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Games to Play on the Golf Course
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.
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.
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!
Here's a fun game to play on the course by all skill levels
This next game is called, 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 sand trap
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Aggregate score of doubles partners, with low score winning the hole.
- Low individual score wins the hole for the partners.
- 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
- 6-pack method - Every six holes switch partners, everyone in the foursome plays with everyone else in the foursome.
- 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.
- 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.
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."