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Games to play on the Golf Course

Updated on October 21, 2014

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Fun Golf Games to play on the Golf Course

Sometimes golf gets a little repetitive and boring, to make your next round of golf a little more interesting, try one of these fun golf games to help even the most amateur golfer stay interested in the next 18 holes.

There are many types of games to play on the golf course : 2-player golf games, 3-player golf games, 4-players golf games, partner golf games, and games where everyone competes against everyone. If you can't make it through tour qualifying school, have some fun with your friends the next time you tee it up.

If you have a game that you play on the golf course that you would like to add to this list, please describe it in the guestbook at the bottom of the page. My golf buddies and I love to try out new games.

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Lone Wolf

4 player golf game

This is a great golf game to play with equal or unequal talents. This is not a good game to play if one golfer is significantly better than others. The premise of the game is that someone is the wolf and gets to pick their partner. As each golfer tees off, the wolf decides whether to pick that golfer as their partner, or wait for the next golfer to tee off.

When the first golfer tees off, the wolf decides if that will be their partner.

When the second golfer tees off, the wolf can no longer pick the first golfer and decides if the second golfer is their partner.

When the third golfer tees off, the wolf can no longer pick the first nor second golfer as their partner. The wolf makes a decision at this point whether to pick the third person as their partner or to go it alone as the lone wolf.

The wolf tees off last.

If the wolf picks a partner, the wolf and the partner must beat, no ties, the other two players to win the hole otherwise the other pair win the hole.

If the wolf decides to be the lone wolf, the wolf's score must beat, no ties, all the other players to win the hole, otherwise the other three win the hole.

Keep track of the winner(s) on each hole and add up at the points at the end. The player with the most points is the Lone Wolf winner.

Chi Chi's Golf Games you Gotta Play - by Chi Chi Rodriquez

Strings

A great golf game for groups with a dominent player

Every player has a length of string equal to their current handicap eg 28 feet = 28 handicap and so on. Each player can use the string to get themselves out of trouble eg out of a trap, a bad lie, back in bounds, from behind a tree etc. However, every time the string is used the player has to cut off, or tie a knot the distance the ball is moved. For example, the golfer moves a ball from a sand trap and uses 5 feet of string. He cuts off 5 feet and if the golfer's handicap was 15, the golfer now only has 10 feet of string left. String can't be used on the green or the tee! Rewards for the end of the ran can be players with no string used or most times used, or devise other devious methods of punishment!

High Roller Vegas Golf Game
High Roller Vegas Golf Game

This set also has additional add ons like the Beer Cart chip and the Pink Lady chip.

 

Badges

Here's a fun game to play on the course by all skill levels

We call the golf game badges as each "bad" thing that happens on a golf course is assigned a badge. Each badge is assigned a point value and at the end the person with the least amount of points wins.

For example, let's say there are four badges and each badge is worth 1 point. If at the end of the round, a single golfer has all four badges, he has all four points and loses, and the other three players in the foursome wins. If every golfer ends up with one badge each, no one wins as everyone is tied with one point.

If Golfer 1 has two badges, Golfer 2 has one badge, Golfer 3 has one badge, and Golfer 4 has no badges. Golfer 1 has two points, Golfer 2 and Golfer 3 has 1 point each, and Golfer 4 has no points. Golfer 4 wins.

To make it more interesting you can assign different point amounts to each badge.

How do you get a badge? You get a badge by being the last golfer to perform a "bad" shot on the golf course. Here are some of our favorite badges...

The Snake Badge - Given to the last golfer to 3-putt a hole.

The Squirrel Badge - Given to the last golfer to hit a tree

The Fish Badge - Given to the last golfer to hit a ball in the water

The OB Badge - Given to the last golfer to hit a ball out of bounds

The Crab Badge - Given to the last golfer to hit a ball in a sandtrap

The Angel Badge - Given to the last golfer to swear

This game turns around in the blink of an eye. I played this game and had the Fish, OB, Crab, and Snake badges going into the 18th hole. When the hole was finished, I had none.

