How to Keep Track of the Number of Holes You’ve Played

Let’s face it – a round of golf can be a long day sometimes. If you are playing 18 holes, you are going to be on the course for 4 or 5 hours, and there are plenty of distractions to go around. Over that period of time, it is easy to lose track of the round, and not be sure of what hole you are on. In order to play your best and record a good score, you need to be able to keep track of your round as it progresses so you can make strategic decisions based on the situation of the round and the hole you are playing.

In reality, it isn’t that hard to keep track of what hole you are on – as long as you have a good plan, and stick to it. The following three steps will help you organized and make sure you know what hole you are playing all day long.

  1. Get a Scorecard. Assuming you usually keep score during your round, you should be picking up one anyway. As an added bonus to keeping your score, you will also be able to keep track of which hole you are playing. Since the scorecard will have important information such as the par and length of each hole, it is a good reference to have handy while you play.
  2. Write Your Score Down Each Hole. This is really the key to keeping track of where you are on the course and knowing which hole you are on. As long as you quickly write down your score after you complete each hole, it will always remain current as the day goes by. You will know how your score is looking, and will know what you are facing on the coming hole just with a quick glance.
  3. Use the Sign Near the Tee.Most, but not all, golf courses have a sign near the tee that provides similar information to what is found on the scorecard – specifically, the par of the hole and the length from each of the tee box options. If you get off track using your scorecard at some point, you can always reference the sign near the tee box in order to get re-oriented. As you gain more and more experience on the golf course, you will start to find it easy to keep track of what hole you are playing without any assistance.