Fun Golf Tournament Formats

Choose Your Game Format

Not everyone knows that there are many different golf formats depending on the type of event that you want to play. At Striker Golf GPS, we have tried to incorporate the more popular ones into our mobile app scorecard to allow our users use both the GPS and LIVE Scoring features while playing these different formats. We have all the popular game formats to add to your tournament, whether it is a charity tournament, a company tournament, a club tournament, or even the golf trip with your buddies. All the Ryder Cup games are included. Below are some of these game descriptions as well as some other games you might want to play.

  • Best Ball
  • Better Ball ( Fourball )
  • Alternate Shot (Foursome)
  • Individual Match Play
  • Scramble
  • Shamble
  • Skins
  • Nassaus
  • Cha Cha Cha ( 1-2-3 )
  • Lone Ranger

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Below Are Some Game Descriptions

Better Ball ( Best Ball ) Explained

Better Ball can be played as either stroke play or match play formats. Each player plays their own balls all the way into the hole. The tournament organizer will choose how many scores to use toward the score. If one score is chosen, then only the best score out of the team is used. If the organizer chooses to use 2 scores, then the best 2 scores are added and used as the team score. If the organizer chooses to use 3 scores, then the best 3 scores are added and used as the team score. The game can either be played as match play or strokeplay. Better ball is also called Four Ball when the game is played with 2 member teams.

Four Ball Explained

Four Ball is a Best Ball Tournament which is played with 2 member teams. See Better Ball.

Best Ball Explained

Best Ball is also called Better Ball. See Better Ball

Alternate Shot ( Foursome ) Explained

Alternate Shot can be played as stroke play or match play format. After the first player tees off, the second player hits the second shot, the next player hits the next shot, and so on until the ball is in the hole. Shots off of the Tee Box are also alternated so that the same player doesn’t hit every drive. There is obviously only one score recorded for the team. The game can either be played as match play or strokeplay. Alternate Shot is also called Foursomes when the game is played with 2 member teams

Foursomes Explained

Foursomes is an Alternate Shot Tournament which is played with 2 member teams. See also Alternate Shot.

Scramble Explained

Scramble is one of the most common tournament formats for golf associations, charity events, and corporate outing. A Scramble tournament is often confused with a Best Ball Tournament. A Scramble Tournament is can be played with 2, 3, or 4 person teams. Each player tees off on each hole. The best of the drives is used to determine the location for the second shot. Each player will play from this position. All players will hit again from this spot. The best hit out of the bunch is then chosen for the team to hit the next shot and so on until the ball is in the hole…. Putts included.

Shamble Explained ( not to be confused with Scramble )

Shamble is one of the most common tournament formats for golf associations, charity events, and corporate outing. A Shamble tournament is often confused with a Best Ball or a Scramble Tournament. A Shamble Tournament is can be played with 2, 3, or 4 person teams. Each player tees off on each hole. The best of the drives is used to determine the location for the second shot And only this shot. Each player will play their own balls from that point on AFTER the best drive.

Ryder Cup Explained

The Ryder Cup is an international competition played between the United States and the United Kingdom. The format has been adopted as one of the most popular group trip formats played amongst teams of friends. The actual Ryder cup is played between 2 teams of 12 players. Each contest consists of eight foursomes matches ( also called alternate shot ), eight fourball matches ( also called better ball ), and 12 singles matches. All matches are played as match play. A point is given for each match win. And the team with the most points at the end wins.

Skins

Skins is one of the most common types of gambling game in golf. The concept is simple- if you win the hole, you win the money. And if nobody wins the hole, the wager gets carried to the next hole. And if you win that next hole, then you win the carry over hole as well as the hole that you just won. And from this basic concept, you can add many different variations. For example, some players will say that you can only carry over 3 holes, others will say there are no carry over holes, some will even say that all carry overs are pushed to the 9th or the 18th hole. The variations are infinite.

The beauty of Skins is that you can apply it to any MATCH Play format- even if you are playing as teams. For example, you can play it using an alternate shot format ( foursums ), best ball formats ( fourball ) or even 2 team scrambles.

Nassaus

Nassaus is along with Skins, the most common type of betting game. The concept is fairly simple. The match is broken up into 3 different matches. There is a winner for the front 9. There is a winner for the back 9. And there is a winner for the 18 hole match. There for another name for it is 9-9-9. Like Skins, it is generally played as match play ( but can be played as stroke play ). The amount of the bet is pre-established often at 2 or 5 dollars. So if a player wins all three phases at 2 dollars, they can will up to 6 dollars.

Where Nassaus becomes a little more interesting, is the ability for the losing players to PRESS their bets in an attempt to get their money back. So if a player or team is down by 2 in their front 9 match, they can PRESS their bet. This means that a new match starts on that hole- but only for the remaining holes on that 9. They can also press the 18 hole match. So if the losing group PRESSES their bet on the 6th hole, the groups will play a SEPARATE 3 hole match if they press the front 9 or ( a separate 12 holes match if they press the 18 holes ). The ability to press and the timing to press ( some will say you can’t press unless you are 2 points down ) is predetermined at the beginning of the match.

Cha Cha Cha Tournament Format ( 1-2-3 Best Ball )

In the 4-Man Cha Cha Cha golf 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 combined count as the team score. On the third hole (cha cha cha), the three low balls combined count as the team score. The rotation starts over on the fourth hole.
This format keeps all players on a team involved and engaged in the fate of the team.

Lone Ranger

On each hole, one player in each foursome is designated the “lone ranger.” That designation rotates throughout the round; for example, Player A has it on the first hole, B on the second, C on the third, D on the fourth, then back to A on the fifth and so on.

In Lone Ranger, two scores per hole are added together for the team score. Here’s the catch: One of those two scores must be from the Lone Ranger. So on each hole, the team score will be the score of the player designated the Lone Ranger, plus the lowest score of the other three players on the team.

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  1. Can somebody tell me how Barracuda Seven works?

  2. Couldn’t find the golf play format “Barracuda Seven” in google. I know that it exists but have no idea on how it works

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