Ultimate Foursome Experience

Friday June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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Readers,

You may remember The Ultimate Foursome Experience Sweepstakes that we ran earlier this spring. The Sweepstakes gave away a weekend for four in San Francisco to experience the U.S. Open, as well as a round of golf at Green Hills Country Club. This truly was the Ultimate Foursome Experience, a dream weekend that any golfer would love to be a part of.

Well, as you know, we just wrapped up U.S. Open weekend, so the winners were able to cash in with a weekend in San Francisco. Cleveland Golf was honored to host Tony Black, Craig Black, Rob Mauro and Paul Palmer. The foursome, who all live in New York, flew in on Friday morning and headed straight to Green Hills Country Club. The foursome enjoyed the course thoroughly, Tony claimed “the course was immaculate!” In addition to that, Tony (who won the actual sweepstakes) was thrilled to have his Dad along for Fathers Day weekend. “To come to the U.S. Open is one thing, but to do it with you father…. That is special.”

Saturday meant heading out to the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. If you have not been to San Francisco you may not know this, but the entire city is built on a series of hills. Needless to say, The Olympic Club is not the easiest course to navigate on foot! It is an incredibly scenic course, however, and every hole adds a new wrinkle of difficulty from the previous hole.

Sunday added some extra drama. Graeme McDowell was tied for the lead heading into the final day of the Championship. Our four winners were ecstatic to see a Cleveland Golf/Srixon Staffer atop the leader board. Ultimately, GMac finished T2nd after a drama filled late run and a 25 footer that couldn’t find the hole on the 72nd hole.

Overall it was a great week! We were very happy to share this experience with a great group of guys.

How did you spend your U.S. Open weekend?

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One Response to “Ultimate Foursome Experience”

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    August 04, 2012 at 2:20 am, Baehaky said:

    One easy game is called Bingo-Bango-Bongo. Bingo Bango Bongo is a ponits-based game that can be played by any number of players, from two up. Three achievements are rewarded with a point on each hole. The first player in a group to get his ball on the green gets a point (bingo). The player in the group whose ball is closest to the pin once all balls are on the green gets a point (bango). And the player in the group who is first to hole out gets a point (bongo). Add up the ponits at the end of the game, high ponits wins.Bingo Bango Bongo gives weaker players a chance to earn ponits because what matters is being first at something. For example, all members of the group tee off on a par-4. The player who hit the worst drive (farthest from the hole) plays first, and so has the first shot at winning the bingo point.So, too, with closest to the pin. The best players in the group are likely to be on the green in two (or three on a par-5), while the weakest players might be chipping. The closest-to-the-pin point is only earned once all balls are on the green, so the player who has hacked it up the fairway may be sitting just off the green and chipping giving that player a great chance to pick up the bango point.Because of these factors (and because the first person putting will be the one farthest from the hole), strict etiquette must be enforced. The player who is away always plays first. For a variation, throw into the mix that any player winning all three ponits on a hole wins double ponits. Another game that would work well is Round Robin or Sixes. Round Robin pits the group members against each other, 2 on 2. The catch: Players rotate partners after every six holes so that each member of the foursome, over the course of the round, partners with every other member. Any scoring format for the 6-hole matches can be used, and each 6-hole segment is a separate wager. If at the end of the 18 holes you’ve been on two winning sides and one losing side, you come out ahead. We often play Wolf’. Players rotate being the Wolf. The player designated as the Wolf gets to choose whether to play the hole 1 against 3 (himself against the other three players in the group) or 2 on 2. And if the Wolf chooses to play 2 on 2, he must choose his partner immediately following that player’s drive. Example: Player A is the Wolf. Player B hits a bad drive. Player C hits a pretty good drive. If the Wolf wants C as a partner, he must claim his partner before Player D hits his tee ball.The side with the lowest better ball score wins the hole. If it’s 2 on 2, then the winning side wins the bet. If it’s 1 on 3, the Wolf wins double or loses double. There’s also Lone Wolf, in which the Wolf announces before anyone tees off including himself that he’s going it alone, 1 on 3. On a Lone Wolf hole, the Wolf wins triple or loses triple.

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