Pub golf is a drinking game popular among college-age crowds and people in their early 20s. The game involves a group of players divided into teams of two "crawling" to nine drinking establishments over the course of an evening. Rules are established for each stop and points are awarded for tasks completed at each pub, using the traditional golf scoring system of eagle, birdie, par and bogey. Normally players dress in golf attire as part of the evening's festivities, but this is not required. Each participant will need a scorecard to follow his progress.
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Turn a piece of paper lengthwise and use a ruler to draw a rectangle on it. Leave two inches of space between the edges of the rectangle and the edges of the paper.
Draw a grid inside the rectangle that is 10 boxes high and six boxes wide. Leave enough room in each square so that you can write the instructions for each "hole" in the box.
Colour in the top left square; it is not used for the scorecard. Inside the top remaining five boxes write, in order from left to right, "Bogey," "Par," "Birdie," "Eagle" and "Score."
Fill in the name of each establishment in the boxes down the left side of the page. Each pub golf player must visit nine bars or taverns during the match.
Write the challenge each player must meet to be awarded a specific score at each establishment. For instance, under "Bogey" for the first bar you could write, "Any 354ml beer or cocktail." A score of par would be more challenging, such as "Bogey + another 340gr beer or cocktail." A score of birdie could be "Par + any 80-proof shot," and for an eagle the rules could state "Birdie + tequila shot."
Tips and warnings
- The idea is to be as creative as possible, incorporating aspects of each establishment into the rules. For instance, if your party stops at a bar with a pool table, for a score of "eagle" each participant could be required to complete a birdie and ride a pool cue like a horse for one lap around the bar. Use your imagination.
- Remember that bogeys are worth +1 point, pars are 0 points, birdies are -1 point and eagles are -2 points. Each player must complete the task to be awarded points. The total points at each stop are added together, and the team with the lowest total score wins.
- Have a designated driver to get you and your teammate home at the end of the night, as both of you will be well over the legal limit after playing pub golf.
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