The initial "drive" is taken from a designated tee area. Each subsequent throw is taken from just behind the spot where the disc came to rest. Each throw is added to the player's score. As with ball golf, each hole is given a par rating. A common strategy for a par-three hole, as in golf, would be drive (long throw toward the basket), approach or "chip" (mid-range throw to the "green"), putt (short throw into the basket). The hole is scored when the disc has come to rest in the target basket or when it hits the designated part of an object (for example, post or tree) if there are no baskets and it is an object course.

Most holes are par threes, which is partly because most pro players should score a three on the hole and partly because it is easier to remember one's score. A player only needs to remember how much they are up or down from par to figure out their score easily. Very long holes (typically 800' or longer) may be considered par fours or fives depending on the difficulty of the hole. Stroke play is the most common scoring method but there are many others, including match play, skins, doubles, and speed golf.