Golf is defined, in the rules of golf, as “playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.” The underlying principle is fairness. Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it, and if you cannot do either, do what is fair.
Every week We play Nine Holes for both Match Play AND Stroke play. We’ll play other variations on Team event nights.
In match play, two players play each hole as a separate contest against each other. The party with the lower score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is “halved” (or tied). The game is won by the party that wins more holes than the other. In traditional match play events (think Ryder Cup, President’s Cup, etc) the match ends when one player has won more holes by a margin greater than the number of holes that remain. We don’t do that in Men’s League, we play every hole. Every hole is important to remember because it’s a year-long team event based on the total number of holes won.
In stroke play, the score achieved for each and every hole of the round is added to produce the total Gross score, and the lowest total Gross score wins the match. If you’re on the PGA, or in a sanctioned USGA tournament your gross score is the only number that matters. In every other environment, your score is typically adjusted based on your handicap, tee and course to determine your NET score. In Men’s League we use the NET Score each week to determine a LOW NET round and reward that player with cash.
A skins game is a variation on match play where each hole has an amount of money (the “skin”) attached. Massey Men’s league plays a slight variation on this type of game, we only reward the lowest hole score of the entire group, and pay out the prize pool to that person or persons. After entering gross scores, we adjust each hole score by it’s handicap, your handicap and course rating. The lowest single score on any hole wins all of the Skin Money. If there are ties, the money is paid out to all players evenly.
Fourball is defined in Rules 30 and 31, and is played between two teams of two players each, but every player plays their own ball and for each team, the lower score on each hole counts.