Quota is a great game for players with varying handicaps. It can be played with any number of players and is especially good for multiple groups or tournaments.
Before play starts, each player subtracts their handicap from the number 36, and that number becomes that player’s quota for the match.
Once play begins a point system is used without adjusting for handicaps. The goal is beat a your quota by earning points. The golfer who exceeds or nears that goal by the most is the winner.
You start with your -0- points and try to score points as follows:
• 0 points for a bogey or worse
• 2 points for a par,
• 3 points for birdie
• 4 points for an eagle
Remember these are for Gross scores and points are added to try and reach or exceed your quota.
For example: Let’s say your course handicap is 10. 10 minus 36 is 26 which is your quota. You tee off No. 1 with -0- points and your goal is to exceed 26. If you par the first hole, you earn 2 points, and now you’re at 2. And so on.
You can set this game up with any point system you like. If the players trend towards handicaps more than 12 consider giving 1 point for bogey, 2 for par and so on.
The game can be played for total score for 18 holes, or a Nassau format with three bets – each 9 holes and the total for 18 holes.
Again, the winner is the golfer who exceeds their quota by the most.
Playing Quota as a Team
Once you understand the point system it’s easy to convert this to a game between twosomes or foursomes. Each player plays their own ball and accumulates their own quota points and then the team score is established by adding each teammates +/- quota points together.
Quota Option 2
But wait, there’s more! In another version of Quota, the goal is beat a target of 36 points, and the golfer who exceeds that goal by the most is the winner.
In this format every golfer begins with a certain amount of points. Use your course handicap as your starting points. Then earn points to try and exceed 36 points total.
For example: Let’s say your course handicap is 12. You will then have 12 points when you start the round. If you earn a gross par the first hole, you earn 2 points, and now you’re at 14. And so on.
Again, we are using gross scores and you can set up the point system that best meets your groups needs.