Fun Games to Play in a Scramble Golf Tournament

by Brian Hill

    Scramble is a tournament format with teams of four players. All four players hit a ball from the tee. Each member of the team then hits his next shot from the best landing position of these four shots. All four players putt from the spot where the closest approach shot to the hole ended up. This format continues over 18 holes. Scramble events typically have low winning scores, because with four chances of executing each shot, it is likely at least one of them will be good, and the team will have a low score for the hole, often par or better. Within the scramble format, there are fun variations to play in tournaments.

    Worst Ball

    Try reversing the normal scramble format. Select the worst of the four tee shots, and everyone plays from there. Continue picking the worst shot. This can have hilarious results, such as all four players having to hit a second shot from behind a tree. Good players will sharpen their skills because they don't often have to hit from a bad lie in the rough, for example. Novices will enjoy the game more, when they see better players having to get out of tight situations.

    Three-Club Scramble

    Each player is only allowed three golf clubs for the match. She selects which three out of her bag of 14. This format helps players develop their shot-making skills. You have to plan and execute a shot with an unusual club because you only have three clubs to choose from, such as hitting a second shot off the fairway with your driver. Strategy comes into play with the three clubs selected. You would want your longest hitter to be sure to include his driver among the three. A short game wizard would make sure she has her pitching wedge.

    Draw the Club

    Print the name of each of the 14 clubs on a piece of paper and place them in a hat. For each shot, have one player draw one of the names. That is the club each player will have to use for that particular shot. This results in some really challenging shots and comical efforts, such as trying to hit a tee shot with a putter.

    Skins and Scramble Combo

    A skins game is based on awarding the hole or "skin" to the player with the lowest score for that hole. If two players tie for lowest score, that skin rolls over to the next hole. It's possible to go for several holes without any skins being awarded. Incorporate a skins element in a scramble tournament. It's likely that with enough foursomes on the course, the best score on most of holes will be tied by several teams -- so the skins will accumulate. But a spectacular score on one of the holes, such as an eagle on a par-5, could give a bunch of skins -- perhaps 12 -- to one team. This amps up the competition between the teams because there are now two tournaments a team could win.

    About the Author

    Brian Hill is the author of four popular business and finance books: "The Making of a Bestseller," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "Attracting Capital from Angels" and his latest book, published in 2013, "The Pocket Small Business Owner's Guide to Business Plans."