Great Games To Play On Your Golf Holiday

So, you’ve booked your golf holiday, you’re excited and looking forward to some golf in the sun. Do you play Matchplay, Strokeplay or Stableford? Well, how about something completely different! We have put together a list of alternate formats to enjoy on your next golf holiday.

Here is a quick list for you to read through:

  • Split 6’s
  • Casino
  • Reverse Mulligans
  • Battle Golf
  • Bingo Bango Bongo
  • Daytona
  • Yellow Peril
  • Portuguese Caddie

You can find more information on each game below.

Split 6’s

A great version of Match Play if you are in a 3-ball on your golf holiday. There are 6 points up for grabs each hole, you simply divide the 6 points by the outcome of the hole. For instance if all 3 players score a nett par then the 6 points would be divided by 3, giving each player 2 points. If Player A scores a nett birdie and Players B & C score a nett par then Player A would gain 4 points, and players B&C would score a point each. If Player A scores a nett birdie, Player B Scores a nett par and Player C scores a nett bogey then Player A would receive 4 points, player B would receive 2 points and player C would receive 0 points. Split 6’s are usually played off full handicap and keep all 3 players interested, as even if you are having a poor round on your golf holiday you can still influence the score of the other two players.


Looking for a high stakes game on your golf holiday? Try Casino! The game is played between two players and is very simple. If player A scores a 4 and player B scores a 5 then player B owes player A 54p. This can soon add up over a number of holes and really keeps your mind on the game as you try and avoid a 9 or worse!

Reverse Mulligans

If you find yourself in a 4 ball on your next golf holiday, split yourself into two pairs. Each player has one “reverse mulligan” they can use. If your opponents hit a great shot to 3 foot you can use your “reverse mulligan” and make them play the shot again, with the 2nd ball being the one in play! “Reverse Mulligans” can be used anywhere, from the tee, fairways or greens. They key is knowing when to use your one “Reverse Mulligan” at the right time!

Battle Golf

Great fun to play on your golf holiday. Battle Golf is played alongside match play, however upon winning a hole you can remove any club from your opponents bag which they can no-longer use (putters excluded). If your opponent wins a hole they can take their own club back or select one of yours!

Bingo Bango Bongo

A great game to keep all players interested on their golf holiday, no matter how badly they are playing! There are 3 points on offer each hole :

Bingo – The first player to hit the green gets the point (great for the shorter drivers in the group)

Bango – The closest to the pin once ALL the balls from the group are on the green gets a point

Bongo – The first player to hole out gets a point (must not play out of turn!)


Best played in Fourballs. Each team of two add their scores together, so if they both had fours the score is 44. If the scores were different then the scoring depends on how you fared to par. If one of you got a par or better you would take the lower score first. For example a 4 and 6 on a par 5 scores 46. If you are both over par, say on a par three, then you take the higher score first giving 64. The lowest score wins!

Yellow Peril

Great for larger groups, split into teams of 3 or 4. Each team is given a yellow golf ball which rotates around the group, this can be each hole, or every 3 holes etc…The best 2 scores on each hole count for the team score, one of which must be the yellow ball. Talk about pressure on your next golf holiday!

Portuguese Caddy

Each player is allowed to kick their ball out of trouble etc. Usually the number of kicks allowed relates to the number of strokes you would usually receive for your handicap! A great fun alternative for your next golf holiday.

Do you know any more great formats? We would love to hear what worked well for your group on your last golf holiday or social game! Let us know!

Looking for somewhere to try out these great formats? Check out our Algarve Golf Holiday Special Offers or Murcia Golf Holiday Special Offers.


Geoff Robinson
January 25, 2017
We frequently play Split Six but is it match play or strokeplay?
    Corrie Renton
    February 7, 2017
    We think it's match play for 3 people!

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