Appendix L: Scramble Competition Guidelines
In a Texas Scramble all play from the teeing area on each hole, one of the tee shots is selected and all play their second shots from that spot. One of the second shots is then selected, and all play their third shots from that spot, and so on until the ball is holed. A minimum number of tee shots of each team member must be used, usually 3 or 4 in teams of 4.
Where to Play the ball from
- In parts of the General Area cut to fairway height or less: place within 12 inches, no nearer the hole
- Elsewhere in the General Area, Penalty Areas & Bunkers: drop within 1 club length, no nearer the hole in accordance with Rule 14.6 (b)
- When Preferred Lies are in operation in the whole General Area or in Bunkers: place within 12 inches, no nearer the hole
- On the Putting Green: place within 6 inches, no nearer the hole
The strokes received by each player are calculated to the nearest 0.01 and added to give the total strokes received by the team, which is rounded to the nearest 0.1.
The strokes received and the minimum number of tee shots may be reduced pro rata when playing less than 18 holes.
9 hole Course Handicaps are used In 9 hole competitions.
It is recommended that short-handed teams receive an extra stroke allowance by including a “ghost” player with a Course Handicap of 20 in the calculation.
The minimum number of tee shots for short-handed teams is increased by approximately one third (33%) in teams of 4 and one half (50%) in teams of 3 (rounded to a suitable whole number).
Other Scramble formats
- In a Florida Scramble the player whose shot is selected does not play the next shot.
- In a Texas Shamble all play from the teeing area on each hole and one of the tee shots is selected. All the team members play their second shots from that spot and continue playing their own ball in AM-AM format.
A variation in any of the scramble formats is on par 3 holes each golfer plays their own ball in “best x from y” format using the appropriate Handicap Allowance for that format. This is a suitable option to use when there is a “Twos” competition in operation.