Ultimate List Of Side Golf Games You Can Enjoy With Family And Friends

1457: The birth of modern golf.

Scotland: Birthplace of golf as we know it today.

25,950,000: The number of Americans who played golf in 2017

2 Million: Number of people employed by the American golf industry.

The popularity of golf is a sure indicator of the beauty and fun of the game. Here is a list of golf games you can play with family and friends – just for fun on the course, of course.

Acey Deucey

Aim:

Be the Ace, avoid being the deuce.

Rules:
  • Requires 4 players.

  • The ace or the player with the lowest score on a hole gets 2 points from each of the other 3 players.

  • The deuce or player with the highest score loses 1 point to the other 3.

  • Ties are carried over to the next hole.

  • The ultimate ace is the winner with the most points at the end of the round.

Bingo, Bango, Bongo!

Aim:

Be the first to get on the green, closest to pin, and first to hole.

Rules:
  • Hit the ball.

  • First on the green gets a point – bingo.

  • Once on the green, closest ball to the pin gets a point – bango.



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Wolf

Aim:

Be the player with most points.

You need four players for this particular game. All players play independently. The goal is to be the player with the most points at the end of the round.

Rules:
  • 4 players are required.

  • The last player to tee off is the wolf.

  • Order rotates every hole so that each player becomes the wolf.

  • Wolf can decide to pick a teammate from the other player’s or play as a “lone wolf”.

  • Only the best score of each team is used on every hole.

Scoring:
  • Wolf and partner get 2 points each if they win the hole.

  • If other players win the hole, they get 3 points each.

  • Lone wolf gets 4 points if he/she wins.

  • If lone wolf is beaten by any player, everyone else gets a point.

Round Robin

Aim:

Emerge as the winner despite having 3 different partners every 6 holes (and win a bet if you decide to spice things up).

Rules:
  • Requires 4 players.

  • Rotate partners every 6 holes.

  • Each 6 hole stretch is a separate bet.

Scoring:
  • Use any scoring format in 6’s.


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Alternate Shot / Foursomes

Aim:

Can be played as a stroke or match play.

Rules:
  • Played by two teams of two.

  • One team tees off on odd numbered holes while the other tees off on even numbered holes.

  • Teams then alternate shots until the ball is in the hole.

Rabbit

Aim:

Capture the rabbit.

This is done by being the first player to have a low score on a hole.

Rules:
  • First person to have the lowest score on the hole captures the rabbit.

  • If another player gets the lowest score on the next hole, the rabbit is set free, otherwise original player keeps the rabbit.

  • There are no ties in rabbit.

Las Vegas

Aim:

Get the highest score and win the differential.

Rules:
  • Requires 2 teams of 2 players.

  • Team scores are paired at the end of each hole, lowest player’s score first and then other player’s score placed at the end. For example, a score of 4 and 5 makes 45.

  • At the end of the game, winning team can be paid the difference between the scores.


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Best Ball / Four Ball

Aim:

Have the lowest score at the end of a hole, and ultimately, the game.

Rules:
  • Requires 2 people per team.

  • Each team member plays their own ball.

  • Lowest score for the team is recorded, the higher score is discarded.

Skins

Aim:

Win the skin by having lowest point on the hole.

Rules:
  • Assign point value (or cash to spice things up) to each hole.

  • Lowest score on the hole wins the skin.

  • In case of a tie, the skin carries over to the next hole.

Nassau

Aim:

Have the lowest score on the 3 levels of the bets so you win the cash!

Rules:
  • Requires 4 players

  • Nassau is broken up into 3 bets – low front nine score, low back nine score, and total low score.

  • Player can win one or all bets.

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How To Clean Your Air Hockey Table So It Lasts Longer

An air hockey table is the perfect addition to any game or recreation room. The game is an arcade classic that anyone can pick up and enjoy.

However, failing to keep an air hockey table clean can dramatically affect the longevity and enjoyment of your air hockey table.

Luckily, keeping your air hockey table clean is an easy process and the results can be seen for years to come. Here’s how to clean an air hockey table.

How Do Air Hockey Tables Work?

Before you can effectively understand how to clean an air hockey table you need to have a complete understanding of how an air hockey table works.

Each table is built symmetrically with perfectly aligned holes drilled through the playing surface. An air pump pushes a steady stream of air through these holes which creates a frictionless playing surface for the puck to travel. This gives the illusion of a puck travelling on slippery ice.

Dirt, grime, and debris can affect the playing surface in a variety of ways.

Keeping a clean air hockey table can ensure that every game is as good as the last. Plus, your friends won’t have any excuses when you beat them!

Gather Your Materials and Tools

Before you dive into cleaning, make sure you have everything you need ready and within reach. This will make the total cleaning process very quick and convenient.

You won’t need much to get your air hockey table as clean as the day you set it up. All you need is:

  • a vacuum cleaner

  • a damp cloth

  • a towel

Easy enough, right?

Let’s get into the cleaning process now so you can get back to playing sooner rather than later!

No Elbow Grease Required

An air hockey table is often made of a thin sheet of wood or plastic. When in doubt, lighter is better while cleaning your air hockey table.

First, turn on the air pump. This will prevent any additional dirt, dust, or debris from getting into the holes and blocking the air flow while you are cleaning.

Now, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any dirt or dust that may be present on the playing surface.

If possible, remove any attachments that require contact with the playing surface. Hover the vacuum hose over the playing surface as close as you can without touching. Pick up as much dirt and dust as you can.

The next step is to use a damp cloth.

Be sure you have chosen a non-abrasive cloth for this job. Leave the steel wool under your kitchen sink for this cleaning. Gently run the damp cloth across the playing surface to pick up any dirt or dust that was left behind by the vacuum cleaner. Be sure to get the corners of the air hockey table as clean as possible. This will allow the pick to travel around the edges of the playing surface more easily and make the game much more smooth and fun.

Finally, dry off the playing surface with a towel.

This is especially important if you want to start playing again right away. Drying up any leftover water is also helpful in preventing dust from sticking to the playing surface as it settles.

You’re done cleaning your air hockey table. Turn off the air pump if you aren’t planning on playing right away. Otherwise, grab your paddle and jump right in.

Save Stress with Regular Cleaning

Just like you probably vacuum your home more than once a year, you should also clean your air hockey table on a regular basis.

The cleaning process can be done very quickly and the few minutes required to clean your air hockey table can go a long way in preventing issues like clogged air holes.

If you leave your cleaning until the dirt and dust has built up quite a bit then you may find that your cleaning process takes a lot longer than a few minutes and it may be almost impossible to remove some blockages without further maintenance.

If you have invested in this fun game for your home then you’ll want to make sure your investment lasts for years to provide plenty of entertainment. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it. A little bit of effort will go a long way in making sure your air hockey table works like new for a long time now that you know how to clean an air hockey table.

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