What is Bogey Golf and how do you play it? Here's what you need to know about this fun golf format

Bogey Golf is a fun scoring system which combines elements of stroke play and match play competition.

First played at Coventry Golf Club back in 1891, bogey competitions involve trying to better the score of a bogey on as many holes as possible.

How to play

The concept of bogey golf is to play match play against the course using stroke play rules.

On each hole, a player tries to beat the score of bogey to win the hole and go up +1 in the match. If a player makes a bogey, they halve the hole and the score does not change. But if a player makes double bogey or worse, they lose the hole and go down -1 in the match.

In bogey competitions, the aim is to therefore better the score of bogey on as many holes as possible. That means unlike in match play, competitions are played right up until the final hole, keeping games fun and exciting for all players.

At the end of the round, the number of holes won is subtracted by the number of holes lost to give a final score and determine the winner.

Playing Bogey Golf with handicaps

Like in Stableford golf, points are adjusted based on a player’s handicap and the stroke index of each hole.

For example, if a player is given a shot on a par-4 hole, a score of 5 or lower would win the hole for them.

The fairness of a Stableford is therefore kept in bogey competitions, whilst the occasional horror hole does not affect the scorecard too much. This also helps speed up play, as balls can simply be picked up once a player realises a hole will be lost.

Unlike is Stableford, however, the high rewards for making an eagle or better is lost in bogey golf, as all scores bettering a bogey count the same. On the flip side, this helps maintain a fairly even playing field, as the odd 4/5 pointer does not risk coming into play.

Subscribe to NCG