How to Play Scramble in Golf

By Michael Joseph

A scramble involves four golfers playing as a team. Each player tees off and the team selects the best shot. Players then take their next shots fom there. This continues until a ball is sunk. All holes are played this way. A scramble speeds up pace of play and allows players of all levels to compete with each other.


Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Let the shorter or more accurate drivers go first. Ideally, they will hit the fairway and allow the long hitters to try to crush the ball. If no one hits a safe shot, one golfer should hit a safe shot to the fairway with an iron.
Step 2
On par-3 holes, the less accurate players should begin and aim for the center or fat part of the green. If one reaches it, the others should go pin-seeking.
Step 3
Do the same for approach shots. Let two players try to hit safe shots, then the other two can be more aggressive.
Step 4
The best putter should go last at the hole. With luck, he won't even need to putt. But if he does, he will have had the chance to watch three others putt and get a better idea of the green's speed and breaks.
Step 5
Most scrambles require a certain number of drives, approach shots, or putts. It's easy to play the best shots over and forget about quotas. You don't want to get to the last few holes and have to use only the shots of the highest handicap golfer. Plus, it adds unneeded pressure for less experienced golfers. If they hit decent shots early in the round that won't hurt your chances at par, take them.

Tips & Warnings

Having four golfers for a scramble is best, especially if they have varied handicaps and abilities. You can also play with two or three, though handicaps may apply.
Most scrambles are set up to be played by "A,B,C,D" players: "A" players are the best and "D" players have the highest handicaps. Groups are paired by handicaps to ensures fairness.

About The Author

Michael Joseph is a golf industry professional in New Jersey. He has worked as a golf professional, instructor, and clubmaker. Joseph's education includes a degree in golf operations management and a certification in club-fitting from The Golf Academy of America (formally the San Diego Golf Academy). Joseph shares his golf experience and knowledge with others by writing articles for Demand Media Studios and

Subscribe Today

Get our best training tips, videos, and tee times deals -- straight to your inbox

Tee Times Deals to your inbox
Join our mailing list today!


Don L.  Scored 92 at  Citrus Springs Dunnellon, Florida

Don L.  Scored 87 at  Citrus Hills, Oaks Hernando, Florida

Don L.  Scored 89 at  Citrus Hills, Meadows Hernando, Florida

David T.  left a review and uploaded photos of Cypress Knolls

Todd D.  just went PRO!

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Backswing Shoulder Turn Watch Video>>

Tee Time Deals

Wednesday, Mar 21 to Monday, Mar 26

Related Articles

Article Image About Golf Handicap

In the early part of the 20th century, the United States Golf Associati...

Article Image About Golf Chip Shots

Learning to chip in golf is a vital part of the game for all golfers. U...

Article Image Why Use Hybrid Golf Clubs?

Hybrid clubs represent one of the biggest steps forward in club design....

Article Image How To Play Vegas

A game of pairings, Vegas is a great option to keep everyone involved f...

Article Image Best Games For A Threesome

Sometimes you just can't scare up a foursome. However, you can still ad...

View All Related Articles