Games We Play - Greensomes
Foursomes with selected drive


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).  A handicap allowance of 60% of the A-player’s handicap plus 40% of the B-player’s handicap is also widely used.

When the handicap allowance is applied to the team total score in Greensomes medal play, those allowances can be computed to a tenth of a stroke to reduce the likelihood of ties. 

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.

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