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Well, I'm playing in my first four-man scramble tournament this Friday. The Navy hosts these for almost all holidays and this is the first one I've had the guts to enter (plus the first time I've had co-workers to play with).

Anyway, I'm not really clear on how these tournaments work. Is there a general set of rules that pertain to a "scramble," or are rules determined differently by whomever is hosting the event? I'm just hoping for any tips that might help me make less of a fool of myself.

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Scrambles are great for people of all skill levels.

Basically, the way it works is this:
1. Everyone hits.
2. You choose the best drive, then everyone hits from there.
3. Repeat as necessary until the ball is in the hole.

In other words, everyone drives and your shot is 280 in the fairway, and everyone's in the rough. So you all hit from where your ball is, and suppose Bob's is on the green and everyone else's is in the fringe or bunker. You all putt from Bob's ball. If the second person makes it, you can't do any better, and your team gets a 3.

Sometimes they apply extra rules like "you must use everyone's drive at least once" to prevent people from tagging along and not having their shots count.

The most important tip I can give you is to figure out a good hitting order. A short, straight hitter that gets himself in the fairway is good as a #1 man, because then the rest of you can whale away at the ball trying to fly it way past him, knowing you have one playable shot if you all miss.

Order is particularly important when it comes to putting. The last person to go should be a great putter and one who can easily take advantage of the reads he will get from the first three putts, should they all miss.

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Thanks for that explanation, Erik!

I'll be the guy keeping it straight and short in the fairway. My partners can hit some great, long drives, so I'll let them go swining for the fences, since that is my main weakness. I'll probably also be the best putter.

Sounds like it's going to be a blast. I can't wait.

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I had an absolute blast at the tourney today. There were 125 guys formed into 28 teams. We didn't play great, ended up two-over par with a 72, but we all contributed and hit some good shots.

Prizes were awarded for 1st and 2nd place in two flights. So in reality, 1st, 2nd, 15th and 16th got prizes. The 15th and 16th lowest scoring teams were considered the top of the 2nd flight. Well, guess who tied for 1st place in the 2nd flight? Hahaha! Woohoo! We lost the tie-breaker because whatever hole they chose to use we had a bogey and the other team had a par on, but for my sixth ever round of golf, I'd say the item below is awesome. Makes me wanna go out and play tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after... :)

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Pretty soon you'll be buying blades and toughing out the one point in the handicap index between "4" and "3."

Congratulations. It's great that in this country, even the person who finishes dead in the middle gets a trophy.

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Aron are you in the Navy?My son is in the Subs for the last 14 years currently in Virginia waiting for a New Virginia class Sub.

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