Best Games for a Threesome

By Contributing Writer


Sometimes you just can't scare up a foursome. However, you can still add a little side interest to your round with one of these traditional threesome golf games - Wolf, Niner and Bingo Bango Bongo.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Wolf
Allow each player to hit off the tee. Select the second longest of the three drives, wherever it lands. That player is named the wolf and the remaining two players become wolf hunters.
Step 2
Complete the hole with each player using his ball. Take the score of the wolf (assessed against handicap) and double it. Take the combined net scores of the hunters. Compare the two results. If, the wolf wins the hole, he gains two points. If the hunters win, they each collect one point. Otherwise, no blood.
Step 3
Carry those points to the next hole when there is no blood. Since the wolf can gain two points but the hunters only a single point each on anyone hole, the goal on carry-over holes is to become the wolf.
Step 4
Establish honor off the tee by the net score on the previous hole.
Step 5
Determine the wolf by the person that is the second-closest to the pin after the first shot on a par-three hole.
Step 6
Tally all points at the end of the round.
Step 1
Niner
Play as traditional stroke play. All players drive and play their own ball until it is in the cup.
Step 2
Use handicaps and award the person with the lowest net score for the hole five points. Award the person with the second lowest net score three points. Award the person with the worst net score one point (total of nine points on every hole).
Step 3
Award each player three points (total of nine) if all three players tie.
Step 4
Break down the scoring. If two players tie for top honors, award each four points and the remaining player one point for worst score (again, a total of nine points). For a winner and two ties for second, award the points as five, two and two.
Step 5
Tally all points at the end of the round.
Step 1
Bingo Bango Bongo
Tell all players that for Bingo, Bango, Bongo, three points are available per hole.
Step 2
Use traditional golf etiquette. The player furthest from the hole always plays next. Honor off the tee is based upon player gross from prior hole.
Step 3
Award the first person on the green one point regardless of how many hits it takes to get there.
Step 4
Award the person closest to the hole after every player is on the green (again regardless of the number of shots) one point.
Step 5
Award the player who is in the hole first (the longest holed putt) one point.
Step 6
Tally all points at the end of the round.

Tips & Warnings

 
For fairness, Wolf and Niner are best for players with established handicaps. However, if all three players are willing, the games can be played using player gross scores.
 
Be careful about suggesting Bingo Bango Bongo. Given the scoring mechanism, the game is not popular with serious players.

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Eric E.  Scored 92 at  Arrowhead Littleton, Colorado

Eric E.  Scored 86 at  Deer Creek Golf Club At Meadow Ranch Littleton, Colorado

Eric E.  Scored 90 at  Highlands Ranch Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Eric E.  Scored 86 at  Monument Shadows Gering, Nebraska

Eric E.  Scored 92 at  The Prairie Club, Dunes Valentine, Nebraska

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