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Popular Golf Tournament formats

Popular Golf Tournament formats

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There are many popular golf tournament formats to play the 18 holes of golf.  You against par, you against another, your team against another team.  These are a few of the popular ways.

What is Match play Golf Tournament?

This is where each hole is considered an individual challenge and there is a winner at every hole.  The golfer that plays each hole with the fewest shots is considered a winner.  

If the players are even at an individual hole it’s considered halved.

The player that wins the most holes over the round is considered to be the winner.

The winning player has won when the lead is more than the holes left.  There is a situation when the lead and the number of holes remaining are the same.  This would be called a Dormie 3 (where the holes left are 3 and the lead is 3 holes)

 

Popular golf tournamentsThere are many popular golf tournament formats to play the 18 holes of golf.  You against par, you against another, your team against another team.  These are a few of the popular ways.

What is Match play Golf Tournament?

This is where each hole is considered an individual challenge and there is a winner at every hole.  The golfer that plays each hole with the fewest shots is considered a winner.  

If the players are even at an individual hole it’s considered halved.

The player that wins the most holes over the round is considered to be the winner.

The winning player has won when the lead is more than the holes left.  There is a situation when the lead and the number of holes remaining are the same.  This would be called a Dormie 3 (where the holes left are 3 and the lead is 3 holes)

What is Stroke play Golf Tournament?

This is where you count the number of shots for the whole round.  The number of shots for each hole is accounted for.

What is a Four Ball Better/Best Ball Golf Tournament?

This is a team game, where a team of two people, each player has their own ball and the lowest score of each team is taken wins the hole.

What is a Foursomes (Alternate shot) Golf Tournament?

This is a team game where a team of two take it in turn to hit the ball.  If team member A Tees off first no matter how mant shots are played on that hole team member B would start the next hole.

You score by using stroke play or match play see above.

What is a Greensomes Golf Tournament?

(Also known as Scotch Foursomes,Canadian Foursomes, Modified Pinehurst, Foursome with Select Drive and other names.

This is similar to foursomes, except both players tee off and the better shot is chosen.  The player who played the weaker shot takes the next shot and its alternate from there on.

What is Skins Golf Tournament?

Instead of points won, here its skins won.  Every hole you win a skin and if no-one wins the hole, the “skin” is now awarded, but carried over to the next hole where the winner would be awarded two skins.  If not won there, three skins are available on the next hole.  

What is split sixes golf tournament? 

This can be played with three players.  There are six points available on every hole.  The winner gets 4 points, second 2 points, third zero points.  It gets very tactical trowards the end.

 

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