This game was submitted by Dave W. who hails from the Shadow Woods Golf Club in Bonita Springs, FL.


5 + 5 can be played with just a 2-some, but is a favorite multi-team game for the gang at Shadow Wood.

The goal is to accumulate each players 10 best holes to combine in a team score.

Each player picks and records their best five holes over the front nine and five best hole scores over the back nine.  So if you are playing as a two-man team you will record 10 scores (holes) on the front nine and 10 scores (holes) on the back nine for a total of 20.    Four-man teams record 20 holes on front and 20 holes on back.  Etc. 

The team with the lowest total scores wins the pot.

Possible Variations:

  • A variation that adds a strategic element to this game would be for the individual/team to commit to use, or not use a score, after each hole prior to teeing off on the next hole.
  • If you have teams of various size teams (like groups of both 3 and 4) you can divide the final score by the number of players to establish a fair total.
  • Mix up gross and net.  Perhaps play net on front, then gross on back.  Or Net on the even holes and gross on the odd holes.
  • Play it like a Nassau with the pool being paid out for the winner on the front, winner on the back and winner with the best total score.
  • If you have teams of various size teams (like groups of both 3 and 4) you can divide the final score by the number of players to establish a fair total.

Dave’s notes:

The captain can decide on the master scorecard to expedite the process.  You obviously want to use each person’s five lowest scores when picking after the round.  That’s easy to do.  It becomes a little trickier if you are playing the variation where you have to commit hole by hole, then it can become more of a group discussion and decision process, usually led by the captain.  For example, if I just got a net par on an easier hole, but some tough holes are coming up and I am running out of time to get my 5 holes in, I may want to use the par as a safety precaution, even though I would prefer to card a birdie on a upcoming hole where a boogie is highly likely.