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April 12, 2013

Make Golf Games a Little More Interesting

It’s golf season! Okay, if you’re looking out your window, you probably don’t agree, but with the Masters this weekend and Play Golf Minnesota Week right around the corner, we’re certainly hopeful that we’ll be playing soon. That being said, you may be looking for ways to spice up your weekly round this year, and what better way than to get a little bit of gambling involved? We’ve got a few quick suggestions to liven up your rounds this season.

Bingo-Bango-Bongo: If you’ve spent any significant amount of time around a golf course, you’ve more than likely at least heard of this game. The funny thing is, not all that many golfers actually know what it is! In this ga

Golf club and ball with a Ten Dollar Bill bet

me, one point is awarded for being the first ball on the green (bingo), one point for being closest to the pin (bango), and one point for being first to hole out (bongo). Bingo Bango Bongo is a great game for a group with mixed skill levels, as it provides an opportunity for weaker players to score points just as often as stronger players because all of the scoring happens on the green. The distance of your drive and how many shots it took you to get your approach shot are both completely irrelevant for scoring points.

Snake: Need some practice putting? This is a game that doesn’t allow any “gimmes,” and instead has a pot that accumulates cash for every three-or-more-putt that occurs during your round. Determine before the round how much each player has to put in per hole for a three-putt, then the last player in your group to make a three-putt has to pay the other players the amount in the pot. Now that’s motivation to improve your putting!

Nassau: This is one of the most popular formats for a betting round. In this game, the winner of the front nine gets a prize, the winner of the back nine gets a prize, and the player with the low 18-hole score wins a prize. This is a great game to play side-by-side with another betting game, since prizes or money are only awarded for scores for nine holes and the whole round.

For other betting games that may fit your group’s playing style (or just your own!), check out this Golf Digest article.

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