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Fun Golf Outing Games Part 2 - Using the Course

Keith Moehring
May 16, 2024
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In a previous post, we listed 10 fun golf outing hole games that can also make you money. Well, we're back with some more, and this time, we are using the course itself to help. 

This round of ideas was inspired by the Masters. Specifically, the water skipping hole that John Rahm aced. Here's the video for those who missed it (or want to watch it for the 100th time, like me). 

Bring some of extra fun and excitement to your golf event using some of the course-feature-inspired ideas below. 

Water Hazard Skipping Challenge

Let's start with the water skipping because I desperately want to try to do it on purpose. Here's how to set it up:

  • Choose a water hazard with a clear line of sight that is not in the path of outing play.
  • Golfers attempt to skip their ball across the water to reach the other side or get the highest number of skips (like you would a rock). 
  • Reward golfers who make it across the lake with at least 2 or 3 skips, or keep count of the most skips and award prizes after the round. 
  • Provide cheap balls for participants to use because no one will want to use their own.

Bunker Bullseye

The best (or worst) thing about bunkers is the ball doesn't roll. Test a golfer's true shot accuracy with Bunker Bullseye. Here's how it works: 

  • Place a small ring or target on one end of a bunker and set up a chipping area in the grass on the other end. 
  • Invite golfers to try to chip their golf ball into the target. This is a fun challenge because their aim has to be spot on. There is no roll to help. 
  • Award a prize to any golfer who lands their ball in the target. 
  • Keep rakes handy to keep the playing surface smooth. 

Tree Channel Chipping

Test a golfer's gap-shooting skills when danger lurks on either side. Tree channel chipping requires golfers to hit through a narrow gap in a cluster of trees to land their ball in a target on the other side. Here's how to set it up:

  • Find a cluster of trees and look for a spot with a narrow channel that's about 10 to 15 yards long.
  • Set up a target on the other side of the trees.
  • Anyone who lands it in the target area wins. 
  • You may consider using a tennis ball instead of a golf ball to avoid that one idiot hitting the ball too hard and the ball ricocheting off a branch and hurting someone. 

Cart Path Putting 

They say some greens are so fast it's like putting on blacktop. (Honestly, no one has ever said that, but it makes for a nice intro for the next game.) If you're playing a course with paved cart paths, invite golfers to test their putting skills on actual blacktop (see).

  • Draw a small circle with chalk on a paved cart path, and then draw a line about 15 feet away. If possible, sweep the area between the line and the target to get loose gravel out of the way. 
  • Golfers attempt to putt a ball from the line with the goal of stopping it inside the circle.
  • If a golfer does stop their ball in the circle, they win a prize. 
  • You should have a couple balls and a spare putter handy in case a golfer doesn't want their equipment scuffed up. 

Bush Flop Shots

We all dream of hitting that beautiful flop shot where a full swing sends the ball in a high, tight arc, clearing a tall obstacle and then landing softly right next to the pin, drawing a roar from the crowd. Give your golfers that chance with this game. Here's how to set it up:

  • Find a tall bush or medium-sized evergreen tree with a clear area on either side. Make sure one side has taller, thicker grass because that allows for the best flop shots. 
  • Place a target (e.g., hula hoop) on the other side of the bush.
  • Golfers attempt to flop their ball over the bush and land it as close to the target as possible.
  • Land it in the hula hoop and win a prize. 

Entry Fee and Prizes

Incorporating these creative challenges into your charity golf event will not only add an element of fun and excitement but also provide additional fundraising opportunities. 

Consider charging a participation fee to compete in these challenges, and then if a golfer wins, they get double their money back. If you go this route, give the people managing these games the option of adjusting the difficulty to lower the odds of winning. If more golfers are winning than losing, this could prove costly. 

Remember, the key to success is to keep the challenges fun, accessible, and well-equipped with plenty of spare balls for participants. Get creative with your unique course features and watch as your charity golf event becomes the talk of the town!


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