PLAYING almostGOLF IS A LOT OF FUN. In fact, it's not that far away from playing Frisbee Golf. There are hundreds of ways to use our ball. These are just a few games you can play to have fun and improve your golf game. If you come up with a new game, don’t hesitate to tell us all about it.
PLAYER NOTE: Remember to always use an almostShag to “reduce neighborhood divot damage”, because the one thing parks, schools and neighbors don’t like are divots and dangerous balls. So when you travel your neighborhood, be a cool by using an off-course safe ball and shag. This way your neighbors will feel safe and secure.
TRADITIONAL PLAY: Traditional golf is pretty much straight forward. You play a hole that is a par 3-4 or 5, which means it takes that many strokes to get the ball in the hole. You count your score up at the end of your round to find out how much over or under you are to par. But we have a few almostGOLF twists. With our ‘traditional’ play, you first need to design your own course. We recommend using only one or two clubs maximum, otherwise play becomes way to slow and who wants to cart around a golf bag.
TARGET GOLF: Target golf is the fastest and simplest game to play if you don’t have a lot of time and/or space. It’s great for backyard parties or picnics. Also remember, it’s a solid way to hone your short game ball striking skills while having fun at the same time.
Target golf can be played with up to four players. Basically you all stand in one area and take turns going for targets around the yard, park etc. Your goal is to score points by hitting the target you’ve chosen. The player who hits the target gets a point. After each ‘hole/challenge’ a new player calls the hole to hit toward and any bonus points available. Targets can be any object from a basket, garbage can, light post, roof of your car or picnic bench etc. You usually play to either 12 or 24 points.
Variations of target golf can also be great fundraisers. You can create a modified hole in one with low to high points scores depending on how close to the hole/object a player lands. What’s great about this modified hole in one model is that everyone can hang out and see all the action. You can create this modified hole in one with groups of players or have everyone rotate through. It all depends on how much space you have and how many players you want to accommodate
TRAVELLING TARGET GOLF: You can also take target golf ‘on the road’. If you have two players, you alternate calling ‘the shot’ and any bonuses. Once you play the hole, your opponent calls the next shot. This way, you can travel around the neighborhood or playing area creating as you play. You can also play a ‘closest to the hole’ type format where the player who gets closest, gets the points. This is a very fast way to play because you are not worrying about putting or chipping out.
ALMOSTGOLF CATCH: Some call this guts. It’s a chipping game and it’s a blast to play if you have two people. Basically the object of the game is to hit your opponent with the ball. (Lightly) This is a fun game to play in a confined area of less than 30 yards.
Basically the game goes like this. You play with a wedge and stand about 20 yards away from one another. When the first player hits, if he/she misses, the receiving player must now hit from where the ball landed. This means there can be a great deal of strategy when a player either fluffs a shot and now can score from closer range or a player gets put in a corner where they do not have much of a shot because of obstructions. Scoring is generally 12 or 24 points depending on how much time you have. You can also play an easier modified version where you get points for landing within one club length of the player.
Once you start playing catch you will discover all kinds of strategies. It’s also great for developing your short game skills. It’s important to note that you can’t move when the ball is going to hit you. (don’t worry, it won’t hurt) Also, this game is not designed to be played with long irons or hard shots. You want to have fun, not try and hurt the other player.