Shamble Format

The shamble format, not to be confused with the ubiquitous golf scramble, is also popular in charity golf tournaments that are looking to shake things up a bit.  Shambles usually consists of a 4 person team, where total scores for the hole (and round) are tracked to determine the winning team.

 

# of players Single or Team play Uses Handicap?
players teams hcp
2 to 4 Teams Yes or No

 

THE RULES

  • Assuming a 4 person team, each team member plays their tee shot on each hole.
  • The best of the 4 tee shots (as determined by the team) is marked and all 4 players get to play their 2nd shots from that location.
  • Each team member is then responsible for playing their own ball the remainder of the hole until they hole out.
  • The best individual score is recorded for the team.
  • This process continues through the rest of the holes and an overall score for the team is posted.
  • If using golf handicaps, each player gets to deduct their handicap on the holes where they receive shots.

EXAMPLE

SCORES
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Adam 4 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 5
Phil 4 4 5 - 6 3 4 4 5
Rory 5 4 6 - 5 4 6 5 5
Luke 5 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 5
Team Score 4 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 5
  • Adam, Phil, Rory, and Luke are on a 4 person shamble team and playing the 1st hole shown in the scorecard above.
  • Rory’s tee shot is dead straight in the fairway, whereas the rest of the group are in worse positions.
  • The team decides to use Rory’s tee shot.  Shown in purple below.

scramble

  • The remaining tee shots are as follows:

Adam

  • Shot #2: hit it onto the green.
  • Shot #3: putted to the hole and left it short.
  • Shot #4: tapped in.

Phil

  • Shot #2: hit it onto the green.
  • Shot #3: putted to the hole and hit it long.
  • Shot #4: tapped in.

Rory

  • Shot #2: hit it into the greenside bunker.
  • Shot #3: hit it onto the green 20 feet away.
  • Shot #4: putted to the hole and left it short.
  • Shot #5: tapped it into the hole.

Luke

  • Shot #2: hit it into the water.
  • Shot #3: penalty stroke.
  • Shot #4: hit it onto the green next to the hole.
  • Shot #5: tapped it into the hole.

The team scores a 4 on the hole, due to Adam and Phil both scoring a 4.