The Double Digit Challenge

This is an interesting game for a foursome playing 2 vs 2 teams .

The teams record their scores as a double-digit number at the conclusion of each hole.
Then calculate the difference between each teams score.  The lowest team score gets points equal to the differential.

Here’s an example:

Bob and Tom scored 4 and 5 on the first hole.  That counts as a 45. (lowest score first)

Their opponent’s Dave and Rick scored a 5 and a 6 which counts as 56.

Subtracting the lowest partner score from the higher score represents the number of points won on the hole. e.g. 56 minus 45 = 11 points won.

But wait, there’s more…… An interesting twist comes into play when a team scores a birdie.  If your opponents did not also make a birdie, their score inverts, with the higher digit going first.  That turns the 56 into a 65. The differential between those two scores (65 and 45) is now 20 points.  Boom!

What if someone scores an Eagle?  Simply double the points won for a birdie.  40 points in this example.

Keep a tally of each holes earned points and total them up at the end.

There are options to make it a bet:

1) Assign a dollar value to points

2) Have each player contribute a set amount in “the pot” before the round starts and the point winners get the pot

3) Of course, buying drinks or lunch for the winners after the round always works.

NOTE: If the player’s USGA Handicaps vary by more than 3 or 4 strokes, it’s best to play this game using net scores.