Scramble Golf Rules: 7 Fun Golf Games

scramble golf rules

Scramble golf rules turn a traditional round of golf into a fun, steady moving game perfect for large groups and players of all ages and skill levels. 

If you need some ideas for fun group activities, family reunion activities, or free team building activities, you should consider a game of scramble golf.

I love golf, but…

It can be:

  • frustrating for players who are new to the game
  • difficult for beginners and children
  • intimidating for those unfamiliar with the basic golf rules and etiquette
  • tiring or boring for many because a typical round of golf for recreational players can take 4-5 hours

Scramble golf addresses all of these issues.

Scramble golf is appropriate for kids, and the scramble golf rules are simple enough to be understood by most players. Scramble golf allows players to work together as a team while taking advantage of the strengths of each player, and it's a game that can be played a lot faster than a normal round of golf. 

Scramble Golf Rules
7 Fun Scramble Games

1. Scramble

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  • Divide players into teams of 2,3, or 4 players.
  • All players tee off on each hole, and the players decide which shot is the best one. 
  • All other players pick up their balls, and everyone goes to the location of the chosen ball.
  • All players hit their balls from this spot, and then everyone decides which shot is best.
  • Play continues in this manner until the ball is holed.
  • Once the ball gets on the green, the procedure is the same. Every player putts from the spot of the best ball.
  • The team's score is the total number of strokes it takes to put the ball in the hole.

Scramble golf really encourages team building and camaraderie as teammates encourage each other, pull for each other, benefit from each other's strengths, and make up for their weaknesses. All players, no matter their age or experience, can make a positive contribution to their team during the course of a round. 

Here are some variations to the scramble golf rules for some more fun alternative golf games.

2. Texas Scramble

Use the scramble golf rules, but a predetermined number of drives must be used by each member of the team. If you have any beginners on your team, it's usually wise to use their drives early in the round to take pressure off of them for the rest of the game.

basic golf rules

3. Ambrose Scramble

Use the rules for scramble golf with the addition of player handicaps. The net team score is the total number of strokes minus the adjusted handicap. The adjusted, or team handicap, is calculated by adding up the handicaps of all team members and dividing it by two times the number of players on the team.

4. Bramble Scramble

Starts off like a scramble with all players hitting their second shot from the location of the best ball. After the second shot, though, everyone plays their own ball like normal golf until every player puts their ball in the hole. Each team will have 4 different scores. The team score can be the low score of the group or any combination of scores you want to use.

5. Florida Scramble

Use the scramble golf rules, but one player sits out each shot. All players tee off, and the best shot is selected. The player who hit the best shot doesn't get to play the next shot. It's a fun game for helping to give more teammates a chance to get the best shot.

6. Las Vegas Scramble

Before starting the game, assign each member of the team a number from 1-4. At every tee box, all players tee off and then a die is rolled. The drive of the team member who has the same number as the number rolled on the die, must be the ball that is played on that hole. Assuming there are 4 players on a team, if a 5 or 6 is rolled, the team can choose which drive they want to use. After this, the hole is played out like a regular scramble.

7. Reverse Scramble

The opposite of scramble golf rules. All players tee off at each hole, and the worst shot is chosen. All players hit the second ball from the location of the worst ball, and play continues in this fashion until the ball goes in. As you can imagine, this variation requires a lot more strokes and takes a lot longer than a regular scramble. It's a fun way to work on your golf game by forcing you to work on shots that are a little more challenging

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