Do you feel like your game takes a while to heat up or do you play well after the match is already decided? Try adding Double Down as a side bet or principle bet to reward your strong finish. This money game can be played with 2 to 4 players and with or without handicaps.
Many enjoy this as an individual side bet in addition to a nassau or other team bet. It is usually easy to get players on board for some side action, especially if you tell them the first hole is worth a dollar or less. However, keep in mind the wager doubles after each hole. Think of it as a skins game with payouts doubling.
See the chart below for an example of two breakdowns, one that starts with a dollar bet on the first hole and one that starts with a quarter bet on the first hole:
You can see how the starting value has a big impact on the amount the 9th hole is worth. We suggest the hole values are reset after nine holes are played. Resetting the wager keeps Double Down as a bet that pairs well with a nassau, which is also a series of nine-hole bets.
The payout is based on the difference between the players. For example, using the first hole dollar bet, if Player A wins the 3rd hole, Player B wins the 7th hole and Player C wins the 8th hole with the other holes being halved, the payout would look like this:
It is a good idea to bring this game to the table when you are feeling strong about your game and even stronger under pressure; holes 7-9 can change how golfers play, but it’s only money right?
Note: To keep the stakes from getting out of hand, avoid carryovers (or embrace them if the group is full of high rollers).