Type Points
Alias Ringers Tournament
Format Tournament
Number of players 2,3,4+
Team or Individual play Both
  • An eclectic tournament is a two-day tournament in which each player plays the designated number of rounds and tries to get the best score on each of the 18 holes.
  • The players play the same holes both days, trying to improve their score. The lowest score on each hole is counted as the eclectic or “ringer” score.
  • For example, suppose the tournament consists of three rounds and Player A scores a 5 on Hole 1 in the first round, a 7 on Hole 1 in the second round, and a 4 on the same hole in the third round. The lowest score on Hole 1 in all three rounds is 4, and so 4 counts as Player A’s eclectic or ringer score.
  • Although the terms eclectics and ringers are used interchangeably, they mean different things when handicaps are involved. Then, ‘ringers’ refers to gross scores while ‘eclectics’ refers to net scores.
  • Strokes are subtracted from a player’s score for each hole, depending on their handicap. For example, a player with a handicap of 8 would subtract one stroke from their score on the eight most difficult holes in the round, and their gross score would be used for the other 10 holes.