(FAQ) Game Rules – Golf (simplied rules)

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These series of “Game Rules’ provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions – to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

Golf (simplified)

Golf pool is most often seen played on a snooker table, but is also common in pool halls on regular tables. The rules presented here are simplified. If you come across a group playing Golf on a table, make sure you understand their rules before participating.

Object

Play 6, 12, or 18 holes. Lowest score wins the pot.

Hole 1 is right-side head pocket, Hole 2 is left-side head pocket. Holes are counted clockwise to Hole 6 (right side pocket). Standard par is 2.

Track the scores on a whiteboard or piece of paper.

Opponents

Multiple players.

Balls

Cue ball plus each player selects a ball from the rack.

Racking

Each player starts his turn with object ball on the foot spot.

Regular play

Starting player determined by local rules (coin, lag, card draw, etc.)

Object ball on the foot spot, cue ball on the head spot. To start, bank object off the short rail towards Hole 1. The number of shots it takes is his Hole Score which is marked down.

Every player plays for the first hole and marks their score – always starting with the object ball on the foot spot and the cue ball where it lays.

The game continues with Hole 2 as the target pocket and so on around the table (clockwise).

Lowest score wins the pot.

Fouls

Penalty is loss of turn and 3 strokes added to score.

  • No legal shot
  • Ball off the table
  • Scratch
  • Wrong pocket
  • Illegal ball touching (optional – moved balls can be replaced with opponent’s approval and play continues with no penalty)

Scratches must be played from the head spot.

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