The Golf Betting Game Named Buckshot

The golf betting game named Buckshot is something like the opposite of a Straightest Drive game: Rather than rewarding accuracy off the tee, as in Straightest Driver, Buckshot punishes inaccuracy off the tee.

In Buckshot, which is also called Widest Drive or Wildest Drive, all the golfers in a group tee off. Then, they compare the results. Who missed the fairway (or the green, if playing a par-3 hole) by the most? Whose drive was farthest off the fairway?

That golfer "wins" Buckshot on that hole, which is another way of saying that golfer loses the bet. What's the bet? That's up to the golfers in the group, of course. One popular version of Buckshot doesn't involve any money at all; rather, the golfer who hits the widest drive on each hole is forced to wear a silly hat for the remainder of that hole. (Coonskin caps, propellor hats and gaudy tricorns are popular options.)

If all members of the group hit the fairway (or green on a par-3), then there is no Buckshot "winner" for that hole.

You can also play Buckshot for money. Let's use a $1 bet for an example. Golfers A, B, C and D tee off. Golfer C misses the fairway by the most. What happens? There are two options when betting Buckshot: Golfer C pays $1 to each of the other three golfers; or, Golfer C pays $1 to the golfers in the group who hit the fairway. (If all four members of the group missed the fairway, then Golfer C would pay $1 to each.)

Another option combines the two approaches. Before the round, the golfers agree on the value of the Buckshot bet. On each hole, the golfer who hits the widest drive has to wear the silly hat the rest of the hole. But distances off the fairway are tracked. And at the end of the round, the golfer who hit the widest tee ball of all owes each of the other members of the group the agreed-upon Buckshot bet.

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