So, what's new?
2019 will see the introduction of another form of stroke play called maximum score. This will be an option available to Committees in addition to:
the basic form of stroke play where a player must hole out at every hole, or else is disqualified, and
the Stableford form of play where a point scoring system is used.
Read more on the new Rules - click here
Reasons for change
The need to hole out on every hole in stroke play can have at least two downsides:
it often leads to a slow pace of play
it may discourage golfers who feel they no longer have a realistic chance to compete or to make a good score for the round once they get a very high score on one or two holes.
Maximum score will be an alternative form of play that addresses both concerns, by capping the player’s score and allowing them to pick up at this point.