Are you planning to host your own tournament? Whether you’re a first-timer or a tournament veteran, it’s important to understand the different types of tournaments. Each serves its own purpose and offer a fun experience for all golfers. We will briefly go over a couple of types of golf tournaments, so when it’s time for you to host your own, you’ll have an overall fun event.


Match Play:

Match play is best known for hole-by-hole competition where the golfer who scores best on the individual hole, wins that hole. Instead of going by an entire round basis, you are facing your opponent head-on with this type of tournament.

Stroke Play:

This type of competition is the opposite of match play where instead you are competing against the entire 18-hole course. You are playing an entire round against your competitors and trying to beat them by having a better score.

Best Ball:

Instead of an individual play, you will be assembling teams of golfers and can either play match or stroke play. Each hole will be rallied up by the lowest score from each team member and will be the overall score for that team.


One of the more popular golf formats, scramble is played in teams of either 2,3, or 4.  The premise of the game is to choose one best shot from each hole and have every team member play from that spot again. Scramble is also known as Texas Scramble and Florida Scramble.

Bingo Bango Bongo:

Another popular golf format, Bingo Bango Bongo rewards players on 3 premises of each hole:

    1. The first player in each group to get onto the green receives 1 point.
    2. The player to hit the closest to the hole once everyone is on the green receives 1 point.
    3. The last point is given to the first person who holes out.


This tournament involves a 2-person team and greatly known for a bundle of various tournament styles into one. Each member will make a tee shot and have teammates switch balls and play each other’s drives. From there, the team will choose the second best shot and play from that spot, like bingo bango bongo.

Foursome (Alternate Shot):

This format involves teams of 2 and alternates team member on who hits the ball next. Team members also alternate on who tees off each hole, so that it’s not the same player hitting every drive.

Ready for a Tournament?

Now that we’ve gone over a couple of types of golf tournaments, it’s time to buckle down and start hosting your own. Luckily enough, Yucaipa Valley holds a beautiful 18-hole course where we welcome all types of golf formats. Need more information on our tournament pricing and general info? Click here to see our latest pricing on tournaments and request to hold your own.