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Skins are usually played in groups of four/five or with multiple groups of four.  The goal of the game is to win the ‘skin’.  A good game to understand as it is played as a side competition in many charity tournaments.

How To Play

Play out each hole as you normally would trying to shoot the lowest score possible.

In order to win the skin an individual (or team) must shoot the lowest score on a hole (no ties) than any other player (or team).  In the event of a tie, the skin pushes off to the next hole.


In a tournament skins format, you won’t know if your team won a ‘skin’ until all the score cards are turned in and analyzed by the tournament organizers.  If you want to win a skin in a tournament you will usually have to eagle or birdie some of the most difficult holes on the course.

How To Score

If you shoot the lowest score in your group (no ties) on a hole, then you win the ‘skin’.


If your team shoots the lowest score in the tournament (no ties) on a hole, your team wins the ‘skin’.


How To Win

The winner is the Player with the most ‘skins’ at the end of the round.   There is usually a set amount wagered on each skin (e.g. $1).  So if Steve won two skins and nobody else won any then everyone would owe Steve $2.


Shoot the lowest team score in the tournament on any hole (no ties) to win the ‘skin’.  Usually teams will all pay $5 to the ‘pot’  to participate in the skins competition.  The Team/s that win a ‘skin’ split the pot.

More Info

If playing just as an individual group, maybe you might like to throw in a ‘Bev Cart Bonus side bet.


Hole 1:

Players A, B, C, and D are all playing skins for 1 point on each hole.  All four players shoot a 5 on the first hole.  Because there was a tie for the low score the 1 point skin carries over to hole two.

Hole 2:  

Player A shoots a 3 and the other three players shoot 4s’.  Because Player A had the lone low score they win the skin.  The skin was worth 2 points (1 point for hole one carryover and 1 point for hole 2).

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