A golf trip is nothing without a little gambling and some side action. We can work with the resorts to set up your scorecards to each players handicap for whatever gambling game you decide to choose. Below is a list of gambling games you could choose from.
Best ball (also known as fourball in the Ryder Cup) involves 2-person teams where each player on the team plays his or her own golf ball throughout the round. After each hole the player with the lowest score on the hole (or “best ball”) out of the 2-person team serves as the team's score.
Two points are awarded each hole, one for the lowest score and the second to the lower score out of the two higher scoring players on each team. Points are accumulated throughout the round and wagers are made either per point or to the team with the most points at the end of the round.
Foursomes, also known as alternate shot, is a pairs playing format in the sport of golf. Golfers compete in teams of two, using only one ball per team, and taking alternate shots until the hole is completed.
"Wolf" is the name of a golf betting game for a group of four golfers in which one golfer on each hole—called the Wolf—chooses whether to play the hole 1-vs.-3, or to partner up and play it 2-vs.-2.
Stableford is a scoring system in golf which, rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. The objective in Stableford, therefore, is to have the highest score – unlike traditional scoring methods.
All four players will hole out, then check their scores. If they score the same on the hole, they will combine those digits for their score. If each makes a 4, the score is 44 for the hole. If the score differs, par will be the guide for the round. If someone gets a par or better, note that the lowest number will go first. If bogey or worse is made on a hole, the higher score goes first (so a bogey and a double bogey on a par 4 would equal a total of 65). At the end of the round the lowest number wins.
Remember that the two scores are NOT added together. They are put together or paired together. We are going to use Golfer A and Golfer B. If Golfer A scores 5 and B scores a 6 — that would be a 56 rather than 11. Fifty-six would be the score for Team 1 on the first hole. The smaller number goes first. Now the betting comes in — let’s say that the bet is placed at $1 per point — on Hole 1 if the team with a score of 4 and 5 are together for a 45, and Team B scores 5 and 6 for 56, the difference between the two is 11 points. The winning team just won $11. This is a game for financially well off golfers as the winnings, or losing add up fast.
This is a great game because you can play with everyone in your foursome as a team. It is best-ball between the two teams or two players. You will rotate partners every six holes. There are three different matches played within one 18-round.
Fourballs have more options, but a three ball has a better chance of a hole being won outright, and this is the main driver of the game. The main point to this game: The rabbit is captured by the first player who wins the hole outright. This player will hold onto the rabbit until another player wins the hole. Also it is important to note that the person who walks off the ninth and 18th green win equal stakes of the money. In this version of rabbit, the rabbit is set free each hole and up for grabs. Betting can be placed on 9- or 18-hole rounds. You can also have a pot so the one holding the rabbit on the 18th holes takes the pot of cash.
There will be a total of three points available for each hole. One for the first player who reaches the green (bingo), one for the player closest to the pin (bango) and one for the first player to hole out (bongo). This is a great game to try because the best score will not always win. This is a point-based game that can be played from two players and up. The goal is to get the most points during the round. At the end of the round you add up your points and the highest score wins.