Is 36 points in stableford always mean you are playing to Par. My mate was saying how he played a tournament at his club a couple of weeks back and 40 points was playing to par.
He was saying you had to score 40 points to play to HC something to do with CSS?
CSS is exactly what he was talking about. Not sure if you know what that is, but assuming you don't, it's the variable score by which handicaps are measured each time a comp is played. The CSS varies depending on the difficulty, or not, of the conditions on the day as reflected in the scores.
So a CSS of 4 under par means that the course was playing very easy that day, for instance it could be a Par 72 but a very short course, 5800 yards, on a calm day. So transferring 4 under par to stableford gives 40 points.
Imagine 2 golf courses, both par 72, but one is 5800 yards and the other is 7200 yards. Clearly the average scores on the longer course are going to be much higher, so to play to your handicap there would probably require a net score of around 74/75 (34/33 points). As mentioned, to play to your handicap on the shortest course could sometimes mean needing 4 under or 40 points).