Have you ever brightened up a golf trip by introducing forfeits? Incredible scenery and challenging courses may be important aspects of enjoyable golfing play, but the beauty of golf lies in the banter.
Forcing rules and funny golf forfeits is a great way to make a golfing break that little bit more memorable – and to put an extra ounce of pressure when you’re teeing off.
What are your punishments?
If you’re doing golf forfeits, you need to establish the perfect punishments. Golfers are famed for their ability to put drink away at a remarkable rate, and plenty of golfing forfeits do revolve around booze. Players will pick up ‘tabs’ and be obligated to settle their ‘debts’ at the bar later.
However, we’re keen to promote safe and responsible golf and it is possible to create non-alcoholic forfeits. Why not introduce financial forfeits, with a charity kitty benefitting from golfing failures? Or perhaps the golfer with the worst record has to buy the steak dinners later on? You could even establish a series of embarrassing forfeits to complete if you fail your challenge – whether that’s swimming in the mid-winter sea, playing a hole without any clothes or banning specific clubs. The choice, dear reader, is yours.
Which are the best golf forfeits?
A simple one, this, but very effective. Are you the first player in the bunker? Forfeit. The first in the water? Forfeit. The first to hit a tree? Forfeit. The first to bogey? Forfeit. The first to double bogey? Forfeit. The first to triple bogey? You get the idea.
Want to shake up a round? Try a Bloodsome Scramble, where each golfer drives and marks their effort. However, everyone hits their second shot from the same place as well – wherever the worst shot went. The same happens until you eventually hole out. This is perfect if you like a challenge.
The Portuguese Caddy
Do you find yourself wanting to sabotage your friends’ golf rounds sometimes? Thanks to the Portuguese Caddy rule, you can do just that. Each player is allowed one opportunity during a round to kick an opponent’s ball. Don’t use this special rule lightly – this is a highly tactical tool that can really transform a game.
The Gotcha! rule is a perfect way to build an uneasy anticipation during a golf game. It allows each player one opportunity to shout GOTCHA! during an opponent’s drive in the hope that they’ll shank their first shot wide. However, be careful with this rule – once it’s gone it’s gone and you’ve lost the fear of anticipation too!
The worst putts
Any golfer will tell you that putting can make or break a round. You can do all the excellent approach work you want, but if you haven’t brought your game on the greens then you’ll struggle, big time. Putting is a great way to introduce some forfeits – perhaps a set punishment for the most consecutive missed putts or the easiest shanked putt of the day.
Last, but not least
And finally, there should be forfeits for every ‘last’ that happens on the golf course. For instance, if you’re the last person to find the water, to bogey, or to make a shoddy excuse for a mis-hit shot, you deserve punishment. We think that’s only fair.
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