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Principles of Net Double Bogey


Par of the hole plus 2 strokes plus any handicap stroke(s) that the player receives on that hole

Limits of Use

  • No limit to the number of holes in a round where a net double bogey adjustment may be applied.

  • Where a Course Handicap is calculated at more than 54 and a player receives 4 or more strokes on a hole, the maximum hole score is par + 5 strokes for handicap purposes.

When Net Double Bogey is Applied

  • When a player's actual score is greater than net double bogey or

  • When a player starts a hole but does not hole out, the player records net double bogey or most likely score, whichever is lower

Examples that might result in a player starting a hole but not holing out

  • The result of the hole has already been decided,

  • A hole has been conceded in match play,

  • A player's partner has already posted a better score in a Four-Ball format and the player picks up, or

  • A player has already reached their net double bogey limit on a specific hole.

Course Handicap

The player's full, unrestricted Course Handicap should be used for all applications of Net Double Bogey.

When Obtaining an Initial Handicap Index

The maximum score for each hole is limited to par + 5 strokes.

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