Playing golf is not just about the sport; it’s about companionship and shared experiences. Playing golf with friends elevates the game to a new level of enjoyment. With friends, every shot becomes a moment of friendly competition or mutual encouragement. Laughter and banter enrich the atmosphere, making each round more memorable.
Playing with mates also offers diverse perspectives on techniques and strategies, enhancing your skills. Celebrating successes over tricky shots deepens bonds – and to be honest, so does commiserating when the shots don’t go exactly how you want them to! Golf with friends transforms a game into a fun social event, combining sport, friendship, and usually several unforgettable moments!
Fun golf games
When you’re ready to go golfing with your family, friends, or just by yourself, integrating these golf games for groups can significantly enhance your experience. They bring a twist to the traditional rules, fostering an atmosphere of light-hearted competition and amusement.
Each game offers a unique challenge, encouraging creativity and strategy while making every shot more than just a play for the green. This approach transforms your golfing session into a delightful blend of sport and entertainment, perfect for making lasting memories on the course.
Golf games for single players
Best Ball is a popular choice for solo golfers. Here, you hit two or three balls at each hole and count only the best score. This game not only adds a fun twist but also significantly helps to improve your skills. The second or third shot often turns out better, offering a practical way to refine your technique under different scenarios.
For a more challenging version, try Worst Ball. Similar to Best Ball, you hit multiple balls per hole but with a twist: you count the worst score. This game tests your consistency and resilience under pressure, aiming to maintain your normal score despite the added difficulty. It’s a great way to push yourself and enhance your focus.
Herman & Sherman:
Herman & Sherman is an advanced yet enjoyable game using the controlled shot shapes of a draw and a fade. The aim is to play the first two holes with a draw on every shot and the next two with a fade. This game significantly tests your shot-making abilities and control, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience that sharpens your skills in mastering different shot types.
Golf games for small groups (2 to 4 people)
Stroke Play is golf in its simplest form. Each player counts their shots per hole, and the one with the least shots wins. It’s ideal for two players who enjoy golf’s classic competition, offering a straightforward match where each shot counts.
Skins is all about winning holes. In this game, you earn a point for each hole you win. If a hole is tied, the point rolls over, making the next hole worth more. It’s a great game for 2-4 players, where strategy and consistency are key.
Stringball adds a unique twist. Based on your handicap, you get a certain length of string. You can move your ball using this string and cut off what you use. Earn back string with good shots. It’s a fun, strategic game for a small group of people.
Bingo, bango, bongo:
This game is great for different skill levels. You get points for being first on the
green, closest to the hole, and sinking your putt first. Each hole offers three
points. This game is engaging for the players, balancing skill with strategy.
Portuguese Caddy is similar to getting a second shot when you don’t really like the one you just made! These second shots are called “mulligans”. Players agree at the start how many mulligans each person is allowed throughout the game. If you don’t like your shot, you can move your ball with a kick using a mulligan. It’s a laid-back, fun twist for players.
Six-Six-Six is a fun golf game for groups in which each hole is worth six points in total. So if you win a hole, you get four points. The second-best player receives two points. If the last two players tie, they each receive one point. If two players tie for first place, they each get three points, while the last player gets none. This style makes the game entertaining because the points system allows for regular changes in the leaderboard.
Golf games for larger groups (5 to 12 people)
Stableford is where you score points based on your shots. Instead of counting all your strokes, you earn points for your performance on each hole: 1 point for a bogey, 2 for a par, 3 for a birdie, 4 for an eagle, and 5 for a hole-in-one. The goal is to rack up as many points as possible, making every good shot count towards a higher score.
Nassau breaks a golf round into three parts, perfect for a group of players playing 18 holes. You compete for points in different sections of the game: the front nine holes, the back nine, and the entire round. Each section’s winner gets a point. This format keeps the competition lively throughout the entire round, as each part offers a new chance to win.
Murphys is a twist on Stableford, a suitable golf game for larger groups. It uses a points system where your performance on each hole affects your score differently. For a double bogey or worse, you lose 3 points; a bogey costs you 1 point. Par brings zero points. Birdies add 2 points, eagles 5 points, and a hole-in-one a whopping 8 points. The aim is to have the highest score, making each hole a strategic challenge.
Hounslow Golf Park is probably the friendliest golf centre in London: it’s whole raison d’etre is to be a place where golf is fun and accessible for all, from families with kids to groups of friends and more advanced golfers. Shedding stuffy dress codes and a formal atmosphere, it offers a range of activities from Adventure Golf to the Games Range.
Relax at the café, improve your skills, or enjoy a round with mates. Join us for an unforgettable day where laughter and enjoyment are a definitive part of the experience!
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