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COMPETITION FORMS OF PLAY

INDIVIDUAL FORMS OF PLAY

The different competition forms of play are defined in the Rules of Golf. A “side” consists of one player, two players or more who are partners. Definition of a Conventional round (or round): the conventional round consists of playing the holes of the course in their exact numerical order, unless the committee authorises otherwise. The number of holes in a conventional round is 18, unless an inferior number is authorised by the committee.r

  • MATCH PLAY

    (Règle de Golf n° 2)

    Le jeu se joue par trou. Un trou est gagné par le camp qui entre sa balle dans le trou dans le plus petit nombre de coups. Dans une compétition en net, le score net le plus bas gagne le trou. La partie est gagnée par le camp qui mène par un nombre de trous supérieur au nombre de trous restant à jouer.

  • STROKE PLAY

    (Règle de Golf n° 3)

    La compétition est gagnée par le camp qui joue le ou les tours conventionnels dans le plus petit nombre de coups. Dans une compétition en net, le gagnant est le camp dont le score brut diminué de son handicap de jeu est le plus faible.

  • COMPETITION CONTRE PAR ET STABLEFORD

    (Règle de Golf n° 32)

    Les compétitions Contre Par et Stableford sont une forme de Stroke Play dans laquelle l'épreuve se joue contre un score fixé pour chaque trou, ce score étant le Par du trou. COMPETITION CONTRE PAR La manière de compter est celle employée en match play :

    • un trou est gagné si le camp fait un score inférieur au Par
    • un trou est partagé si le camp fait un score égal au Par
    • un trou est perdu si le camp fait un score supérieur au Par

    En compétition avec des coups reçus, c'est le score net qui est comparé au Par.

  • STABLEFORD

    La manière de compter consiste à attribuer des points en comparant le score réalisé à chaque trou avec un score fixé qui est le Par du trou :

    Score pour le trou Points
    Plus d'un coup au-dessus du score fixé 0 point
    Un coup de plus que le score fixé 1 point
    Egal au score fixé 2 points
    Un coup de moins que le score fixé 3 points
    Deux coups de moins que le score fixé 4 points
    Trois coups de moins que le score fixé 5 points
    Quatre coups de moins que le score fixé 6 points

    Le gagnant est le camp qui totalise le plus grand nombre de points. En compétition avec des coups reçus, le score réalisé à chaque trou est diminué du ou des coups reçus sur ce trou avant d'être comparé au score fixé.

These different forms of play are played by “sides” whose composition is explained below :

It is important to note that in the rules of golf the term “side” can mean just one player or two or more players playing together.

These different types of sides can of course play the different forms of competition, for example :

  • • Stroke play can be played as singles, foursomes, four ball etc...
  • • Match play can be played as singles, foursomes, four ball etc...

SINGLES
The “side” consists of just one player

DOUBLES
The “side” consists of 2 players according to the following denomination:

If each side consists obligatorily of 2 female players the competition is called “Ladies”
If each side consists obligatorily of 2 male players the competition is called “Mens”
If each side consists obligatorily of one male and one female player the competition is called “Mixed”
If each team can be feely composed (2 men, 2 ladies, or a man and a lady) the competition is called “Mixed –up”

THE OFFICIAL FORMS OF PLAY

SINGLES

The team is composed of just one player.

FOURSOME (Rule 29)

The 2 players on the side play just one ball, alternating drives and alternating during the play of each hole.

THREESOME (Rule 29)

Identical to Foursomes except that one of the two teams is composed of just one player.

THREE BALL match play (Rule 30)

A match play competition in which each of the 3 players represents a side, each playing his own ball. Each player plays 2 separate matches.

FOUR BALL match play (Rule 30)

The 2 players on each side all play a ball and count the best score on each hole.

BETTER BALL match play (Rule 30)

Identical to “4 ball” except that one of the sides consists of just one player, the other can consist of 2 or 3 players.

FOUR BALL STROKE PLAY (Rule 31)

The 2 players on each team both play a ball and the best score of each team on each hole counts.

NON OFFICIAL FORMS OF PLAY

Note : Reminder (cf. Rules of golf no’ 34-3) that if a non official form of golf is played the ffgolf rule committee will not give a ruling on any question.

GREENSOME

The 2 players of the side both drive then choose which ball they prefer and finish the hole alternating shots with the chosen ball.

CHAPMAN

The 2 players of the side both drive then exchange for their second shots then choose which ball they prefer and finish the hole alternating shots with the chosen ball.

PATSOME

The first 6 holes are played in Four Ball, the next 6in Greensome and the last 6 in Foursome.

FLAG COMPETITION

Each player possesses a personalised flag which he plants where his ball is placed after using up all his shots. The total number of shots is calculated for each player by adding his handicap to the SSS (e.g. for a player with handicap of 24, SSS: 71 = > the player has a credit of 95 shots). The player whose flag is planted the furthest is the winner.

STRING COMPETITION

Each player is given a piece of string, the length of which is determined by his handicap (as a general rule 50cm per handicap point but the length is at the discretion of the committee). This permits the player to extend the distance his ball goes right up to the hole or to get out of a tricky situation that is difficult to play. The player cuts off a length of his string and carries on with the remaining string.

ECLECTIC

Form of play which consists of playing several rounds and noting just the best score for each of the 18 holes. Competition with a minimum of 2 rounds and a maximum of 4 rounds played consecutively (over several weeks or months, see Ringer score).

RINGER SCORE

This is a form of play very similar to eclectic but based either on a large number of cards or a number of cards played within a certain period. It is often played during the winter over 9 or 10 cards to encourage players to play during this season. With each round the player records his best score obtained on each hole. The best possible score card is formed progressively during the competition.

SCRAMBLE

Form of play with one side composed of 2 or more players. All the players drive then choose one of the balls for their second shot and then all the players (except the one whose ball was chosen, according to the recommendations of the Rules Committee) play their shot from there and so on until the end of the hole (see following details).

PRO-AM/AM-AM

Form of play with a side of 2, 3 or 4 players. For a Pro-am the captain is always a Pro. The team score is calculated by the addition of the 2, 3 or 4 balls played. This is the event organisers choice but traditionally a Pro-Am is played in teams of 4 and the 2 best scores are added together. The AM-AM form of play is played in an identical way but the team captain is not necessarily a pro. Each player scores in this form of play. (Source FFGOLF site).