Ka-Ching On-Course Golf Coin Game
Ka-Ching On-Course Golf Coin Game

Some reviews I've read on this set don't like the fact that the tree and water are the same chip. I think they should be separate.

 

Ka-Ching / Las Vegas Style Golf Chips for Badges Golf Game

I saw this on Amazon the other day and thought it was fantastic. Instead of trying to keep track of the badges, these chips let you hold them in your pocket and trade them during the round. Love it when someone invents something that is useful and different.

The skins game

The skins game is played with three or four golfers.

The PGA puts on a skins event every year after the season, usually aired over the Thankgiving weekend. The skins game is played exactly like this.

Each hold is assigned a point value. Usually the first six holes are assigned a low value, the middle six holes are assigned a middle value, and the last six holes are assigned a higher value.

The premise is that if you beat all members of your foursome you win a skin. The game starts on the first hole. If someone in the foursome beats all others in the foursome the golfer wins the value of the skin for that hole. If at least two players tie, the skin carrys over to the second hole and all members of the foursome have a chance to win the 2nd hole value in addition to the 1st hole value on the 2nd hole.

Keep track of the value of each skin a golfer wins. The golfer with the highest number of points wins.

Scramble

4-player game or multi-foursome game

Scramble is usually played during a golf outing where everyone in the foursome is on the same team and you are playing against the other foursomes in the golf outing. This can also be a 4-player game, where two players are teamed up, either way the rules are the same.

You start off on the tee, and each player hits his/hers tee shot. The team decides what shot was the best, and everyone plays their next shot from this point on the golf course. This goes on until the ball is in the hole. You essentially get four shots from the same place.

In a golf outing, low round is declared the winner.

For two-man game in a foursome, you can play low round and low hole similar to the doubles scoring.

Variations on scramble include, minimums for using each players ball on the tee or putting. For example, you have to use each player's ball off the tee a minimum of 3 times.

Doubles

4-player golf games

Doubles can be played many ways, here are a few ways I've played

Scoring with doubles...most points wins after 18.

1. Aggregate score of doubles partners, with low score winning the hole.

2. Low individual score wins the hole for the partners.

3. Use both methods for 2 points per hole.

Variation on scoring: If a birdie wins the hole doubles the number of points. If an eagle wins the hold quadruples the number of points.

How to pick partners

1. 6-pack method - Every six holes switch partners, everyone in the foursome plays with everyone else in the foursome.

2. Vegas - Partners change every hole based on the position of the balls. The two golf balls on the left are partners against the two golf balls on the right.

3. Same partner throughout the round. Partners are picked based on golf ability.

The Three Club Game

You can even play this one by yourself

This one is pretty simple. At the beginning of the round, pick three golf clubs from your bag which become the only clubs you can use the entire round. Strategy here is to pick a low iron, a mid iron, and maybe your putter. Or pick your three wood and use it as your putter. The game helps you think about managing your way around the golf course and being creative with your golf shots.

Stink Hole

Another Golf Game from one of our readers

Play your normal round of golf, but when you get on the green you can either putt for the flag. OR you can putt over where the hole USED to be. It's fun for people that cannot chip that well. If you miss the flag and have a 20 foot putt to the flag, look around for a former hole and putt over that. You can slavage a couple bad shots with a Stinky par or a stinky birdie.

In the matter of honors on the next tee box a normal par or bogey takes precedent over a stinker.

Golf Cart Polo

Ok, here's one that I don't think you can play in the middle of the round, and I'm pretty sure if the golf marshall sees you do this, you'll be kicked off of the course.

