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The Array Of Games Played At Golf Clubs New Zealand

All golf clubs in New Zealand arrange club competitions throughout the year. To the non golfer the game of golf can often look quite tedious - hitting a small ball that eventually lands in a small hole - marked by a flag you can hardly see. But there are many forms of play that can make the game enjoyable and a lot of fun. During the year golf clubs in New Zealand will have various types of competition, of which many are open to visitors.

Here is a summary of some of the types of golf games -

Matchplay
- is a hole-by-hole contest. The scores are worked out according to how many holes a player wins or loses eg if, after 16 holes, Player A has won three more holes than Player B, he or she cannot lose and would have won the match 3 and 2 (3 holes up and 2 to play). For members of golf clubs in New Zealand this is pretty serious competition.


Stroke play
- gross - the score at each hole is entered on the scorecard and totaled. The player who finishes the round with the fewest strokes is the winner.


- nett - the score at each hole is entered on the scorecard, totaled and the players full handicap deducted. The player with the fewest nett strokes is the winner.


Par golf
- the score at each hole is entered on the scorecard, with the exception that where the score exceeds par for the hole, after allowing for handicap stroke, the score need not be written in. With par golf you are trying to beat the course, and the score card will show (+) for a win, (0) for a half and (-) for a loss.


Stableford
- the player takes strokes at holes as in a par competition using full handicap and scores points on the nett result at each hole. If a player plays to their handicap they should score 2 points on every hole. This is probably the most common form of competition that members of golf clubs in New Zealand enjoy.


Ambrose
- team strokeplay event, usually played by a group of four but can be any number. All play from the tee and the most advantageous ball is chosen. All the team members then play from that point. Play is continued on that basis until the ball is holed.


Foursomes
- two players play as partners and use one ball. The partners play from alternate tees and thereafter strike alternatively during the play of each hole.


All golf clubs in New Zealand will have competitions during the season incorporating the different types of play. And, of course, when you play with friends it is fun to have your own competition - this will make your game more interesting and challenging, and will be discussed at length when you get to relax at the 19th hole !!

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