = 2 worst hole scores + adjustment

 91   92   93   94    95

Handicap = 2 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment

 96   97   98   99  100

Handicap = 3 worst hole scores + adjustment

101 102 103 104 105

Handicap = 3 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment

106 107 108 109 110

Handicap = 4 worst hole scores + adjustment

111 112 113 114 115

Handicap = 4 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment

116 117 118 119 120

Handicap = 5 worst hole scores + adjustment

121 122 123 124 125

Handicap = 5 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment

126 127 128 129 130

Handicap = 6 worst hole scores + adjustment

131 132 133 134 135

Handicap = 6 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment

   -2    -1    0   +1   +2

Adjustment factor for handicap

Next, we will look up the # of worst scores (for 2 1/2, the third worst score is divided by two), but with the following rules:

  • Worst scores cannot be used from the 17th and 18th holes (it is too easy to throw the last few holes if a golfer is ahead)

  • For any worst score that is greater than twice the hole par value, only twice the par value will be deducted

  • Once the scores are added up, we will round up any fractions to the next higher number (e.g. a 7 on a par five that counts as half a worst score will be rounded up to a 4) 

​Finally, we will adjust the sum of those scores by the adjustment factor. To find the adjustment factor, we look up your score in the above table. At the bottom of the table, is the adjustment factor. If your sum of worst holes is 18, and your gross score is 89, than your adjustment factor is +1 and your Callaway handicap is 19.


Your net score is simply your gross score minus your Callaway handicap (in the above example, your net score is 89 - 19 = 70).


If a player shoots a 95 in the tournament. We look up in the table and find that the player's Callaway handicap is 2 1/2 worst scores plus an adjustment factor of +2. The four worst scores are an 8 on a par 5, a 7 on a par 5, a 7 on a par 4, and a 7 on a par 3. But, the worst score, the 8, took place on the 17th hole and therefore cannot count towards the player's Callaway handicap. In addition, because the 7 on the par 3 is more than twice the par value, it can only count as a six towards the Callaway handicap. The resulting handicap is 7 + 7 + 6/2 + 2 (Adj Factor) = 19. The player's net score is 95 - 19 = 76.



We will use "Net Score" calculations to determine final scores. See below example scorecard to reference how Net Score and Final Team Score will be calculated as explained here. 


"Net Score" refers to a golfer's score after handicap strokes have been deducted. Put more technically, the net score is a player's gross score (the actual number of strokes played) minus the strokes his or her course handicap allows to be deducted during the course of the round. Net scores are calculated on a per-hole basis to determine the winner of the hole.


How Net Score is Calculated

Net Score for a hole (match play): Let's say your course handicap is 3. That means you get to reduce your gross score by one stroke on each of three holes. To determine which three holes, look at the Handicap row of the scorecard (highlighted in yellow) and find the holes designated 1, 2, and 3 (Hole 3, 7 and 16). Those are the holes where you get to apply strokes, meaning reduce your gross score by 1 to produce a Net Score. If your course handicap is 7, then you get to take one stroke off your score on the holes marked 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the Handicap row.

In match play, the handicap is determined by the difference between the two players' handicaps. For example, if the golfers' handicaps are 10 and 19, the 19-handicapper would get 9 handicap strokes (19 minus 10), and the 10-handicapper would take no strokes.

If the difference is more than 18 strokes—for example, a 5-handicapper playing a 25-handicapper—the higher handicapper would get more than 1 stroke per hole. In the example, the 25-handicapper would get 20 strokes (25 minus 5), with the extra 2 strokes falling on the holes marked as the 1 and 2 handicap holes.

Net score for the round (stroke play): You simply subtract your handicap from your total gross score. If your course handicap is, say, 14, and your gross score is 90, then your net score is 76 (90 minus 14).


Below, we provide an example score for Golfer 1 (with USGA GHIN handicap of 16) and Golfer 2 (with Callaway System calculated handicap of 19). Golfer 1's Net Score becomes 70. Golfer 2's Net Score becomes 76. We calculate the Team Net Score by taking the best Net Score of each Hole. In this example, the Team Net Score is 65.