St. Andrews Foursomes

Type Stroke
Alias St. Andrews Greensomes, Chinese
Format Game
Number of players 2, 4
Team or Individual play Team
  • Andrews Foursomes is played with Stableford scoring, and the team handicap allowance is 50% of the combined handicaps of both players of a team. This game is usually played by mid to low handicap golfers.
  • The game starts off with both players of a team hitting their drives. The members decide among themselves which drive they will choose to play.
  • Before the round begins, one player is chosen to play the second stroke on all even-numbered holes, while the other player is chosen to play the second stroke on all odd-numbered holes.
  • This order is followed regardless of which player’s tee shot is chosen on that hole. For example, if Player A has to hit the second stroke on even-numbered holes and their drive is chosen for hole 2, Player A will still play the second stroke on that hole. Every stroke made after that is made in alternating order, i.e., Player B will hit the third stroke, then Player A will hit the fourth stroke, and so on, until the ball is holed.
  • Penalty shots in St. Andrews Foursomes do not affect the order of play. For example, if a player (Player A) hits the selected ball out of bounds, then the player who was supposed to hit the ball next, even if it is Player A, has to play the next shot from where the original ball was played with a penalty of 1 stroke.
  • Since this game is played with Stableford scoring, players should pick up their ball if their team is unable to score any Stableford points on a given hole.
  • If using the stroke format, the number of strokes on each hole by both players is recorded. At the end of the round, the team with the lowest score wins the game.