What Is A Countback In Golf? The Ultimate Guide To This Scoring System

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Introducing the Countback in Golf

Golf is a unique game that requires a lot of skill, patience and knowledge of the rules. One rule is known as “the countback”, which can sometimes be confusing for players who are new to golf. In this blog post, we will explain what a countback is in golf and how it works.

What Is The Countback?

The countback is used when two or more players tie for the lowest score after 18 holes have been completed during stroke play competitions. In order to separate the tied competitors, each player’s scores on each hole are compared one at a time until one golfer has scored lower on more individual holes than their opponents. If no winner can be determined with this method then all players remain tied and split any prize money equally between them.

How Does It Work?

In order to resolve ties using the countback system, both competitors’ scores must first be established from their final round of play (usually 18 holes). Then those scores are examined individually against one another on every single hole throughout their round until an overall winner can be ascertained by counting back from where they finished playing together (the 18th hole). This process continues until either a definitive result has been reached or if all ties remain unresolved after going through each hole again separately then prizes must often still be shared amongst those who initially tied for top spot at completion stage of play originally.


The ‘count back’ system in golf is an important part of the sport and helps ensure fair results when there are multiple competitors with identical final scores following stroke play competitions over an extended period (typically 18 holes). By comparing each individual score per-hole up until where they last played together before deciding upon who won overall; this way allows us to determine exactly who performed better throughout their entire round regardless as to whether they were actually playing against anyone else or not!