What is a scratch golfer?

A scratch golfer is a golfer with a handicap of zero or, in other words, a golfer who (on average) will play to a course's par.

More about being a scratch golfer.

However, if a course is especially easy a scratch golfer may need to shoot under par to 'play to scratch'. Similarly, an especially difficult course may allow for an over par round to still play to their handicap.

Many of the best amateurs around the world and also most professionals have a handicap less than scratch. A player with a 'plus 2' handicap, for example, needs to average 2 under par to maintain his handicap.