5 thoughts on “Golf Games: Foursomes or Alternate Shot”

  1. Bert’s question reminded me of why we play Foursomes and/or Scottish Foursomes occasionally.  I have a chance to play a lot of golf.  So the occasional round played in a format other than medal play is not that great a sacrifice for me.  If one only has an opportunity to play once or twice a month, I can the objection to a format where one does not play their own ball.

    A benefit of these alternate formats becomes apparent when one plays with the grandkids or non-regularly golfing spouse.  These formats speed up play without completely marginalizing the inexperienced player.  Get two regular golfers paired with two inexperienced golfers and the competition can be quite spirited.

    Finally, there is a time and place for these formats.  If I am playing Shepherd’s Hollow for the first time, no way am I using anything other than medal play.  Sunday afternoon at a Metro Park I have played 100 times before, bring it on.

  2. our club offers 70 and older members to play from the red tees while the remainder of the club play from the whites. The “penalty” for this is 2 strokes off the handicap. We also play 2 man best ball tournaments. The maximum handicap differential is set at 8 strokes. If a team has a differential over 8 ( palyer A is a 10 and player B is a 26 (24 from red ) we make thenm play as 10 and 18. It has been brought to my attention that the player who is playing from the red tees still has an advantage because an 18 from the whites is still an 18 and some feel the red tee player should lose his 2 strokes. Is there anything in the rule book to cover this? Thanbks


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