So here are the options as we see them—you can go crazy trying to count strokes, keep track of rules, and write everything down correctly on the little card with the mysterious numbers on it. In our observation, this can lead to frustration, cursing, and giving up on the game altogether.
OR you can have fun, try to hit the ball toward the hole, and when you get there turn in the approximate number of strokes it took you to complete this task. With this method, no clubs, greens, or small animals get hurt. And—not an insignificant point—those of us who choose this second option are still playing.
We understand that we won’t make an LPGA handicap with the second method, but we do have a good time on the golf course.
Certainly that must count for something.