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Raise the Stakes in your Foursome

Tip Provided by Golftec of Maryland

Four fun games everyone can play
Don Guckenberger, GolfTEC Contributor

By this time of year, your regular foursome might be ready for some new games to play out on the course. Most players are familiar with common games like Wolf (or Las Vegas) while a standard Nassau bet may require high stakes in order to generate interest. Perhaps you have a gap in player skill or simply want a fresh way enjoy a day on the golf course. Some of these games will challenge you to re-think your approach to the game while others are simply fun. Check out these ideas for some fun ways to change things up.

Bingo-Bango-Bongo
Skill needed: All abilities
Players: Individual scoring

This game is appealing because it encourages the use of alternate playing options instead of just focusing on score. Even if a player has blown it from tee to green, they still have something worth focusing on,” says GolfTEC Manager of Teaching Quality Patrick Nuber

Overview: This is a great game when your foursome features players of various skill levels. On each hole, all of the players compete individually to earn up to three points. Strong adherence and understanding of golf etiquette is essential to this game. Agree on a bet per point or simply decide that the loser buys the first round at the 19th hole.

 

  • Bingo: The first person to reach the green will earn a point. The player with the worst drive off the tee will have the first chance to reach the green.
  • Bango: The second point on the hole is awarded to the person who is closest to the hole after all four players have reached the green. Again, the etiquette of play is important here. Example: A player reaches the green in regulation, but is 25’ away from the cup. Meanwhile a competitor uses five strokes to fight through the trees and out of a bunker. But, their greenside chip ends up 5’ away. The player who is closer would win, even if they’re hitting their fifth shot while another player is on in two.
  • Bongo: The first person in the hole gets the third and final point. Again, if someone drains a long putt from 50’ for triple bogey, they’ll win the point if they’re the first to sink their putt.

Variation: Some foursomes will double the points on a hole if one player sweeps the three points!

Strike Three
Skill needed: All abilities
Players: Individual scoring

Says GolfTEC VP Brent Stewart, “While one of the secrets to good play is to avoid big numbers on holes, it’s especially common for higher handicappers to lose confidence and concentration. This game gives them a chance to refocus, kind of like getting an entire hole as a ‘gimmie’.

Overview: Each player posts scores normally throughout the round. After 18 holes, each player then crosses out their 3 worst holes and compare their best 15-hole scores.

Variation: For groups with mixed skill levels, lower handicap players may be limited to only 2 holes.

Acey-Deucy
Skill needed: Moderate to high
Players: Individual scoring

There is a lot of volatility in this wager, but if you have a balanced foursome you will rarely see a big loser out of the group”, says GolfTEC Co-founder and COO Mike Clinton

Overview: In this game, two wagers are simultaneously posted on each hole. The first wager is for the best score while the second wager applies to the worst score. The winner of the hole receives payment from each of the other three players while the loser pays each of the three winning players. Typically the wager for the winner is twice that for the losing wager. For example, you might play with a $2 wager for the winner and a $1 wager for the loser. Let’s assume player “A” wins the hole and player “D” loses the hole. “A” will receive $7 ($2 each from the 3 losers, plus $1 when the losing score pays out). The middle two scorers will each lose $1 (Pay the “A” player $2 and receive $1 from “D”) while “D” will pay a total of $5 ($2 to “A” for the win, and $1 each the “A”, “B” and “C” for the loss). While there is a risk that someone could win or lose about $100, the likely scenario will be much more balanced.

Bag Raid
Skill needed: Moderate to high
Players: 2v2 match play (or 1v1 if a twosome)

This game can be a lot of fun because it forces players to get creative with their shots and adapt to challenging situations. It’s very helpful for low-handicap players because shaving 1-2 strokes of their round requires a higher level of play,” says GolfTEC VP of Instruction and Education & PGA Master Professional Andy Hilts.

Overview: This match play format comes with a significant twist for the winner of each hole. The losing side chooses one club to remove from their opponent’s bag after each hole. This club is unavailable for use for the rest of the round. By the time the back nine is in sight, some very creative shot making will be required from both sides.

Recommendations & Variations:

  • Exempt the putter
  • Allow players to reclaim a club after posting a birdie
  • Reset the bags at the turn

OF course, there are many other golf games that can be played on the course. We hope that these ideas will add some added spark to your next tee time.

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