Anyone and everyone who golfs obviously enjoy doing so, but if you want to have more fun while out on the golf course, or get the family more involved in playing together.
Let’s face it, even the avid golfer could learn to cut loose and try something new on the course. On that note, here are ten ways to have fun when playing golf:
1. Play a game.
Why not spice things up a bit and play a game that will make things more interesting. There are some fantastic games on the market and some really fun games that won’t cost you a penny extra like Bingo Bango Bongo, best ball or even match play.
2. Leave some clubs at home.
Next time you go out, try taking a few clubs out of your bag (try leaving your 5, 7 & 9 irons in the car). A limited bag forces you to think differently about how to manage the course and will challenge you to think creatively. You may actually find that you develop some new skills that can help you in your regular rounds as well, which is always a plus.
3. Switch to Match Play.
By switching from stroke play to match play, you’ll speed up the rounds. In match play, each hole becomes its own separate battle and if you’re playing with people who are honest about their handicaps, the lead can very easily switch 4 or 5 times throughout a match. Instead of an 18-hole marathon, you’ve now got 18 holes that are equally important.
4. Team up.
Even though golf is inherently and individual sport, there is something magical that happens when you form a team. The concept that you’ve got someone relying on you and someone to help pick up the slack when you fall apart adds a whole new level of interest and fun to the game. Team best ball is a format that works really well for most foursomes. The beauty is that while you get to play your own ball, you’ve also got a teammate to help push you to victory.
5. Make up your own rules.
The USGA might just hate us for this one, but we’ll risk it. When you’re playing a casual round of golf, there is no reason why you have to stick to the USGA rulebook. Why not invent a few of your own rules? Breakfast balls become guaranteed, fluffing your lie can be encouraged and all putts can certainly be good within 4 feet. Get creative and form your own governing body – don’t worry, we won’t tell the USGA. 😉
6. Crank the tunes.
The thought of blasting some classic rock from your cart may not appeal to golfers of the stuffier variety, but adding a little background music to your round is an instant mood lifter. When music is playing, people instantly become looser and more relaxed, which is not only great for your game, but it’s great for your social life. There are some awesome small Bluetooth speakers on the market that are perfect for golf and push comes to shove, your smartphone works just fine.
7. Put a little cash on it.
Let’s just get this out in the open; we are not advocating high stakes gambling. However, if you’re so inclined, making a little side bet will definitely help make your round more interesting. The great thing is that it doesn’t have to be high-stakes to be fun. Put a quarter per hole on it for match play or have the loser buy the round after the match. Whatever the stakes are, make sure that it’s something that you’re entire group is truly comfortable with and then go forth and dominate!
8. Play fewer holes.
You may not know this, but playing a full 18 holes is not a requirement. There are some days where you may be pressed for time or you just don’t feel up to playing the full course. There’s no shame in just playing 9 or 12 holes. The good news is that when you play fewer holes, you still get to enjoy some time on the course, but you’ve freed up several hours to do other things like spend time with your kids or attack that “honey-do” list that’s been hanging on the fridge for weeks.
9. Ditch the cart. Get a CaddyTrek.
Walking is awesome and is one of golf’s best kept secrets. Something like 85% of rounds in the U.S. are now played with a cart and we think that’s kind of a shame. Not only is walking great for your health, it also gives you a chance to experience the course in a whole different way. And contrary to popular belief, walking the course doesn’t actually take more time than riding in a cart. Having a CaddyTrek to carry your golf clubs around allows you to focus on just playing golf and having fun!
10. Stop keeping score.
Yep, we said it. Stop. Keeping. Score. Just go out and hit the ball and have some fun with your friends. Use the time on the course to catch up and appreciate great shots. You probably won’t want to go without keeping score for every round, but every now and then, why not go out and just enjoy the sunshine, your friends and this great sport we call golf?