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How"d You Like to Tee Off For Your Round of Golf Today?

There are quite a number of different ways to play what is essentially the simple game of golf with many people creating their own variations in order to overcome what they see as shortcomings in the traditional approach.
The most widely played version of the game is known as stroke play and it's what you are most likely to see on TV should you watch tournaments being played throughout the world.
In this version of the game you basically add or subtract points from your score depending on how close you are to the par score for each hole that you play.
For example of the first hole is a par 4 and it takes 5 shots for you to complete it you are said to be at +1, now if you are able to only take 3 shots on the next hole and it is a par 5 then you are able to subtract 2 points from you score of +1 putting you on -1 overall.
And so this continues for the duration of the round with the overall goal being to be as far into the negative numbers as possible once the round has finished.
While stroke play is the favourite of many tournaments it can be a little low on excitement and hard on the brain if you are just playing in a match with some friends instead of in a large group.
In this scenario you could easily play a variation of the games called skins which involves the winner of each individual hole being awarded a skin and the person who wins the most holes over the course of the day becoming the overall winner.
To make things more interesting you can add money into the mix either on a per hole or pot basis, each hole can be worth a cash value or you can all put money into a pot at the start to be divided among all the skins winners at the end of the round.
Neither of the approaches above is likely to be that interesting to children but thankfully there are a couple of other types of golf that you can play with them to build some interest.
The more realistic is known as pitch and putt where you play on a shortened version of a golf course and the goal is to take just one shot to get onto the green (which sounds easy but sometimes isn't) followed by putting until the ball is in the whole (most holes are par 3).
A more fun orientated alternative is called crazy or mini golf where you spend the entire game on a green (of sorts) but your hazards are made up of any number of strange obstacles in many cases based on a theme.
It can be a great treat for the entire family either during a holiday or just as part of a weekend's entertainment and it can teach some useful skills for the longer versions of the game.
Mini golf is obviously not likely to help your children become golf pros but you'd be surprised how often it can build an interest in the longer versions of the game leading them to pick up a proper club and ask to come to the range with you next time you go.

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