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Golf games to play with golf partners…

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Whether you play in the same weekend fourball as a ritual or jump from group to group, the golf games or formats you chose to play, can spice up your round, especially if you like a bit of a wager.

All golfers love to moan about how we would have had two more Stableford points but for the unlucky bounce on the 7th and the stupid missed putt on the 16th.

All the time while forgetting the good fortune that went our way.

And that is because we all love to win. 

Whether it is a friendly two-ball with your mate after work, a game against a relative or that weekend fourball, it isn’t always about just playing well.

It is also about beating the guys you’ve just spent four hours in the company of.

Golf lends itself to make the most of the competitiveness between you and your playing partners.

So much so, you can set up a little wager before anyone has struck their opening tee shot.

And there are a few ways you can spice up a round and have something at stake to keep the interest throughout the 18 holes.

 
TSG Matchplay Champion 2018 - Dave Short

Strokeplay/Medalplay

The simplest and most widely played golf games to play is just you versus your opponent.

It’s just the least number of shots taken over course of 9 or 18 holes.

No handicaps are taken into account.

Its just a straight forward test, based on who takes the fewest shots, wins.

Matchplay

Arguably the most fun to play, here you score based on holes won.

Each player earns a point for each hole in which they have taken fewer shots than their opponents

You’re playing against one playing partner, in pairs.

The format varies, depending on whether you are using your Gross score.

Or after your handicap has been taken into account.

If you score early, the match could end early e.g. Dave won by seven holes, as there were only six left to play.

However, if the two playing partners are playing off the correct handicaps, the game should last to the last few holes.

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Foursomes

Ideal for your weekend fourball. 

Pick pairs, or throw the balls up to decide who plays with who. 

Decide if you’re giving any shots, what scoring system or format you are playing, and off you go. 

It’s the best score from each pair on a hole for a win, halve or loss. 

This format also lends itself to playing for a medal score or Stableford points to determine the winners of the side bet.

 

Greensomes

Not dissimilar to Foursomes but the only difference is that both players hit a tee shot.

The team then choose the best shot of the pair and then play alternate shots, until the completion of the hole.

This can be a quick game, as there will be a reduced number of shots taken per player over the course of the 18 holes.

 

Skins

Skins is the ultimate cash wager for golfers.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a two-ball, three-ball or four-ball for this format.

You just need to decide an amount per hole for the “skins” before teeing off.

Skins works with the “skin” bet amount for each hole going to the winner of that hole. 

If no player wins the hole outright, the money rolls onto the next one.

It makes for some serious testing putts when a 5 or 6 rollover is at stake!

By the end of the match, each player may have won some money from their playing partners…but there can only be one outright winner!

 

Animals

Another favourites of the golf games to play and one that is not played as much as it perhaps should be, is ‘Animals’.

You collect an animal for various incidents or shots on the course – a duck for a hook or slice finding the wrong fairway, a frog for finding water, a woodpecker for hitting a tree

Or a camel for finding the sand and so on.

The winner of a game of animals is the player with the fewest ticked off. 

Prepare for some arguments with your playing partners though.

 

Sandies

‘Sandies’ rewards players who produce the goods from the bunker. 

Anyone making a Par or better having found a sand trap on a hole, wins cash from their playing partners. 

Double ‘Sandies’ and triple ‘Sandies’ exist for two or three trips to the bunkers on a hole. 

Determine how much a Sandie is before you start and take your partners to the cleaners with good bunker play.  

 
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Texas Scramble

This format of the game lends itself to playing with multiple groups and can involve good play but some cunning strategy too.

Played in three or four balls, each member of the group takes in turns to be the ‘lead ball’. 

Once all the drives have been taken, you pick the best drive and all play from that spot.

You then pick the best shot or Putt and all group members play from the designated spot again until you have holded-out.

Only one score is recorded per team. 

However, you must all be responsible for an equal amount of drives…

e.g. if, in a fourball team, each player MUST have his or her drive used a minimum of four times in a round, with the remaining drives to be selected at will. 

4 x 4 drives = 16. Each member of the 4-person scramble team is required to = 2 random drives = 18.

