Ideas for Golf Tournaments

By Chris Joseph

A golf tournament is a great way to raise money for a charitable cause, to give away cash or prizes, or just to have a good time. Making variations to the typical 18-hole round or including other games and contests will make things more interesting. You can use established games or come up with your own ideas.


In addition to playing a round of golf, you could also include skill contests to your tournament. For example, you could hold a contest to see who can sink the longest putt or who can make the most consecutive putts. You could also have a chipping contest to see which player can get closest to the hole. A driving contest will reveal the longest hitter. After all of these events are concluded, each winner can then participate in a Hole-in-One Contest, with the grand prize winner being the player who gets closest to the hole on a single shot.

One-Two-Three Best Ball

This game is played in foursomes. Only the lowest score of the foursome is recorded after the first hole, the two lowest scores are recorded after the second hole, and the three lowest scores of the four are recorded after the third hole. The process starts over on the fourth hole. The winner of the round is the foursome with the lowest score based only on the recorded scores.

Honest John

Honest John requires each player to make an assessment of his own skills before the round begins. All players write down what they think their final score for the round will be, then place a predetermined amount of money into the pot. The winner is the player who comes closest to his guessed score. If holding a charity event, the money can then be donated to the cause.

Night Golf

Make things more interesting and challenging by holding your golf tournament at night. For visibility, use glowing golf balls and strategically place glow sticks throughout the course illuminate certain areas of the course. Playing on or near a full moon on a night forecast to be clear is recommended. 

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