Fantasy golf is a competition in which players can score points based on the performance of professional golfers in actual tournament play. The object is for a player’s “team” of golfers to accumulate the most points over the course of a season. Leagues are formed based on rules determined by the players, which allows for flexibility as to how the game is played.
Forming a League
When forming a league, you first need to determine which of the professional golf tours will be used. For example, a league can be based on the actual results of players on the men’s tour, the PGA. The number of players would then need to be determined. A league can consist of any number of players, although between six and 16 generally works best as far as manageability.
When determining roster sizes, it is important that each player has extra golfers since not all golfers play in every tournament. One way to accomplish this is to allow each player to draft or purchase six golfers and be allowed to “play” three in each tournament. This can account for situations when golfers have elected to skip certain tournaments.
Once the league parameters are determined, the next step is to fill each team’s roster. One method would be to hold a draft, in which each round’s selection is conducted in reverse order. For example, in an eight-player league, in the first round, Player 1 would select the first golfer, followed by Player 2 and so on until Player 8 makes a selection. To ensure competitive balance, Player 8 would select first in the next round, and the picks would continue in reverse order, with Player 1 making the final selection in the second round. This process would continue until each player’s roster is complete.
Another way to fill rosters is using an auction. Each player is given a specific amount of “money” to bid on golfers, with the highest bidder being able to add the golfer to his or her roster. This method requires the use of strategy, since overbidding on golfers can leave the player without the necessary funds to field a competitive roster.
A variety of scoring systems can be used in fantasy golf. For example, a predetermined number of points can be awarded for specific scores, such as 25 points for an eagle, 10 points for a birdie and five points for a par. Another method would be to award points based on what place golfers finish in a particular tournament. Bonus points could be awarded for winning a major tournament such as the Masters or the British Open. At the end of the season, the player whose golfers have accumulated the most points is declared the winner.