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    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2007

    12 Golf Games To Play, And Tournament Formats To Try...

    1-2-3 Best Ball

    "1-2-3 Best Ball" is a competition format for 4-person teams. Each player on the team plays his own ball throughout the round. On each hole, a predetermined number of the lower scores is used. One the first hole, the lowest score among the four players counts as the team score. On the second hole, the two lowest scores become the team score. On the third hole, the three lowest scores become the team score. On the fourth hole, it's back to the one lowest score, and so on throughout the round. 1-2-3 Best Ball is a good way to keep all the players involved in the fate of their team.


    "2-2-2" is just another name for the $2 Nassau. A $2 Nassau consists of three bets, each worth $2 - the front nine, the back nine and the full 18 hole score.

    2-Man No Scotch

    In the 2-Man No Scotch golf tournament format, team members tee off, then switch balls, each playing the second shot from where the balls lie. Beginning with the third shot, the two team members play out the hole as a scramble, and record the one low ball as the team score.

    2-Man Scramble

    A 2-Man Scramble is a competition format that is exactly what it sounds like: a scramble in which the teams consist of two players each. After each shot, the best of the two shots is selected and both players play from that spot, until the ball is holed. One team score is recorded.


    2-Person Best Ball


    "2-Person Best Ball" is a best-ball competition format in which the teams consist of two players. Played as one team vs. another, whether stroke play or match play, it's simply another name for Four Ball. Each player on the team plays his own ball until completing the hole, then the lower of the two scores is recorded as the team score for that hole. For more explanation, see Best Ball.

    Also Known As: 2-Man Best Ball, 2-Person Better Ball, Four Ball




    Thirty-Two is a side bet for golfers that focuses on putting. It's essentially a challenge from one golfer to another to avoid a three-putt.

    Let's say your buddy is facing a long, difficult putt. You invoke the thirty-two side bet. If your buddy three-putts (or worse), he owes you two units of the bet. If he two-putts (or better), you owe him three units of the bet. (If the bet is $1, for example, and he three-putts, he owes you $2; if he two-putts, you owe him $3).


    4-Man Cha Cha Cha


    In the 4-Man Cha Cha Cha tournament format, each member of the team plays his or her ball throughout. But a 3-hole rotation exists for determining how many scores are used to create the team score.

    On the first hole (cha), the one low ball counts as the team score. On the second hole (cha cha), the two low balls count as the team score. On the third hole (cha cha cha), the three low balls count as the team score. The rotation starts over on the fourth hole.


    Aces and Dueces

    Aces and Dueces, sometimes called Acey Ducey, is a betting game best for groups of four golfers. On each hole, the low score (the "ace") wins an agreed upon amount from the other three players, and the high score (the "duece") loses an agreed upon amount to the other three players.

    The ace bet is usually worth twice the duece bet, but groups can agree on any amount. Ties for either the ace or the duece mean that no money is paid for that bet on that hole; carryovers are optional at the discretion of the group members (decide before the round starts).

    It works like this: Let's say the ace bet is for $2 and the duece bet is for $1. On the first hole, A makes 4, B makes 5, C makes 5, D makes 6. A is the "ace" and wins $2 each from B, C and D.

    D is the "duece" and owes $1 each to A, B and C. So A wins a total of $7 ($2 from each B, C and D, plus another $1 from D for being the "duece"), B and C have a net loss of $1 (they each pay $2 to A but get $1 from D), and D pays out $5 ($1 to each for being the duece, plus the $2 owed to A for his "ace" score).

    As you can see, this game can get expensive in a hurry if high amounts are used and one or two players dominate. Be sure to play with players of similar skills, or use full handicaps, and to set a reasonable bet amount if you're not a high-roller.

    Acey Ducey

    Acey Ducey, also called Aces and Dueces, is a betting game best for groups of four golfers. On each hole, the low score (the "ace") wins an agreed upon amount from the other three players, and the high score (the "duece") loses an agreed upon amount to the other three players. See Aces and Dueces for more explanation and examples of how the bet works.

    Air presses

    As described in the "Golf Guru" column from the November, 2004, issue of Golf Digest, "air presses" are one-hole bets between individuals that are called while a ball is in the air.

    Set the bet amount before the round. Air presses are automatic; that is, if one is called, it is automatically accepted.

    Say you're on the first tee. Your opponent steps up and smacks his drive, but, uh-oh, it looks like it's headed for the rough. You call an "air press," and the bet is in place. What you're betting is that you'll beat your opponent on this hole. Now you step to the tee. Your opponent has the option, while your ball is in the air, to double the bet.

    Air presses can only be called by a player who has not yet hit on a hole (thereby ensuring that the opponent has the option to double the bet).

    Alternate Shot

    Alternate Shot, also called Foursomes, is a competition format in which 2-person teams alternate hitting the same ball. The first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. Tee balls are alternated so that the same player doesn't hit every drive.

    Alternate Shot can be played as stroke play or match play.


    An Am-Am tournament is one in which two amateurs are paired - "amateur-amateur," get it? Or, as we once saw an am-am described on the Web site of a tournament organizer: "You've heard of a pro-am, right? Well, we ain't got no pros."

    When a tournament is labeled as an am-am, it might imply one of the following:

    • That golfers who sign up to play in the tournament will be paired with a so-called celebrity (as opposed to a professional golfer)
    • Or that the tournament is a big-time amateur event in which low-handicappers are competiting

    It doesn't have to imply either one of those things, of course. A designation of "am-am" often just means that if you sign up to play, you'll be paired with another amateur such as yourself on a 2-person team.

    • CommentAuthorcrystal
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2007
    Thanks for information. Now I know a bit more on the games that I can play for money. I like to gamble sometimes while I play with my friends.
    • CommentAuthorwillyable
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2007
    I like to play for money all the time. Thanks for the gaming ideas. I am always looking for a new game to play.