The dog fight is a different format for Men’s Night. At Osprey Links Golf Course, we seem to play this format more often than not. I have never played this format before, and actually never heard of it until recently. Honestly, I am not a fan during Men’s Night because it does not promote interaction between all the players and it does not give all teams an opportunity to win.
The format for a Dog Fight is pretty simple. Over the course of 9 holes, each player must play independently for two holes and a scramble for 7. This means that each player in the group has the pressure of shooting the best score they can, twice in 9 holes. And then both scores are added together!
Having the pressure of shooting your own score is difficult for many players and as a result, high numbers generally occur. Unless a group has 4 strong players, there is nothing fair about the Dog Fight format.
The positive aspect of this event is that there several divisions and the manager of Osprey Links flights the scores; so no matter how we play, there is an opportunity to win a prize. Speaking of prizes, there is also the circle holes on par 3s and one longest putt per nine. These are fun events and last week, one of my playing partners hit the ball within the circle on the par 3, 8th hole and won a prize.
Men’s Night is supposed to be fun, relaxing and a little competitive. Unfortunately, Dog Fight does not offer any of these things. I will continue to attend Men’s Night because I enjoy playing with golf with my friends, but I hope they replace Dog Fight with something else.
What is your favorite format for Men’s Night?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!