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How to Play the Nassau Golf Game

By Alan Kirk

Nassau is a scoring variation of golf that awards points for winning each half of the competition, along with the entire competition. The points awarded can be standard for all three categories of scoring or they can be adjusted based on the difficulty of the golf course. The team with the most points at the end of the game of Nassau is the winner.

Form teams of two to four people to play a game of golf. Nassua can be played while individual players compete against each other.

Determine the scoring of Nassau before the game starts. Traditionally, Nassau's scoring method allows one point for the team with the lowest score in the first nine holes, one point for the team with the lowest score in the last nine holes, and one point for the team with the lowest combined 18-hole score. This allows for a total of three points. Another scoring variation involves awarding two points for the team with the lowest overall score and one point for each half of the course.

Total each team's score after nine holes. Award the team with the lowest score one point. If there is a tie, each team involved in the tie receives one point.

Repeat Step three for the second half of the golf course, totalling the team's score for holes 10 through 18. Do not add the team's score for holes one through nine to this total.

Add up the team's total score for all 18 holes. Award the number of points you have determined ahead of time to the team with the lowest score. If there is a tie, use the team's scores from holes 10 through 18 as a tiebreaker. If there is still a tie, use the scores from holes one through nine. If the tie remains, award each team in the tie the points for having the lowest total score.

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