The Invisible Man Golf Game, a Variation on Skins

"Invisible Man" is the name of a golf betting game that is a variation on a basic Skins Game. Who is the invisible man in the game? That's Old Man Par, and he wants a cut of your winnings.

First, note that Invisible Man is played with full handicaps within a group of four golfers (unless you're all very close in ability). Second, just go out and play the basic Skins Game.

A Skins Game, as a refresher, is a bet between all four golfers about who will win each, individual hole on the golf course. Your group sets a value for each hole (perhaps increasing for the holes later in the round, up to you). The golfer who outright wins a hole wins the pot, which is the value of that hole. If two or more golfers tie on a hole, the value of that hole is carried over and added to the next, increasing the next hole's value.

Here's the twist in the Invisible Man variation: On each hole, the golfers are also competing against par, and a golfer who wins a hole can have the value of the skin doubled, or cut in half, depending on whether he also beats or loses to Old Man Par.

Examples of Holes Played in Invisible Man

Let's say your group is playing a par-4 hole. The golfers make scores of 4, 5, 5 and 6 (net scores, remember). The golfer with the 4 wins the skin by beating the other three golfers. But he didn't beat par. That's OK — he still wins the agreed-upon value of the skin.

Next hole, another par-4. This time the net scores are 3, 5, 5 and 4. The net 3 not only wins the skin from his buddies, but he also beat par. So guess what: His winnings are doubled!

Another hole, par-3. The scores are net 4, 5, 5 and 5. The 4 wins the skins from his buddies, but he lost to Old Man Par. What happens? Old Man Par is a greedy son-of-a-gun, and he wants half your winnings. When a golfer wins a skin but does not beat par, his winnings for that hole are cut in half.

Invisible Man gives winners of holes a big bonus for winning with a below-par score, but it also prevents any members of the group from running up big winnings on holes they did not play particularly well (losing to par).

Invisible Man Recap

Invisible Man starts by setting up a basic Skins Game. On each hole, the golfers are also competing against par. A golfer who wins a skin with a net birdie or better doubles his winnings. A golfer who wins a skin with a net bogey or worse has his winnings cut in half. And winning a hole by matching par has no affect on the value of the skin.

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