Reading a golf scorecard requires understanding each piece of information, such as the handicap, the adjusted handicap, the front nine, the back nine and the net score. Navigate around a golf scorecard with tips from a professional golf instructor in this free video on playing golf.
Hello, my name is Conan Elliott and I'm director of instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today, we are going to talk about how to read a golf scorecard. To read a golf scorecard, there is a lot of information on the card. This scorecard here, you will see up here it shows the hole, which number is each hole. The out means the front nine, then 10 through 18 in means the back 9. The total is, would be your total score for the two 18s, 2 nines. Then any handicap that you have, subtracted from your total would be the net. Then, an adjusted handicap means according to what the slope and the rating is on the course. The slope and the rating as noticed is right here. It goes down through for each color of tee boxes. In this particular course, the rating from the gold tee is 72.4. That's compared to the par on the course which is 72. From the blues it's 70.7, from the white 68.7, and from the reds for the ladies it's 69.3. Now that slat rating will give you a way of indexing your handicap when you look at your handicap card to tell you what the adjusted handicap for this particular course would be. As we go across, you will see that the yardage is marked in the colors of the tee boxes. So, gold tees are all the yardage for each hole is marked in gold, for the blue tees in blue, for the white tees in white, for the red tees in red. Then as you come on down you will see at the bottom at the middle the black it will show the par for each hole. And then at the bottom, it will show the mens' and the ladies' handicap. The handicap means that the, each hole is rated according to the difficulty of this course. So, the number one rated hole, the one that says handicap one, it happens to be hole number 6 which is a par 4, which is the hardest hole of the course. Number 2 would, the second hardest hole would be number 12, number 3 would be number 4. The fourth hardest hole would be number 16 and so on all the way through the course. So, if you had a five handicap and you were getting 5 strokes, you would get your strokes on the holes that had handicaps 1,2,3,4 and 5. So, there is a lot of information on the card, learning how to read it is essential. This is Conan Elliott, and that is how to read a golf scorecard.