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    Dale McMath

    I understand the fixed number. Makes it easier for everyone to know when to stop. I think a 9 is too penalizing on a par 3 and not penalizing enough on a par 5. I tend to think double par max would be a much better solution.

    Corey Gates

    Par is irrelevant, a 9 is a 9. Total number of strokes is all that matters


    Here is my 2.5 Cents due to inflation. 🙂


    Current Method = Max 9: Example a Par 3
    Low Handicap 18 or less = +6 or maybe +5 if given 1 stroke
    High Handicap 19 or more = +5 or maybe +3 if given 2 strokes.

    New Idea = Double Par: Example a Par3
    Low handicap 18 or less= +3 or maybe +2 if given 1 stroke
    High Handicap 19 or more = +2 or maybe +1 if given 2 strokes.

    So we need to ask what would change if the Max was moved from 9 to Double par.

    1. Flights would be the same, all flight would compete against them selves. So no change…

    2. One could say that moving to double par would decrease the length of the rounds, and yes less strokes taken per person would result in speeding up the rounds. So a Good Change…

    3. Some would say that Double par would give an advantage to the Higher handicapper, which I would say that they are not in your flight…

    So in the end from what I see it would only effect the final day/Championship round where all flights compete against each other? Maybe? but if that is the case then the Max 9 rule could then be used for this one day.

    Am I missing or leaving out any factors?

    Currently, from what I see Double Par is a Win Win.. For potentially speeding up rounds.


    Glenn Foster

    Hi William. I like it as well. The “hard 9” isn’t the fairest way to do it, or speed up play. I think there might be a change in this eventually, but not for a while. Great comment Sir!

    Tony Robison

    think it should be triple net bogey, although I’ve played in a lot of tourney’s where it is double net bogey

    Jesse Schmidt

    Double par is for Thursday Night Men’s League. This is a big tournament and should be played as such. A max 9 or even 10 is needed but double par gives someone a triple bogey on an island par 3 that they couldn’t hit if they had all day. I’ve taken a 9 on a par 3 and I’m a better person for it. Giving me a 6 instead of 9 or 10 would have penalized the people who got a legitimate 6 on that hole and that can matter at the end of the week.

    Alex Grebel

    My issue with both a 9 and a double par max score is that this is primarily a net tournament, not gross. Sure in many cases the players in a given flight are all getting the same number of strokes on a given hole. But that’s not always the case. There are holes were some players are getting a stroke more than their competitors. If they are getting 2 strokes (for instance) and someone else in their flight is getting 1 stroke, the player getting 2 strokes will actually have a lower net score on the hole if they max out under either of those rules.

    Most of my groups have gone to max net double bogey or max net triple bogey. I think max net triple for this tournament would seem reasonable. A player getting 2 strokes on a par 5 would max out at 10 (net 8).

    Just my two cents. In the end it likely doesn’t alter the winning scores at all so that’s why the powers to be settled on an easier to remember gross score.

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