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Understanding the Rules of a Golf Scramble

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A common tournament format, a golf scramble refers to a game played by a four-person team, with each golfer hitting their own ball throughout the match. From the first stroke, each team’s captain decides the best shot, which is then used as the spot for each player to hit from. At the end of the first round, the team takes another stroke, choosing one location to play from. This process is repeated until all holes have been played. Here, Basking Ridge Country Club explains the main rules of a scramble so our members and their guests can be prepared when enjoying this style of play at our golf course.

Behind the Rules and Regulations

Golf scrambles are known for their more relaxed, informal regulations, which can be tweaked depending on the tournament organizer’s preferences. In other words, golf scrambles do not follow an official set of rules. Rather, they share a few common precedents, including:

  • Teams begin matches by teeing off on every hole and then choosing the best tee option, a decision which often comes down to the captain.
  • Second stroke locations are marked for visibility once determined.
  • Each golfer on the team hits their ball from the chosen location and typically continues until achieving the lowest score for the hole.
  • Throughout the green and except in the case of hazards, golfers are permitted to improve their lie by one club length.
  • If the team’s best shot lands on sand, water, or another hazard, they must play from that spot without moving, and players cannot take advantage of a one-club length advantage.

Scoring a Golf Scramble

Generally, just one ball – meaning one score – is accounted for on each hole per team. Then, each hole’s best score is tallied before determining a team’s rating, which is derived from their total best shots. Thus, the lowest total score for the round determines the winner of a golf scramble tournament.

In the event of a tie, tournament organizers step in. They’ll pick a random hole number before utilizing a team’s lowest score for the chosen hole, a process that typically determines the winner. For instance, the fifth hole can be chosen as the tie-breaker. If the tie continues, another hole will be chosen until the tie is finally broken.

Varying Rules for Different Scramble Formats

Because the rules and regulations of a golf scramble are not entirely set in stone, they may vary depending on the type of scramble format chosen for the tournament as well. The different formats may include:

  • Texas scramble: This format differs from the standard because, throughout the series, each team member must contribute a minimum of four drives.
  • Florida scramble: One team member skips every stroke, with the exception of those within each hole’s drive.
  • Las Vegas scramble: This version features a six-sided die, and with each roll at every hole, it is determined which member will take a drive.
  • Bramble: This combines scramble and best ball, beginning with a team scramble and continuing with each player on their own at every hole to follow.
  • Ambrose: Another variation of a scramble, this version adds a team handicap.

Play Your Next Golf Scramble at Basking Ridge Country Club

If you’re located in North-Central New Jersey looking for a private golf course to play all of your future golf scrambles in, look no further than Basking Ridge Country Club. Located in Basking Ridge, NJ, our scenic golf course provides a host of amenities and even assistance for planning a golf outing, like a scramble-style tournament. For more information, contact us today.

Expert Tips on How To Practice Golf In The Winter

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Golfing in spring is a chance to breathe in the fresh air, check out the newest blooms lining the green, and stretch your legs after a long off-season. In summer, golfing is a great way to exercise while you’re soaking up the sun. But when fall turns to winter, chilly temps, sleet, and snow can quickly derail all your plans, leaving you at risk of getting rusty. Instead, check out these tips on how to practice golf in the winter courtesy of the experts at Basking Ridge Country Club. read more…

Tips for Fall Golf in Basking Ridge, NJ

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As the days slowly grow shorter and thoughts of beach vacations and swimsuits drift to pumpkin carving and turkey dinners, one thing is certain: It’s almost time for fall golf! Pack your best clubs, check out these fall golf tips, and book your tee time at Basking Ridge Country Club today. read more…

Driving Range Tips

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Practice makes perfect in any sport, and golf isn’t an exception. One of the best places to practice golf is at a driving range, which many golf courses provide. Professional golfers spend several hours every day practicing to find potential problems in their swing. Practice like a pro with these driving range tips to fix flaws in your swing that may be hurting your game and lowering your golf score. read more…

Drills To Improve Your Golf Game

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Like any game, golf practice drills are a necessary step to help improve how well you play. When you take professional golf lessons, it’s common for your instructor to assign you drills to perform on your own time. Taking golf lessons is an effective way to improve your game, but there are numerous drills you can do yourself that help you become a better golfer. While someone can tell you or even demonstrate how to improve various aspects of your game, practice makes perfect, and drills help you get physically and mentally involved in improving techniques that may be hampering your game. read more…

The Surprising Ties Between Golf and Stress Relief

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For those who love to golf, stress relief is as easy as booking a tee time and showing up. When the days are long and the worries of the “real world” hang heavily, head to Basking Ridge Country Club and find your inner Zen at one of the prettiest, most hospitable places in New Jersey. read more…

Unusual Golf Rules

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Golf may seem like a simple game, but the rules may be more complex than you might realize. In the most simplistic terms, players use a variety of golf clubs to hit a small white ball into a hole in the ground located hundreds of yards away from where you take your first stroke. However, there are several unusual golf rules that can warrant penalty strokes and cause you to lose the game. If you’ve ever read the complete rules of golf, you’ll find numerous rules relating to the game and player conduct. Here are some of the more obscure golf rules you might have overlooked. read more…

How To Unwind After A Day On The Course

elderly man sitting at a table drinking coffee and reading newspaper with golf clubs and course in the background

Basking Ridge Country Club offers private country club membership. Located in Basking Ridge, NJ, our stunning facility is nestled in the beautiful Somerset Hills area and offers premier country club amenities perfect for relaxing after a rousing round of golf on our gorgeous 18-hole course. Because we’re located between Basking Ridge and Bernardsville, you can also take advantage of nearby amenities found in these historic suburbs or head to New York City for some surprisingly relaxing activities. read more…

How To Encourage Your Young Golfer

Tiger Woods’s father, Earl Woods, first introduced his son to golf at the young age of two. At age three, he shot a 48 over 9 holes at the Navy Golf Course. These memorable events marked the beginning of a long and successful career for Woods, eventually leading him down the path of turning pro at age 20. read more…

Keeping Healthy with Golf

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From the scenic views to enjoying the great outdoors, it’s hard to find somebody who doesn’t enjoy the game of golf. And believe it or not, many studies have suggested another added benefit to spending a day on the golf course – positive impacts on your physical and mental health. Here, discover the top health benefits of golf that you can experience at Basking Ridge Country Club. read more…