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Simple Golf Games

by Patrick Cameron
    Spice up your next round by playing a game within the game.

    Spice up your next round by playing a game within the game.

    bride and groom golfing image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com

    Overview

    You can hit the golf course and play stroke for stroke with your friends. But that might not be as fun if one player is far superior to the others. So apply some new rules to the game, making it more equitable for all involved. There are some simple games that you can play while golfing that will make everyone a contender.

    Bingo, Bango, Bongo

    There are three components to the game that allow players to score points. The golfer who gets on the green first gets the Bingo point. The Bango point goes to the player whose ball is closest to the hole once every player's ball is on the green. The player who holes out first earns the Bongo point. All points are awarded regardless of the number of strokes. Score can be kept by keeping track of who wins the most holes or by tallying the cumulative number of points at the end of the round.

    Putter Golf

    This game is played as you would expect: The entire round is played with your putter only. Of course, it is not recommended you play this game on highly maintained or busy courses because it takes a long time to complete such a round, and rangers tend to frown on it. The other thing to remember when playing putter golf is that you will need two, possibly three, putters for a round, depending on how sturdily they are constructed. Putters are not made for lengthy, so they tend to take a beating.

    Pick Up Sticks

    Pick Up Sticks helps level the playing field over the course of 18 holes. The game is played in a typical match-play format, with each golfer keeping his own score. The loser of a hole gets to pull a club out of his opponent's bag. Players only can reclaim their clubs by losing holes. A good golfer could, ideally, win the first four or five holes against weaker competition, but his loss of clubs would end up leveling the competition. If you are only playing nine holes, consider allowing the loser to grab two clubs from the opponent's bag on each hole.

    About the Author

    Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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    • bride and groom golfing image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com