Poker Golf Rules
Object of the Game:
Get the best poker hand among all golfers and win the pot.
A Putt is defined to be any stroke taken on the green. A ball played from anywhere off the boundaries of the green or on the fringe is not deemed to be a putt. Once you begin to putt, every stroke taken from that point on is deemed to be a putt.
Each player antes a pre-determined amount ($1 is a good number) for the round. One (1) playing card will be awarded for the ante.
As each hole is played, one (1) additional playing card will be awarded each time a player makes a one-putt.
Note: Two additional playing cards will be awarded for a no-putt, no matter how it is accomplished ie. Hole-in-one, hole-out from the fairway, chip-in, putt-in from the fringe, etc.)
$1 will be added to the pot by any player who three-putts.
$1 will be added to the pot and 1 card will be deducted from that players hand each time a player takes more than 3 putts.
The scorer records all one-putts, three-putts and more-than-three-putts.
At the end of the round, all money owing is collected and all cards earned are dealt. Best poker hand takes the pot. See the Poker Play section.
Player A has 3 one-putts and 2 three-putts. At the conclusion of the round, he is dealt 4 cards (one card for the ante plus one card for each of his one-putts) and he puts an additional $2 in the pot because of his two three-putts.
Player B has 1 one-putts and 3 three-putts and 1 four putt. At the conclusion of the round, he is dealt only 1 card (one card for the ante plus one card for his one-putt minus 1 card for the four putt) and he puts an additional $4 in the pot because of his two three-putts and one four putt and so on with all players.
Get as many 'one-putts' or 'no-putts' as possible (get as many playing cards as possible to increase your chances for a good poker hand) while getting as few three-or-more putts as possible. As Al Hotshot Hanley would say, "Aim for the fringes".
All Cards will be dealt at the conclusion of the round from a standard 52 card deck.
The Dealer is the player with the most one-putts and least three putts. In case of a tie, cut for the deal high card deals.
The Dealer shuffles and then deals one card face up to each player around the table and then deals extra earned cards as necessary, one at a time face up to each player going around the table. Best poker hand (no restriction on number of cards used) wins the pot. Nothing wild.
Hand Ranking, low to high: High card; pair; 2 pair; 3 of a kind; straight; flush; full house; 4 of a kind; straight flush; royal flush.