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Golf Tournament Formats, Side Games and Golf Bets

Definitions of Tourney Formats and Betting Games

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Posing for the pre-tournament group photo

Posing for the first tee group photo - it's a tradition at recreational tournaments, charity tournaments and corporate outings. These three guys got to pose with Chi Chi Rodriguez (second from right).

Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

Listed below are dozens of golf tournament formats, golf bets and golf betting games. Click on a term for the definition. (If you were looking for information about professional tournaments, see our Golf Tournaments index.) When you're finished here, return to the Golf Glossary index for more definitions of golf terms.
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1-Man Captain's Choice
1-2-3 Best Ball
2-2-2
2-Man No Scotch
2-Man Scramble
2-Person Best Ball
32
3 Blind Mice
3 In 1
3 Little Pigs
4BBB
4-Man Cha Cha Cha
4-Point Game
40 Balls
5 of Clubs
6-Point Game
Aces and Deuces
Acey Ducey
Air Presses
Alternate Shot
Am-Am
Ambrose Competition
American Foursomes - See Chapman System
Appearances
Arizona Shuffle
Arnies
Auto Win
Bag Raid
Barkies
The Bear
Beat the Worst
Best At Something
Best Ball
Best Nines
Better Ball
Bingle Bangle Bungle - See Bingo Bango Bongo
Bingo Bango Bongo
Bisque
Bisque Par
Bisque Stroke
Blind Bogey
Blind Nine
Bowmaker
Bramble
Bridge
Calcutta
Callaway System
Canadian Foursomes
Captain's Choice
Chapman System
Chicago
Chippies
Choker
C.O.D.
Criers and Whiners
Criss Cross
Cut Throat
Daytona
Defender
Derby
Devil Ball
Disaster
Dots (or dot game)
Eclectic
Eliminator
English
Favorite Holes
Fairways & Greens
Fish
Fishies
Five of Clubs
Flags (Flag Competition)
Florida Scramble
Footgolf
Fort Lauderdale
Forty Balls
Four Ball
Fourball Alliance
Four-Point Game
Foursomes
Garbage
Greenies
Greensomes
Gruesomes
Hate 'Em
Hog
Hogies
Hole-in-One Contest
Hollywood - See Round Robin
Honest John
Honey Pot
Honors
Horse Race - See Shoot Out
In the Bucket
Irish Four Ball
Jack and Jill
Joker's Wild
Ladder Tournament
Last Man Standing
Las Vegas
Las Vegas Scramble
Lone Ranger
Lone Wolf - Wolf
Long and Short
Longest Yard
Low Ball-High Ball
Low Putts
Luck of the Draw
Miami Scramble
Modified Pinehurst
Modified Stableford
Money Ball
Mulligans
Murphy
Mutt and Jeff
Name That Score - See Bridge
Nassau
Nasties
Nicklauses
Nine Points
Nines
No Alibis
No Putts
N.O.S.E.
Odds and Evens
One Club
One Person Captain's Choice
Oozles and Foozles
Par Is Your Partner
Par or Out
Peoria System
Perfecto
Pick Up Sticks
Pinehurst
Pink Ball - See Yellow Ball
Pink Lady
Pinnie
Play It Again, Sam
Polee
Powerball
PowerPlay Golf
Press (or Pressing the Bet)
Proxy (or Proxy Contest)
Putt for Dough
Quota tournament
Rabbit
Red, White and Blue
Replay - See No Alibis
Reverse Scramble
Round Robin
Rumpsie Dumpsie - See Shoot Out
Sandie
Scotch Foursomes
Scramble
Scruffy
Scuffies
Selected Score
Seve
Shamble
Shazam
Ship, Captain & Crew - See Wolf
Sixes
Skins Game
Skirts
Shoot Out
Snake
Splashies
Split Sixes
Stableford
Stealies
Step Aside
Strike Three
String It Out
Sundowner
Swat Tournament
Switch
System 36
T and F
Texas Scramble
Thirty-Nines - See Chicago
Thirty-Two
Three Ball
Three Blind Mice
Three Club Monte
3 In 1
3 Little Pigs
Three-Putt Poker
Threesomes
Tombstone
The Train
Triples
Trouble
Uglies
Umbrella (or Umbrella Game)
Various Pars
Whack and Hack
Wipe Out - See No Alibis
Wolf
Wolfman
Woodies - See Barkies
Yellow Ball
Yellowsomes

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