In my younger years, I loved playing side games that would garner me a little bit of pocket change. Nothing serious, I think the most I ever lost or won was $5. Definitely not a Princely sum, but it was fun playing and I do miss it from time to time. Now, I rarely play any side games except with my friend Mike C. He is always looking for a side game and it is fun play head to head against someone.
I stopped playing side games mostly because my regular group is not really interested. Our abilities vary quite a bit and it is very difficult to figure out how to handicap the games. So, we just play golf. It was that way until about a three years ago when Mike decided to challenge me to a game.
At first I outright refused to play; more out of habit than anything else. However, after a bit of friendly ribbing from Mike I decided to take him up on challenge. We do not play for much, but it is fun taking a bit of spare change off Mike. The bragging rights are more important than the dollar or two that I win.
In all fairness, I have to say that Mike has won a match last year. He played well and I did not. We did not play together, but compared cards. Mike was thrilled and I am pretty sure I heard about it for sometime. I say that I gave him too many strokes a side and says it was just great play. I guess we will agree to disagree. 🙂
The biggest challenge of playing any game is trying to figure out how to handicap the players. At any given time, I can shoot between par and 79. I generally use 76 as my bench mark when negotiating the game. And with Mike it is a huge negotiation. Listening to us banter back and forth, one would think we were working on a million dollar deal instead of 5 dollar side game. Regardless, it is all in fun and both enjoy the process of gaining an advantage.
Playing side games in golf is as old as golf itself. It is a way of adding fun to any round as long as everyone keeps things in perspective. It really is not about the winnings, but the bragging rights!
Do you play any side games when playing golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!