This is a question that my brother asked of me today, for which I couldn't give a satisfactory answer, so I promised him I would ask you all.
The short version of the question is: How do you handicap a skins game for more than two people? (In his case, we are talking about 8 people total)
In a 2 person match of say a 15 and a 18, the 18 would get a stroke on the 3 hardest holes. In a large group playing stroke play, its largely irrelevant where the strokes are given, just that they are there. And as I understand it, when there are more than two, everybody gets the strokes they are entitled to on each hole.
The problem that my brother and his friends are having with this is it means that the 18 is gaining his advantage on the three easiest holes. I told him that I don't know of any other way.
Are there different ways to play handicap skins games with larger groups? If so, are they really complicated?
Thanks in advance for the help!