Texas Scramble handicaps: Add up the combined handicaps of all players and divide by the number of players to establish an average e.g. 18, 23, 9 & 11 = 61 / 4 = 15.25.

Therefore your team will play off… 15.

Otherwise, mark your card as usual BUT ensure you keep a record of whose drive was used on which hole.


So that’s it, there are many ways to enjoy the game of golf other than standard strokeplay.

Of course,, if you want to make a wager that doesn’t upset your pals, then take advantage of the many gambling websites that offer the latest betting prices on the PGA Tour and European Tour tournaments.

Or if you don’t like alternative golf games but like a bet, take advantage of the free bets for golf lovers given away on many betting sites in the UK and Worldwide.

Alternatively, if your playing partners don’t like a side bet, just play for the honour!

#HaveFun!

By Gary Emmerson

Using a golf course guide to select a course to play…

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Finding a Golf Course Guide and a new golf course to play;

Whether played as a hobby or preparing for a competition using a Golf Course Guide is paramount to getting the most from your golf day.

In addition, while golf is without a doubt one of the most entertaining sports in the world, a day out can be ruined by playing a course that is either to hard or to easy to play – depending on your ability.

Golfers can be enjoyed by all age groups with endless courses options availble to all in the UK.

However, we also need to keep in mind that selecting the best golf course to play, suiting your skills and playing standards can be tricky. 

Do you start on a flat course, a short course or a Par 3 course? This is especially important when you are starting out. 

So,  what factors should you examine when choosing a golf course in your area to play?  

Golf Course Guide - Vilamoura

 

Golf Course Guide – Golf course deisgn and layout?

Many courses have been engineered around specific levels of skill and ability e.g.  holes with a par three, four or five will naturally be more challenging.

The same holds true in regards to any course hazards present, such as water and bunkers (sandtraps).

Check both the Par (and yardage) of the course and consider the ‘Slope Rating’ – the difficulty factor of the course.

The course you play can make a huge impact on both your scoring and your enjoyment. 

An ideal way to help in golf course selection is also by reading course reviews found in a relaible and recognised and golf course guide to see what your fellow golf lovers have to say.

Or navigate to the website of the course in question, as this generally provides a detailed overview of its physical layout, as well as information on green fees and food options.

Golf Course Guide - Crowborough Beacon GC

Golf Course Guide – Membership feees, Green Fees and other golfing expenses?

Golf can be a rather expensive sport.

This is why appreciating what Golf Club Annual Membership fees you will be required to pay, is another logical recommendation beofre choosing which course to play (or indeed join).

These tend to be paid on a yearly basis although some courses may allow you to increase the amount of the initial deposit in order to reduce future premiums.

However, the game in the UK is slowing moving more towards a ‘Pay & Play’ model. i.e You are a day visitor and you only have to pay for you single round on the day.

Let us also not fail to mention the cost of equipment such as clubs, balls and shoes.

A good set of clubs could cost you as £1,000 ($1500) and there is no doubt that this could eat into a tight budget.

But anyone starting out would be better advised to buy a second hand set before spending big.

This is why it is wise to ask if an anuual golf club membership also comes with a member discount card for use in the club Proshop.

Golf Course Guide - Brocket-Hall-Classic-Shot

Golf Course Guide – The Social Side?

Golf is a very social sport (hence the existence of this website golfing community!) and it is often quite easy to make friends while on the fairways and greens. 

However, some courses and clubs are more exclusive than others. and using an good up to date, golf course guide will also cover this side of the game.

Try to join a club/course that caters to individuals much like yourself. 

It is also prudent to study the local online forums before joining (see golf course guide customer reviews advice above) in order to better determine which venue is the most relevant for you. 

Professional golfers require years to master their skills and while you might not ever wish to ascend to this level, there are still many other considerations to consider when selecting the most appropriate course. 

Not only will its physical characteristics determine your overall experience, but the atmoshphere and the greeting received goes a long way to determining your overall enjoyment.

Above all, always remember to have fun while playing!

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By Ian Mullins

 

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