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Golf 101: How to read a scorecard

Abby and Gabby are back to break down what is on a golf scorecard. Let's discuss a few of the basics:

  • Tees: There are multiple tees on each hole. Typically the farthest tee is first on the scorecard and the distances of each tee set get shorter as you go down the scorecard.

  • Yardages: How long each hole is from the tee box to the center of the green.

  • Par: This is the number of strokes expected for you to get the ball in the hole.

  • Handicap: Each hole on a golf course also has a handicap rating, which ranks the holes in order of difficulty. A hole with a handicap of 1 is ranked as the most difficult hole on the course, while a hole with a handicap of 18 is ranked the easiest.

  • Local Rules: According to the USGA Rules of Golf, a Local Rule is a modification of a Rule or an additional Rule that the golf course adopts for general play or a particular competition. For example, a flower bed at a golf course may receive free relief if the golf course deemed that to be true.


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