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SIDE GAMES

Over the past several years we have covered a multitude of side games and believe that we have exhausted providing you with games that are new. With the help of PGA Professional, Tom Beeler, we are going to provide you with something a little different than just betting games.

Gruesomes

Gruesomes is a betting game that pits 2-person teams against each other. Both team members tee off, then the other teams get to choose which of the drives your side has to play. Obviously, they'll choose the worst or most gruesome of the two drives. Gruesomes is a 2-person team game that is more common as a betting game but is also sometimes used as a tournament format.

Following selection of the tee ball, the teams play out the hole in alternate shot fashion. The player who hit the "gruesome" tee ball also plays the second shot.

Criers and Whiners

Criers and Whiners is known by many different names, but the gist is the same: it's a game of mulligans for those players who are always crying and whining about that handful of shots they screwed up. "If only I could have hit that one again..." The number of do overs golfers get in Criers and Whiners is based on their handicap index.

Criers and Whiners is a game of do overs, or mulligans that can be used from any point on the course. In Criers and Whiners, handicaps are converted into free shots that are used during a round.

Say a player has a handicap of 14. Rather than applying the handicap in the proper manner, the player is instead given 14 free shots to use at any point on the course, at any time. Hit a bad shot off the second tee? Hit it again. Now you've got 13 left.

The game can be played with full handicaps (as in the example above) but it most common to use only three fourths or two thirds of handicaps. That forces the player to be judicious in using his replay strokes.

Two other conditions usually apply: The first tee shot of the day may not be replayed, and no shot can be replayed twice.

Uglies

Uglies can be a side bet in any group of golfers. Determine the value of each "ugly" before the round begins. Uglies are automatically won by any golfer holing a shot from off the green. Also decide before the round if chip ins from the fringe will count.

Switch

Switch can be a tournament format or a betting game. Either way, it involves 2 person teams on which the players switch balls following the tee shots, then play out the hole using those balls.

For example, Players A and B tee off. Player A now switches to B's ball and vice versa. Player A continues playing that ball he's switched to until it is holed, as does B.

Switch can be played as stroke play or match play; the total strokes for both players can be used, or just the better ball


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