Golf is a fantastic game that offers flexibility in terms of where, how, and with whom you play. One way to make a weekend round with buddies more interesting is by incorporating friendly competitions and games. In this blog post, I'll share some of my personal favourite "buddies' games" that cater to different group sizes, skill levels, and vibes. So, the next time you hit the course, give one of these games a try or feel free to share your own favourites in the comments below.
Low-Ball, Low-Total: Ideal for a foursome, this game involves two teams of two players each. On each hole, two points are up for grabs. One point goes to the team with the player who scores the best individually, and the other point goes to the team with the best aggregate score for the duo. Unlike best ball, you can't rely on a hot partner to carry you to victory in this format. Every score counts, adding an extra layer of competitiveness. For an added twist, assign extra points for birdies and eagles to increase the excitement and strategic gameplay.
Par, par, par. 3, 3, 3
Par, bogey, bogey5, 2, 2
Par, par, bogey4, 4, 1
Birdie, par, bogey5, 3, 1
9 Point Game: Perfect for groups of three, the 9-point game offers multiple outcomes and points on every hole. The goal is to win as many points as possible, with the total points always adding up to 9. Various combinations of scores, such as par, birdie, bogey, or all pars, have different point allocations. At the end of the round, add up the points to determine the winner. You can play for pride or assign a nominal value to each point to be paid out at the 19th hole.
Banker: A wagering game that tests nerves and adds excitement, Banker can be played by groups of three or more players. On each hole, a different player assumes the role of the "banker" and plays an individual match against each player in the group. Wagers are placed before teeing off, with the banker always hitting last. Players have the option to double their bets before their ball lands, which adds a thrilling element to each tee shot. The banker retains their status until they are beaten, at which point the new winner becomes the banker.
Golf is not only a sport but also a fantastic opportunity for friendly competition and camaraderie. By incorporating these fun games into your rounds with friends and family, you can keep the competitive spirit alive in a lighthearted and enjoyable way. Whether you try Low-Ball, Low-Total for a foursome, the 9 Point Game for a threesome, Banker for a nerve-wracking challenge, these variations will enhance your golfing experience. So, gather your buddies, hit the course, and let the games begin!