While golf is an enjoyable game in its own right, sometimes a group of players may wish to inject a little extra fun — and maybe a few wagers — into their round. Golfers never have been at a shortage for creative tweaks to the game that can turn a round into a whole new experience.
If you are playing a round by yourself at a course where it is permissible, such as an early morning round at a course where you have membership and won't be in the way of other players, play worst ball, in which two balls are played every hole and the worst score is kept.
Using handicaps to level the playing field between two golfers is common when players have different skill levels. In a standard handicap competition, a player takes a stroke off his score for every stroke higher his handicap is than his opponent's. In string golf, instead of a stroke, a player gets 1 foot of string. The string can be used to move the ball on the course — out of a hazard or closer to the hole on the green, for example — until all the string has been used.
Split 6 is a variant of skins or match play in that winning the hole is what matters, not the margin of victory. The game is played among three players. Six points are awarded every hole. Winning a hole is worth four points, and the second-best score is worth two points. If there is a tie, points are split evenly. So, for example, if all three players tie, every player gets 2 points. The player with the most points at the end of the round is the winner.
Bingo, Bango, Bongo
Bingo, Bango, Bongo rewards players for being the first to accomplish each of three objectives. The Bingo point goes to the player who first puts his ball on the green. The player whose ball is closest to the pin once all balls are on the green earns the Bango point. The Bongo point goes to the player who is first to hole out (not the player in with the lowest score). Points are tallied on each hole during a round.