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Charity Golf and Fundraising Tournament Play Formats

June 14, 2010

I’m an event planner…not a golfer.  So truthfully I can’t profess to actually knowing how to play golf.  But I do know that there are three common formates for charity golf and fundraising tournaments: scramble, best ball, and alternate shot.

Scramble
This format usually is played with groups of four, but it certainly can be played with more than four players, or as few as two.  In a scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots then is selected, and all players play their second shot from that spot. The process is repeated until the ball is holed. Keep in mind that when playing a scramble, you can drop your ball within one club length from where the chosen ball lies, but no closer to the hole.

Best ball
This format usually is for four-person teams. Each player on the team plays his or her own ball throughout the hole and the round. On each hole, the lowest score among the four players counts as the team score. There can be two best ball formats, where you must count two balls on each hole. The more balls that count helps keep all of the players involved in the fate of the team.

Alternate shot
This format usually involves two-person teams and is a competition where the team alternates who hits each shot. The first player hits the drive, the second player hits the second shot, the first player hits the third shot, and so on until the ball is holed. The team also alternates who hits the drive on each hole, so the same player doesn’t hit every drive.

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