Tournament Formats & Contests

ClubCorp Tournaments

Our dedicated Golf Professionals will assist you with choosing your event format and locating the perfect holes for proximities such as:  the longest drive, hole-in-one and closest to the pin. They can advise you on your player’s list and hole assignments, as well as suggest additional contests for the enjoyment of your guests. 


SCRAMBLE: The Scramble is probably the most common format for team tournaments (and the easiest format for varying skill levels to compete together). It can be played by 2, 3, or 4 person teams, and involves choosing the best shot following every stroke, with each team member then playing again from that one spot.

BEST BALL: Best ball can be played using 2, 3, or 4 person teams. Each player on the team plays his or her own golf ball throughout the round, and on each hole the low score – or “best ball” – of the group serves as the team score.

INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY: “Stroke play” refers to a round of golf in which the score is kept by adding the cumulative total of strokes taken throughout the round. This format is often used for competitive golf. Each player plays their own ball for each hole and records their individual scores. This format is usually used with smaller groups that wish to play a more competitive style of golf. Using this format for large outings can sometimes make for a longer round of golf and may be frustrating to your more inexperienced golfers.


CLOSEST TO THE PIN:  This is a popular contest to have for any size group, at any skill level. Cherry Valley Country Club will provide a proximity sign marker for your contest. This is typically held on par three’s. The golfer that hits his or her shot closest to the pin is awarded the winner. Some groups will have separate contests for men and ladies but it is not always necessary. 

LONGEST DRIVE: This is similar to the closest to the pin contest. In this contest the prize is awarded to the player who hits the longest drive on a designated hole. Cherry Valley will provide the proximity sign marker for you. The winning drive must remain on the fairway. It is often recommended that a separate contest be held for men and women for this type of event.

STRAIGHTEST DRIVE: In this contest, a line is drawn down the center of the fairway. The winner is designated by the player who hits his or her tee shot closest to the line. Distance is not the objective here, accuracy is!

BEAT THE PRO: For this contest the object is obviously to “Beat the Pro”! Cherry Valley Country Club will provide one of our PGA Professionals on a par three. The participants can wager any amount of money or buy tickets, or however your organization chooses to enter. If your guest gets closer to the pin than our PGA Professional, they win. This is a fun way for your participants to take their chances against one of our PGA Professionals. (Please note: There is an additional fee for this contest.)

CREATE YOUR OWN:  It is our pleasure to assist you in creating any special contests you may want to have for your event. Additional examples include; closest to the wavy line, hole-in-one, or longest putt.