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What's a good 9-hole weekly work league format that gives everyone a chance to win a few dollars without encouraging early-season sandbagging? 

 

I'm in one where we do point quotas and the same "slow starters" to the season end up with most of the money at the end of the year.

 

 

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You could keep a league handicap that's independent of ghin. 

 

Recalculate every week and base it on the best 3 out of 10 scores or something similar that allows for rapid readjustment.  This accounts for the league members rapid change in ability as the season progresses.

 

FWIW this is how a work league I was in did it.  IIRC they used the best 4 of 10.

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1) Handicap based on league play only is essential.  (Use ghin for week 1.)

 

2) Any better ball format should be with blind partners (i.e. people are matched up randomly after the scorecards are turned in).  Otherwise it is easy to sandbag ("accidentally" 3-putt whenever your partner sinks a par putt first).

 

3) A fun twist is to let people pick their tee box on each hole (3 holes from front/middle/back in 9 hole league).  Use middle tees for handicap purposes (for play and for entering score).

 

4) Having a skins game happening simultaneously with the weekly game keeps people having a bad day engaged.

 

5) Another fun variation of any stroke/point play is to only consider a random selection of holes (announced afterwards) for the purposes of the game.

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Any format where you don't have to worry about subs, my favorite that we use at my club for the Ladies Twilight League I run is a modified Stableford, 4 player teams, best 2 of 4 per hole count.  Bad hole pick it up and move on, can only gain points not lose any.

 

We use GHIN handicaps since it's included with membership, but I would definitely do a league only handicap.

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We do a league only handicap in both leagues I help run, since it's always the same course.  GHIN would be a pain with the adjusting every day or preparing for the weeks play. This year a good player joined one of the leagues, and we used their starting Index/Course Handicap at the beginning of the year and some others have noticed (complained) that as their GHIN got better, their league handicap hasn't kept up. Even tried last week convincing me to modify their league HDCP to match GHIN. LOL. 

 

One league is a stableford point system accumulated through the year. No subs needed, since you can do makeup rounds. 

 

The other is team based match play. (ABCD flights, 7 teams, 8 people per team, 1 point per hole, accumulated through the year). Subs are welcome. 

 

 

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