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Have you tried these golf game formats?

March 08, 2022

For a twist, here are a few uncommon golf games you might not know about. Consider giving one of these variations a try the next time you hit the links for business.

Chairman: The goal in a round of Chairman is to be the player that “wins” the greatest number of holes. You win a hole by having the lowest net score as the chairman. You become the chairman by having the lowest net score on the previous hole. If two players tie a hole, then no points are awarded, and the current chairman carries over to the next hole.

Split Sixes: There are six points up for grabs on each hole. The player who wins the hole gets four points, the second best gets two points and the loser gets none. In a tie for second, the points are split 4-1-1. In a tie for first, the points are split 3-3-0. The player with the most points at the end of the round wins.

Lagging: This is an addition to regular stroke play. Once every player has reached the green on each hole, regardless of how many strokes they took to get there, the player closest to the hole gets three points, the next closest gets two, the next closest gets one, and the furthest gets zero. The player with the most points at the end of the round wins.

Foursome: Each player pairs up with another for the round, and the pair alternates shots using only one ball until each hole is finished. Players also alternate who tees off at each hole: one player on even holes, the other on odd. You can play this format in either match play or stroke play. For stroke play, the handicap allowance for the game is half the combined total of each player within the pair. The pair with the lowest net score wins.

Hopefully this email has inspired you to mix up your golf game and make it even more interesting. If you have any tips of your own to share, get in touch!