Golf games: How to play Nines or 5-3-1
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Golf games: How to play Nines or 5-3-1

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There are so many good golf games to play, most of which have rules that make betting easy, too.

One of our favorite games is really reserved for a three players, and it's called either 5-3-1 or Nines.


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The rules of Nines or 5-3-1

Nines is a very easy game to understand. On every hole, nine points are awarded to the three players in the match, and the points are awarded on the basis of how the players score (with or without handicap applied). Here's how the points are distributed:

  • First place - 5 pts, second place - 3 pts, third place - 1 pt
  • First place - 5 pts, tied for second place - 2 pts each
  • Two tied for first place - 4 pts, third place - 1 pt
  • All tied - 3 pts each
  • First place wins with birdie or better - 7 pts, second and third place - 1 pt

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The player with the most points are the end of the match (or it can be played Nassau style, with front and back nine bets, as well a full 18 bet) collects from the losing players, which must pay the winner a pre-determined amount per point difference between the winner's point total and theirs.

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