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Tournament Formats

Golf Outings in Hilton Head, South Carolina | Palmetto Dunes

Choose the format that conforms to how your group prefers to play. Here are a few of the more popular tournament formats, to be used with or without handicaps.


This is the most popular format because it allows golfers with varying handicaps to compete with each other. Each player in the foursome will tee off. The best shot is selected from the four. All players move their ball to this location and play their second shot from that position. This format is followed until the ball is holed. The team score is marked on a scorecard for each hole.

Best Ball

Players play their own ball for the hole and the best score of the foursome is recorded. This can be modified to a two best ball where two scores are recorded. Used with or without handicaps, this is also a popular format for outings.

Individual Stroke Play

This format is often used for competitive golf tournaments. Each player plays his own ball and records his individual scores. This format generally is used with smaller groups that play a more competitive style of golf. In large groups, this format can be slower and sometimes frustrating for inexperienced golfers.

Modified Scramble

This is a good format for golfers who want to play their own ball. It is similar to a scramble, but allows each player to hit a tee shot and then select the best one. Players play their own ball from that location. The best of the four scores is recorded. The format can be used with or without handicaps. This format helps to speed play.

Tournament Services Include:

  • Dedicated Coordinator
  • Heated and Cooled Golf Carts
  • Personalized Cart Signs
  • PA System
  • Pre-printed Contest Signs
  • Customized Rule Sheets
  • Top-of-the-Line Club Rentals
  • Golf Bag Handling by our Player Service Staff
  • Men's and Ladies' locker rooms at the Hills and Jones courses
  • Complimentary Tees
  • Coolers on Each Cart

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