How to Play the Trifecta Golf Game

Hitting the trifecta at the race track pays off for the bettor, and hitting the trifecta in the golf game named Trifecta pays off for the golfer. This is a game for golfers in a group in which three points are at stake for each on each hole of the game — and a golfer who earns all three points (who hits the trifecta) earns a bonus point.

Note that while Trifecta can be played over the full 18 holes, the game it usually played only over the final three holes of the front nine, and the last three holes of the back nine: Holes 7, 8, 9, and holes 16, 17 and 18.

What are the three points there to be earned for each golfer in your group? These:

  • A golfer who hits the fairway off the tee gets a point.
  • Anyone who hits the green in regulation* gets a point.
  • Any golfer who, once on the green, holes out in two or fewer strokes gets a point.
Do all three of those things ("hit the trifecta") on a hole and you earn a fourth, bonus point.

At the end of the round, the golfers in the group add up their points earned on the holes in play (typically holes 7-9 and 16-18) and pay out the differences. How much is each point worth? That depends on you, your fellow-competitors, and your bank accounts.

(*"Green in regulation" means getting your ball on the putting surface in one stroke on a par-3 hole, two or fewer strokes on a par-4, and three or fewer strokes on a par-5.)

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