Pub Golf, also known as Bar Golf in the USA, is a recreational drinking game involving a selection of either nine or eighteen pubs/ bars, which constitutes the “course” to be played/ drank by the participants.

Pub golfIt is basically a bar/ pub crawl made into an interesting and fun social intercourse game. Unlike the actual sport of Golf, Bar/ Pub Golf involves no golf ball, green or fairway.


Replicating the sport of Golf, Bar/ Pub Golf does have the standard round of 9 or 18 different “holes”. Each pub/ bar is considered a “hole”. The bars to be visited during the game are set in advance and numbered. These hole numbers specify the order in which each pub/ bar will be visited. Prior to playing pub/ bar a par for each hole (ranging from 1 to 5) also needs to be decided. E.g. Hole “5″ (at Pub #5)- Par 4= One pint of lager.

The par of the hole represents how many drinks/sips/gulps it should take to complete the drink assigned. Therefore, at the above referenced hole 5, if the pint of lager is completed in 4 sips the participant drinking the nominated beverage is awarded a par. However many drinks it takes to complete the assigned drink on a particular hole should be recorded on a scorecard. (Foe example, 5 drinks @ Hole 5= +1).

The beverages nominated for each “hole” should vary, and should be reasonable when deciding the par of the nominated hole (number of drinks) it takes to complete the hole). A simple shot of aftershock for example, should suffice for a par one, whereas a Par-4 could be a pint of beer and a par-5 allocated for a yardarm of lager.

A time limit for each completing hole must be set before the game is played. Thirty minutes is a rule of thumb, but is subject to the number of players.

Certain holes can be assigned as having a water hazard. This means that the toilets cannot be used while playing that hole, or else a penalty stroke is added.


Pub/ Bar Golf Scores are kept on individual score cards, and each person keeps track of how many drinks taken to complete the assigned beverage for that hole. If the number of gulps is the same as the par, then that player receives a par for that hole. Beverages can be finished with fewer or more sips than the par assigned and the players score equals the number of gulps plus any penalties, where applicable. The aim is similar to a round of golf and that it is to finish the game with the lowest score. Prizes are often handed out for the lowest scores.


As with any game of golf, there are rules and etiquette that must be followed. There are some acts that will cost rule breakers one or more extra strokes. The penalties and their resulting strokes should be predetermined, and generally consist of the following.

+1 stroke = Spilling a drink
+1 stroke = Going to the toilet when a water hazard is in play
+2 strokes = Falling down
+2 strokes = For every hole missed
+2 strokes = Being refused a drink or asked to leave a bar
+5 strokes = Cheating
+10 strokes = Being sick
+20 strokes = Starting fights with other players


Often the player who comes last in pub golf is expected to do a forfeit. One of the most popular forfeits is the player that finishes in last place has to go in their pub golf attire to a public place, such as universities or a place of work. It is important that everyone agrees the forfeit before the event takes place before teeing off. Forfeits are an important part of pub golf and the person who doesn’t do it after they’ve lost shows bad sportsmanship and is banned in upcoming events due to the pub golf code of conduct.

Pub/ Bar Golf Attire

It is highly recommended, and often mandatory, that all participants wear full golfing attire or they will be disqualified from taking part. This gets everyone into the spirit of things and it is easier to keep track of those in the party, while adding to the fun, and all the while helping promote the game of Pub Golf.

Some of the iconic pub golf apparel are Loudmouth Golf, Bunker Mentality, IJP, Royal & Awesome, Lyle & Scott and DRUH golfing wear.


To play Pub/ Bar Golf, you need to be in an area that consists of pubs/bars, all within walking distance of one another. It is best to produce a map of the pubs and issue this route to players in advance of teeing off at the first bar.


Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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