Now that summer, and your golf game, is in full swing, we thought we would finish off our list of the best golf course games. If you missed Part I you can check it out here. Hopefully, you’ve already been able to try a few of those game out! If you haven’t…what are you waiting for? And if you have, here are a few more to take out to the course with you and friends.
six-six-six (aka sixes)
This is a simple concept. In a foursome, you rotate a playing partner every six holes, so at the end of 18 holes, the other three players in your group will have been your partner for six holes. You can use any scoring format in sixes and each six-hole stretch is a separate bet.
This is a great format if the people in the foursome don’t know each other too well, as it forces everyone to pair up with each other during the round. Also, it gives you a good chance to make up for a bad stretch. You could lose one of your six-hole matches, but if you win the other two, you come out ahead at the end of 18 holes!
Texas Scramble is a competition format that is a basic scramble with a slight twist: at least four drives of each member of the team must be used. This is different than a basic scramble, where you can use the drive of the same person for all 18 holes if you like.
It’s a great way to take the pressure off that one person and to allow the weaker players to contribute to the points, especially if they hit a great drive!
Tip: If you’re playing with someone that drives from the forward tee box, (sometimes referred to as “the ladies’ tees”) use their drives when their tee box is significantly more forward than the others. This usually doesn’t happen on par-3’s, but on longer holes, the difference between the forward tee and the back tee can be quite significant!
Four players are recommended for this game, and the goal is simple: the player with the most points at the end of the round is the winner.
The first player to hit their drive is designated as “the Wolf,” (the teeing order rotates on every hole so that each player is the Wolf once every four holes). As each player hits their drive, the Wolf can decide if they want to team up with that player for a 2 versus 2 player match-up on that hole. The decision to “pick or pass” on that player as a teammate must be made immediately after the tee shot, and cannot be reversed. If the Wolf chooses not to pick a partner, he or she will then play as a “Lone Wolf” and play a 1 versus 3 player match-up on that hole. The team with the lowest net score on that hole wins and is awarded points. If it’s a 2 versus 2 match-up, then each player on the winning team receives one point. If it’s a 1 versus 3 match-up, the winning partnership is awarded one point to each player. If the Lone Wolf wins, he or she receives all three points.
This game can be as simple, or as strategic as you want. Watching how others play, or which players are being passed up as teammates, can have a huge impact on your final score.
Just like Vegas, you can lose a lot of money in a hurry if you aren’t careful!
For this game you have two teams with two players each, and you play for a team score on each hole. Now comes the twist! Instead of adding the two team scores together, the scores are paired (lowest score in front). For example, Player A shoots a 4, and Player B shoots a 5. Instead of adding the scores up to nine, the scores are paired and make “45”.
This paired score is representative of the number of points each team earns per hole. These points are tracked throughout the round and at the end, the losers (the team with the higher score) pays the difference to the winners.
This is where it can get expensive, as you can set any value you want on points. For the risk takers, that might be $1 per point. For the rest of us, that might be ten cents a point!
As an example, the paired score for Team A on one hole is 45 and the paired score for Team B is a 55. If they were playing for $1 per point, Team B owes Team A $10 for that hole. If one team is much better than the other, that can add up pretty darn quick!
Unlike Vegas, there is a safeguard in this game to keep things from getting ridiculously out of hand. If a player on a given team scores a 10 or higher, then the 10+ score comes before the lower score when they’re paired together for points. So, if a team has a 7 and a 10 rather than “710 points” for the hole, it’s “107.” This is the only instance in Vegas when the larger number is paired in front of the lower number. Thank goodness for that!!
Have you played any of these games while golfing? Which one would you like to try?