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What is Foursome golf and how do you play it?


Foursome golf, also known as alternate shot, is a type of golf where two teams of two players compete against each other. On each hole, the partners alternate shots until the hole is completed. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.

Foursome golf is a popular format for both amateur and professional tournaments. It is also a popular way for golfers of all skill levels to play together.

Here is a breakdown of the rules of foursome golf:

  • Teams of two players compete against each other.

  • Partners alternate shots until the hole is completed.

  • The team with the lowest score wins the hole.

  • On the tee, the partners must decide who will tee off first. After that, the partners must alternate shots until the hole is completed.

  • If a player hits the ball out of bounds, the team must take a penalty stroke and play from the spot where the ball last crossed in bounds.

  • If a player hits the ball into the water, the team must take a penalty stroke and replay the shot from the tee.

  • If a player's ball comes to rest on the partner's ball, the partner's ball must be lifted without penalty and placed at the nearest point of relief that is not nearer the hole.

  • The first team to complete the hole with the fewest strokes wins the hole.

Foursome golf is a fun and challenging format that can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. The most well known and thrilling foursome format can be found played during the Ryder Cup tournaments. The unique test of nervous and teamwork makes it an exciting watch for spectator too.

Here are some tips for playing foursome golf:

  • Communicate with your partner. It is important to decide who will hit the next shot and where you want to aim the ball.

  • Be patient. Foursome golf can be a slow format, so it is important to be patient and let your partner play their shot.

  • Be supportive. Encourage your partner and offer them advice when needed.

  • Have fun! Foursome golf is a great way to spend time with friends and family.


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