Bisque Par

Type Stroke
Alias Par Bisque
Format Game
Number of players 2, 3, 4
Team or Individual play Individual
  • Bisque Par is a spinoff of the Match Play vs. Par golf format. In the latter, the players play each hole using their full handicap. Scoring a net par gets you 0 on the scorecard, scoring better than net par gets a plus (+), while scoring a net bogey or worse results in a minus (-) on the scorecard. At the end of the round, players add up their scores, and the player with the most plusses, as opposed to minuses, wins the game.
  • Players usually allocate their handicap strokes according to the strokes on the scorecard. In Bisque Par, however, players get to choose which hole they want to use their handicap strokes on.
  • In this game, players don’t have to use their handicap stroke until they tee off, and so they can even use their handicap stroke on a hole after it is completed.
  • How do players use their strokes? Each player is assigned a certain number of strokes based on their handicap. They can then use as many of these strokes as they want on a hole. For example, if a player scores a 7 on a par-4 hole, then they can use three strokes and bring it down to par.
  • Once a player has used up all of their assigned strokes, they cannot use any more for the rest of the round
  • At the end of the round, players add up their pluses and minuses, and the player with the best match play vs. par score, i.e., the player with the most pluses compared to the minuses, wins. For example, the score of a player who scored ten pluses, three minuses, and five zeroes would be +7.