How to Play Low Ball and Low Total Golf


Golf is a game where players compete to achieve the lowest score after a predetermined number of holes are played. There are variations like low ball and low total golf that allow players to score the game differently and compete as teams. In low ball and low total golf, teams benefit from having good individual player scores as well as low team totals.

Organize a golf game for a group of golfers. For low ball and low total golf there must be at least four players because each is a game for teams of two or more.

Decide whether you are playing a nine-hole or 18-hole variation of the games and create a scorecard, which should have a space for each hole to check for low individual score and low team score.

Play each hole of golf as you normally would, as there are no special rules of play in either game.

Compare scores at the end of each hole. If you are playing with more than four players, scoring must be done at the end of the game because you should limit your number of players in each group on a hole to four.

Award one point to the team that has the player with the lowest score on the hole. If multiple players tie for the low score, give the point to the team with the most players with that score. If teams tie with the same number of players with the low score, give each team in the tie a point.

Add up the score for each team on each hole by adding the individual players' scores on the team together for that hole. The team with the lowest total score on each hole receives a point. If two or more teams tie for lowest team score, the teams each receive a point.

Add the scores at the end of the game. The team with the most points is the winner.


Low ball and low total golf can be played with as many teams as you wish, though common golf etiquette limits the number of players to a group on a hole to four. This means you may need to play in multiple groups to complete your game.


If you have multiple groups, you might want to have at least one member of each team in each group to ensure that scores are recorded honestly.