ToC Appendix L: Texas Scramble 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 an 18 hole teams of 4.

Where to Play the ball from
When a golfer will play their next shot from where another team member’s ball came to rest, the ball is put into play as follows:

  • On the fairway: place within 12 inches, no nearer the hole

  • In the General Area, Penalty Areas & Bunkers: drop within 1 club length, no nearer the hole in accordance with Rule 14.6 (b), or

  • When Preferred Lies are in operation in the General Area: place within 12 inches, no nearer the hole

  • On the Putting Green: place within 6 inches, no nearer the hole


Handicap Allowance
The Handicap Allowances for Scrambles are shown in Appendix F and adjustments in mixed or multi-tee competitions are shown in Appendix N.

Each player’s individual allowance is calculated  to the nearest 0.01 and added to the other team members’ allowances to give the team allowance which is then rounded to the nearest 0.1.

Handicap Allowances are generally reduced pro rata when playing less than 18 holes.

3 players in a teams of 4 scramble receive an extra one-third (33.3%) stoke allowance and the minimum number of tee shots is increased by approximately one-third (rounded to a suitable whole number).

2 players in a teams of 3 scramble receive an extra one-half (50%) stroke allowance and the minimum number of tee shots is increased by approximately one half (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. 

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