Tournament Style Events
If you’re planning an event, attract and delight participants with Kohler’s award-winning courses. The tournament division staff at Blackwolf Run & Whistling Straits can help you plan a variety of tournament-style events, specialty games and contests.
Stroke Play – Each golfer plays his or her own ball throughout the round and keeps score accordingly. If desired, these scores can be adjusted by using handicaps.
Match Play – Each golfer plays his or her own ball throughout the round. In match play, the game is played by holes. The side/golfer that holes its ball in the fewest strokes wins a hole. In a handicap match, the lower net score wins the hole.
Scramble – A scramble is a great team event. On every hole, each member of the team may hit a tee shot. The team determines the best shot, and then all team members hit from that location. Players repeat this procedure until the ball is holed out, record a team score, and then move to the next hole. Scramble variations are available to suit any group's desires.
Best Ball – The best-ball format combines elements of stroke play with team competition. A typical best-ball tournament involves four-person teams in which each participant plays his or her own ball and records the best score for the team. This can be done in a multiple best-ball format by recording the two or three best scores. If desired, these scores can be adjusted by using handicaps.
Skins Game – The basic format for "Skins" is one in which the winner (individual or team) is awarded a "Skin" for the lowest score on each hole. If desired, these scores can be adjusted by using handicaps. There can be no ties in this game, and it is possible to have as many as eighteen "Skins" awarded. A "Skin" is usually exchanged for a monetary award.
Specialty Games and Contests
Long Drive – In a long drive contest, the winner is the player who hits his or her ball the farthest in a single stroke, while keeping the ball in the fairway. Men and women may compete separately or play against each other, taking advantage of the placement of different tee grounds to level the playing field.
Closest to the Pin – This usually occurs on the par-3 holes, and players try to hit their ball closest to the hole in a single shot from the teeing ground. The ball must come to rest on the green in one stroke, and the player whose ball is closest to the hole wins. Men and women may compete separately or play against each other, taking advantage of the placement of different tee grounds to level the playing field.
Longest Putt – In a longest putt contest, the winner is the player who makes the longest putt in a single stroke, while putting from the green. Men and women may compete separately or play against each other.