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Golf Derby

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, September 12th, 2005
Categories: Miscellaneous

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Ever heard of or played in a golf derby? I’ve done a few and I just did another one last week. They are very fun. Here’s what you do:

You can determine the length of the derby but it will usually be 9 holes. The goal is to eliminate players through the round so that there are two left on the final hole. Ties are broken with a chip off. Players participating in the chip off are not allowed to watch the other players chip. The farthest player from the hole in the chip off loses the tie. The winner of the last hole is the derby champ.

All the players in the derby tee off on the first hole. When the players get on the green, the closest players putt out first. Chip off if needed to determine who is eliminated.

So say you start out with 18 players on the first hole. You have 3 birdies, 9 pars and 3 bogeys. You want to eliminate 2 players on the first hole. The bogeys would have a chip off and the farthest from the hole of the three would be eliminated. Say on hole two the whole group pars. You all chip off and the two who are farthest out are eliminated. You proceed through the holes until you’re down to the final two on the last hole.

It is quite fun. You get to see the whole flight or club or tournament players drive and hit shots. It is also quite fun to watch 10 or more golf carts driving down the fairway at the same time.

I’m sure there are different ways to doing a derby but this is the one I’m familiar with.

One response to “Golf Derby”

  1. Eat Golf says:

    AKA horse race. I’ve never played in one but might have a chance to next month. Imagine bombing a drive down the middle on the first hole with 17 other golfers watching – I can’t wait!

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