Money Ball GolfTales RJSmiley

Scotch Points

More money games.

Scotch Points or Baskets

Scotch Points is a game where teams compete within a foursome or against other foursomes.  Each team member’s ball is in play on every hole.  

There are Four Points available on each hole plus the possibility of Bonus Point(s) in Scotch Points.  Low Ball Point – A point is awarded to a team that has the lowest individual score on a hole.  Low Total Point – A point is awarded to the team with the lowest total strokes on each hole.  Nearie Point – A point is awarded to the team with the ball nearest to the hole in regulation (putting for birdie).  Birdie Point – A point is awarded to the team when one or more team members makes a birdie.

Bonus Points – When a team sweeps all four points on a hole, Bonus Point(s) are awarded.  In Five Point Scotch, one additional point is awarded for a sweep.  In Eight Point Scotch, four additional points are awarded.

The losing team may press at the conclusion of any hole and the points are doubled for the balance of the round.  When playing Scotch Points against other foursomes, a tape measure is needed to record the distance to the hole for the Nearie Point.


Baskets is the same as Scotch Points except in Baskets an additional point, Team Low Putts, is awarded for the team with the fewest total putts and two Points (not one Point) are awarded for team Low Total.  When a team sweeps all six points on a hole, the team is said to have the full “Basket” of points and is awarded a “Bonus or Basket” Point.

Share This Story

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

Related Stories

Rickie Fowler

I must say that I felt sorry for Rickie Fowler at the recent 3M Open. As he was making 8 on #18, I thought of a story I wrote in 2015 when Rickie won the 2015 Player’s Championship. He won the tournament but girlfriend Alexia stole the show.

Read More »

Mike Damman

As the MGA golf season is drawing to a close, we all need to remember the volunteers who make the events go smoothly. Mike Damman is one of the very best. The story is several years old but Mike still works many MGA events.

Read More »

Leave a Reply