What is the snake golf betting game?

This game can help you with those clutch putts late in a round

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This game can help you with those clutch putts late in a round

The snake golf betting game can help you make those clutch putts late in a round. Ok, it may be not so much ‘help’ as ‘incentivise‘.

The snake golf betting game punishes anyone who makes three putts on a green. (Shots played with the putter from off the green do not count). It is the adage ‘drive for show, putt for dough’ taken literally.

No shots can be given - there are no gimmies in the snake golf betting game. For this reason it may be best not to play it when the course it as it busiest.

The idea is that the person who first three putts takes ownership of the snake.

When someone else three putts, they take the snake from this player, and so on. The person who leaves the final green with the snake in their possession pays a forfeit to the others.

In some versions of the snake golf betting game a monetary value is decided beforehand for each three putt. This sum is then put into the pot every time someone three putts, and the one who has the snake at the end of the game has to pay the total in the pot, which is divided among the other players.

This sum can be the same per three putt or it can be doubled with each three putt.

Thus if the first three putt is set at 1p, the next adds 2p to the pot, so the pot is now 3p. This might not seem much of a bet, but the 10th three-putt in a game adds £5.12, the 11th £10.24, the 12th £20.48.

Thus 12 three putts in a game - three per player in a fourball - would result in an accumulated pot of £40.95. If your fourball averages four three putts each a round, the pot becomes an eye-watering £640.

Therefore this doubling-version of stakes is for people who putt well, so that there will not be that many three putts in the pot.

In other versions of the snake golf betting game the one with the snake at the end simply buys the round of drinks or lunch for the group.

Contributing Writer Golf courses and travel are Roderick’s particular interests and he worked as contributing editor for the first few years of the Golf Monthly Travel Supplement. He writes travel articles and general features for the magazine, travel supplement and website. He is a member of Trevose Golf & Country Club and has played golf in around 20 countries. Cricket is his other main sporting love. He is the author of five books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder.