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Fun vs. Competitive Golf Tournaments

Now that you have created your plan, set up a timeline, picked your volunteers, and set up a budget, what do you do next? This is the perfect time to decide what type of tournament this is going to be. Do you want a competitive game with only the best of the best, or do you prefer to have everyone get a shot and make this tournament for fun only? The planning processes for both are different, so you don’t want to advance further in the proceedings before making your decision.

Competitive Golf Tournament

If interested in a competitive tournament, you will need to capture the attention of golfers with lower handicaps, and the types of games you play will be one of the methods in which you do so. Here is a list of games that will keep the interest of a higher caliber player.

  • Best Ball – Tournament players are generally divided into foursomes; players will each take a turn and the lowest score is the one they use.
  • Medal Play – The simplest game is the best for competitive play. Every player’s strokes are counted and the lowest one wins.
  • Handicapped – If the tournament is a Pro-Am, the numbers will be a little skewed as the professionals will obviously play better than the amateurs. When handicapped, the golfer’s score is averaged out and then 20 percent is subtracted from that score, evening the playing fields and allowing everyone to have fun.

Playing Just for Fun

If you’ve determined the tournament is going to be just for fun, you have opened the playing field up to all caliber golfers and will want to de-emphasize winning. Here are a couple of games to play that will serve the purpose of only having fun.

  • Scramble – Often used during tournaments, a scramble is similar to best ball, but in this all four teammates will hit the ball from the tee, and then set their balls in the spot that is nearest to the hole for the next shot. This continues until the ball lands in the hole. The lowest score is the one the team will use for that hole.
  • Best Ball – Best ball uses the lowest score of the four golfers and is good for both competitive and fun tournaments.
  • De-emphasizing Winning – While not a game, this method is used to determine how prizes are awarded. You can offer prizes for most strokes per hole, shortest drive, even who wears the craziest the golf ensemble.

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For more information on ways to differentiate between a competitive tournament and one that’s just for fun, check out our amazing tournament planning guide! Or, use our “Submit your Golf Outing Request” Tool to start planning now!