WGRLQ Event Format Questions

What is a “Scramble” format?

A Scramble is a type of golf tournament that emphasizes fun without the pressure of players keeping individual scores. Each player hits a tee shot on each hole, but everyone plays from the spot of the best tee shot, subject to certain criteria. All players play their second shots from that spot. The best of the second shots is determined, then all play their third shots from that spot, and so on until the ball is holed. Scrambles can be played with 4 person teams or 2 person teams. When played as a foursome, teams are often constructed with an A player, B player, C player and D player, with those players designated based on handicaps. The A player would be the low-handicapper, the D player the high-handicapper.
Many variations of the Scramble are played. One variation includes the required use of each player’s drive 2, 3 or more times during the round. A Step Aside Scramble (also known as a Florida Scramble) is based on the normal Scramble format rules with the exception that the golfer whose ball is chosen for each shot has to sit out the next stroke. A popular version of the Step Aside Scramble requires each player to play the next shot once the ball is on the green.

What is a “Shamble” format?

A Shamble is a type of golf tournament that combines elements of a scramble with elements of regular stroke play. Like a scramble, all members of the team tee off and the best ball of the tee shots is selected. All players move their ball to the spot of the best ball. From this point, the hole is played out as stroke play, with all members of the team playing their own ball into the hole. A Shamble is typically played with full handicaps to make sure weaker players contribute to the team score. A Shamble format is a popular format for guest friendly or new member friendly events.

What is a “Best Ball” format?

In a Best Ball tournament, all members of each team play their own balls on each hole. At the completion of the hole, the lowest score among all team members serves as the team score. Best Ball is typically played with full handicaps. Many variations on the Best Ball format exist and include using 1, 2 or 3 of the “best balls” (i.e., the best score for that hole on a net basis) per team. Another popular variation includes 3 Best Balls on all Par 3’s, 2 Best Balls on all Par 4’s and 1 Best Ball on all Par 5’s. Many other variations exist.