4 expert tips to be the go-to golf scoreboard calligrapher at your club

A calligraphy board from Paul Pope.

The work of calligrapher Paul Pope.

Courtesy Paul Pope

The art of scoreboard calligraphy evokes golf’s centuries-old roots. While it’s not as commonly seen in the pro ranks these days, it is still out there, a staple at some events and many club championships and tournaments.

We recently profiled some of the most experienced and best golf scoreboard calligraphers in the game, but we’d be doing you, dear reader, a disservice if we didn’t hand off a few of their tips.

When it comes to golf scoreboard calligraphy, all of our pros are on the same page about the ABCs of the work — or, as one expert sums it up, if you’re thinking about fancying up your next corporate outing, the A.R.T. of it all.

Ace calligrapher Mark Passey handled the boards at the 2003 Men’s State Team competition at Charles River CC in Newton Centre, Mass.
Paging Mr. Write: An appreciation of scoreboard calligraphy, which brought flair and old-school class to tournament golf
By: Josh Berhow

1. Accuracy. Hometowns, names and scores must be correct at all times. Numbers and letters should be rendered in a consistent style too.

2. Readability. Sure, as fonts go, Old English is classy, but what good will that do if even Shakespeare can’t read it? Same goes for elaborate color schemes. In other words, no fruit salad.

3. Timeliness. It’s a golf tournament or a money game. Players and your pals want scores ASAP. Don’t make them wait.

4. Finally: Find your style! Slant your letters, add a shadow, mix in a logo. Without making it too busy, make it… memorable.

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Josh Berhow

Golf.com Editor

As GOLF.com’s managing editor, Berhow handles the day-to-day and long-term planning of one of the sport’s most-read news and service websites. He spends most of his days writing, editing, planning and wondering if he’ll ever break 80. Before joining GOLF.com in 2015, he worked at newspapers in Minnesota and Iowa. A graduate of Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., he resides in the Twin Cities with his wife and two kids. You can reach him at joshua_berhow@golf.com.

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