Joker Stableford

Type Points
Alias Casino Stableford, Favorite Hole
Format Tournament
Number of players 2, 3, 4+
Team or Individual play Individual
  • Joker Stableford is played using Modified Stableford scoring, in which points are awarded depending on the score on each hole. Points can be modified by the players involved, but the most common scoring system used in Joker Stableford is 1 point awarded for a bogey, 2 points for a par, 4 points for a birdie, and 6 points for an eagle.
  • This game is called Joker Stableford because before starting the round, players can select one or more holes and declare them their “joker” hole(s). A player’s points are doubled on their joker holes.
  • The number of jokers allowed during the round is determined by the organizers before the round begins.
  • For example, if two jokers are allowed in a game and Player A makes a par (worth 2 points) and a birdie (worth 4 points) on their joker holes, their points for those holes would become 4 and 8, respectively.


                  • Once the number of jokers allowed during the round has been decided, members announce their joker holes before the round commences. Many players pick the same holes as their joker holes. However, if the players do not want any overlapping joker holes, then they can hold a draft.
                  • If all players in a group are of the same talent level or if the game is being played with handicaps, the draft order can be chosen randomly. For a foursome, each player chooses 4 holes as their joker holes. The draft order is reversed after each round. For a threesome, each player chooses 6 holes, and for a twosome, each player can select 9 different holes as their joker holes.
                  • The number of holes can also be limited so that not all holes are used.

                  This variation is also sometimes called Favorite Hole, even though it is a separate game.