We take an annual summer trip with 8-10 guys. Its pretty relaxed and people are not that interested in a Ryder Cup style event, but people generally want some kind of competition, and we range from scratch to 18 hdcp. We play a low stakes blend of team and individual games—I think everyone won something this year. This was our third year and we hit what works for us as a group—everyone loved the Birdie Challenge (stolen from the NLU guis), it was won by the worst player in the group who dropped a 20 footer on the last hole–lots of yelling followed. Also, we have a trophy (a garden gnome with a club in hand) who goes to the person with the best score that day.
From our group FB page:
…here is the list of games this year. I’ve tried to mix things up with a different format each day. Two days are team events, two days are individual events. The individual event days include some type of handicapping to level things out.
a. Whole trip: Birdie Challenge. Everyone puts a quarter into a pot over for every birdie that gets made over every round played (round dollar amount up to nearest dollar). Last person to make a birdie gets 2/3 of the pot, next to last different person gets 1/3 the pot. Two people tie for last birdie means they split the pot. Get ready to fire at pins on 18 during the last round.
b. Wednesday: 3 man $2 ($6 total) gross Nassau on day one, score two balls.
c. Thursday is Net skins with 1/2 strokes. ($5 buy in), pay top 3
Apply Half Strokes to all Full Strokes:
When this “half stroke” method is used, all full handicap strokes for a player will be converted to half strokes (Each handicap stroke per hole is reduced 50%). This is typically used in skins tournaments to avoid, for instance, a net birdie “knocking out” a gross birdie.
d. Friday is Quota Game: great individual game I’ve been playing this year, one of the better games for balancing out a span of handicaps. Take your handicap, subtract it from 36, and that number gives you your target for the day. bogey=1, par=2, birdie =4, eagle=8. Your goal is to get as far above your quota as possible, highest number above quota wins. $5 buy in, pay top 3 spots
eg: a 10 handicap needs to get to 26 points. For getting a total of 30 points they would receive +4.
e. Sat: 3 man shamble. Everyone on your team hits a drive. Team picks one drive from those three. All three play out their balls from that drive. Score one ball. Must use everyone’s tee shot 2x.