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  • All players of a foursome tee-off.
  • All four players hit their second shot from the location of the best drive.
  • The group continues playing from the location of whoever has the best shot.
  • However, at least 1 shot from each of the four players must be used each hole. (But I suppose it's just understood that only 3 players would be used on a par 3 hole.)

I thought that was just "match play", but definitions vary. I'm wondering if there is a specific name for that exact type of match play, and is there a known origin?

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This sounds like a scramble(1)(2).

A scramble fulfills the first three requirements you list above:

  • All players of a foursome tee-off.
  • All four players hit their second shot from the location of the best drive.
  • The group continues playing from the location of whoever has the best shot.

The fourth requirement, "at least 1 shot from each of the four players must be used each hole," may be a variation of a scramble. I haven't found it in a specific scramble format, but the second source I reference states:

Another variation is to not allow any player's shot to be used twice in a row. This eliminates a team's ability to rely solely on one standout player.


As far as a known origin, I have not been able to locate anything so far, but I will look into this.

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    "SCRAMBLE”!! That is the word I was looking for. That will do, but if there is anything that nails down that fourth requirement, it would be appreciated too. Thanks for the help! – ipso May 12 '15 at 16:47

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