Greensomes (also called “Foursomes with selected drive,” “Canadian Foursomes,” or “Alternate Shot with selected drive”) is a variation of foursomes in which a team of two players play a single ball alternately after selecting a preferred tee shot of the team.
Both partners play a tee shot at each hole from their designated tee, then the team selects a single ball to continue, and the partner of the player whose ball is chosen plays the next shot. The partners then alternate playing that single ball until it is holed.
The USGA recommends, for stroke play, a handicap allowance of 40% of the total Course Handicaps of the partners (ie: 80% of the average of their handicaps). CONGU recommends a handicap allowance of 60% of the A-player’s handicap plus 40% of the B-player’s handicap.
In match play, the team with the lower handicap allowance should play at scratch and their opponents play with the difference between the team handicap allowances.
Scorecard with Greensomes team score and allowance
This scorecard illustrates the results of a Greensomes competition for a couple. The team handicap has been computed as 80% of the average Course Handicap of the partner's. This particular competition is being scored with a handicap allowance to a tenth of a stroke, reducing the chance of ties.