List of Fun Golf Outings

by Sharon Penn
    Someone once said, "the worst day of golf is better than the best day stuck in the office."

    Someone once said, "the worst day of golf is better than the best day stuck in the office."

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    Overview

    Golf outings can be a lot of fun for experienced players and beginners. The key is to plan the outing so that players of all levels can participate and have a good time. Exciting contests, awards, prizes and food all play a part in creating an enjoyable golf tournament.

    Contests

    Players keep their own scores during golf tournaments in addition to team scores. Individual prizes can be awarded for the lowest score, longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt for men and for women. A large cash prize for a hole-in-one is always a hit at a golf tournament. To offer a prize such as $1 million dollars prize or a luxury car, purchase golf hole-in-one insurance. Because the chances of an amateur golfer achieving a hole-in-one on a par-3 hole is approximately 1 in 12,500, according to US Hole in One, the premium for this type of insurance is affordable. Some golf tournaments charge a fee to players who want to participate in the hole-in-one contest to pay for insurance charges.

    Scramble Format

    A scramble is a popular format for tournaments because it accommodates high-handicap golfers. All members of the foursome tee off, and the best ball is selected by the team. Each team member then hits from the location of the best ball. Play continues in this way for the remainder of the hole. A team score is then recorded. In the Step Aside Scramble, the player who hits the best ball “steps aside” and allows the other members of the team to hit the next golf shot. When handicaps of golfers are taken into consideration in a scramble, it is termed an Ambrose Scramble.

    Bingo, Bango, Bongo

    For Bingo, Bango, Bongo, each hole is played for three points. The first point, the Bingo, goes to the golfer who reaches the green first regardless of how many strokes it took to get there. The next point, the Bango, is given to the player whose ball is closest to the hole once everyone reaches the green. The third point, the Bongo, is awarded to the golfer who scores the lowest on the hole. Payouts can be based on a set amount per point, or for a total at the end of the round.

    Pink Lady

    For a pink lady scramble, each foursome follows the scramble format, and each team is presented with one pink ball. Players take turns hitting the pink ball for an entire hole. At the end of the hole, the pink lady score is added to the scramble score, and the total is the score for the hole. Options are to eliminate a player from tournament competition if he loses the pink ball, or to award a prize to the team that keeps the pink ball for the greatest number of holes. A prize may be given to the team with the lowest pink lady score for the entire 18 holes.

    About the Author

    Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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