Submitted by one of my readers:

"There is a driver of the golf cart, and a rider. All the carts line up in a row in front of the tee box. Someone counts down from 3 to start. The rider stands up, holds on to the cart, drops their golf ball on to the side, and hits it with a golf club of their choosing. Usually a chipper of some sort. Everyone tries not to run in to one another with their golf carts. If you come across someone else's golf ball you can hit it back. When you finally get on the green the driver jumps off (rider must sit on cart) and he/she runs up to try to hit their ball in. If they find an opponents ball they can throw it, kick it, hit it with their putter. Whatever! The first one to get their ball in wins. Obviously, you wouldn't want to be drinking EXCESSIVELY to play this golf game, as it's easy to run into someone else's cart. We usually do just one hole as a grand finale to our round. It's a lot of fun."

Golf Rules Book

Don't forget to have a copy of the golf rules book. You never know when that extra stroke may win your Nasau or Lone Wolf. You'll always want the quick reference guide by your side.

What's your favorite golf game you play? - tell us about your favorite game to play on the golf course

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      justin-baker-9406417 2 years ago

      Bingo Bango Bongo is a great one too! It doesn't really matter if the talent level in your foursome is different as there are three ways to get a point on each hole. The first one on the green gets Bingo, after everyone is on the green whoever is closest to the pin gets Bango and whoever scores the best score gets Bongo. One point for each gives everyone a chance to get points. Sometimes being just off the green on your approach gives you a better chance at scoring Bango but maybe less of a chance of getting Bingo or Bongo.

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      williamslaw 2 years ago

      Great lens. I do play sometimes and the Golf Cart Polo sounds like fun.

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      Glenda Motsavage 2 years ago from The Sunshine State

      I don't play, but I do drive the cart for my husband... Hmmmm, Golf Cart Polo??? I'll remember that next time I have a rebellious streak! Great lens!

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      clubpro 2 years ago

      A great game if you have more than one group is 4,3,2,1. You "must" have an even number of players as in 8, 12, 16, etc. On each 9 you have to count the net scores of your team as follows: on 1 hole you count all 4 scores, on 3 holes you count 3 scores, on 3 holes you count 2 scores and on 2 holes you count 1 score. What makes it interesting is that you have to decide when you finish each hole what you are using. Hint - don't leave your 4 counter to the last hole, it can be disaster.

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      astevn816 lm 2 years ago

      sad to say I have every badge

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      ideadesigns 2 years ago

      This is great for changing up the game a bit. Fun!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Always good to have fun on the golf cource, all great ideas thanks :)

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      blueit 3 years ago

      eally helpful suggestions, thanks

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      Loving the ideas - I get really bored sometimes, so this'll help alleviate that boredom.Thanks!

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Great ideas for adding creativity on the golf course.

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      Guy1982 3 years ago

      Great lens! THanks for sharing

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      stuartym91 3 years ago

      This is brilliant

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      golftiptrip 3 years ago

      Awesome! I need to try these out soon!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I like the stink hole game considering that I am not a very good putter. I don't know how many times I have chipped the ball on the green and wished the pin placement was at a different spot. I would save a lot of strokes this way. Online Golf Instruction

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      great ideas! I'm an avid golfer & will definitely get my golf team to try out some of these fun ones for practice :)

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      dancingdiva02 3 years ago

      great ideas! I'm an avid golfer & will definitely get my golf team to try out some of these fun ones for practice :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Sixes

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      Some good ideas here. Thanks for sharing.

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      I don't play golf but my son does and will love your lens.Thanks

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Some cool ideas here. But a point about your "best ball" game. You are actually describing a scramble. The term "best ball" is used to describe a game where the player who has the best score for a given hole counts for the team. Each player plays their own ball throughout.

      The nice thing about best ball is that you can keep track of your individual score while still having the team score.

      A variation is the Texas Scramble in which all 4 players in a foursome tee off. They pick the best tee shot of the 4 but play individually for the rest of the hole. This can be helpful if you have some players who hit into the woods, water, OB. There is less time spent looking for lost balls.

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