Appendix Z: The Scorecard Explained
You should make sure that the following are shown for yourself and other team members, before exchanging the card with your marker:
 Date,  Competition,  Name,  Handicap Index,  Course handicap &  Playing Handicap.
After completing your round you should add up and enter the scores for ‘OUT’ (holes 1 to 9), ‘IN’ (holes 10 to 18) and TOTAL, and agree them with your fellow competitor. Then sign in Marker’s signature before exchanging cards and signing your own card in Player’s signature.
- Only the gross score needs to be entered in columns A to D. The net score is not required, although some players like to include the net score too (and it is not wrong to do so, as long as the gross score is also recorded).
- There is no defined method of indicating the holes on which players receive handicap strokes. Drawing a circle around the Stroke Index figure or adding a dot in the score columns are popular methods, as shown on the following examples.
- Contrary to popular belief, if your make a mistake on the scorecard, you are not required to initial alterations.
- It is important to make sure that your name, the date, the name of the competition, your correct Course Handicap, both signatures and gross scores at each completed are all on the card. Failure to do this can lead to you being disqualified from the competition, although your score will still count for handicap purposes.