The train is another fun golf side game you can play to add a little more excitement to your round. The train is a golf game that can be played with any number of players in the group. It works like this.
Golfers must score two nets pars in order to board the train. Once you’ve accomplished this and boarded the train you will use Stableford scoring.
This means 4 points for an eagle, 3 points for a birdie, 2 for a par, 1 for a bogey and 0 points for anything higher.
It is these points you earn while on the train that will determine who is the winner. But here’s the catch if at any point you score two net bogeys in a row you are off the train and lose all your points.
You will need to score two net pars in order to get back on the train and start earning points again.
Who Is The Train Golf Game For
This golf side game is perfect for a group of golfers on a casual weekend round looking to have some fun. The handicap and net scoring of this golf format makes it an even playing field for golfers of all skill levels.
This means that even if there is a large gap in skill between yourself and other golfers in your group you will still be able to keep all group members competitive as this format uses net scoring.
Strategies And Tactics
Even though this is a relatively casual golf side game. We know that some of our readers are looking for a little edge on their competition. For this reason, we are going to breakdown some strategies to utilize when playing the train golf game.
Get on the train at all costs
One thing you need to be aware of when playing the train golf game. Is that your score does not matter until you board the train. All you need is two net pars to get on.
This means that your only goal on the holes you play prior to getting on the train is to score a par or better. It does matter if you get single bogey or a triple bogey because neither will get you aboard. This means when playing the hole you need to play quite aggressively if you have a bad shot.
You need to risk whatever is necessary to chase that par. Even if it means hitting a driver off the deck from 250+ out.
Stay Aboard The Train Through Course Management
One thing that will lose you this game every time is scoring two net bogeys in a row. As we stated earlier this will knock you off the train and reduce your total points to zero.
Now what can we do to make sure we stay on the train? One tactic is to use course management. If you have played the course before you likely know which holes you tend to struggle on.
If so you must be sure to play conservatively before heading to that hole. You must remember these are net bogeys that will get you off the train. So if you are playing conservatively you should be able to avoid them for the most part.
If you see one of the holes you struggle with coming up be sure to try and score a net par or better on the previous hole. This can be done by putting away the driver, aiming for the center of the green. Or laying up on long holes.
These tactics will not score you a birdie but can certainly help you avoid bogeys.