(Rule 22.1 Refers)
Foursomes is a form of stroke play involving partners where the two partners compete as a side by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole. One partner must play first from the teeing area (tee off) on all odd numbered holes, while the other partner must tee off on the even numbered holes. Both players need to agree the order of hitting off (odd or even) before the game. This decision is entirely theirs and often depends on how confident players feel about certain holes on the course, however, in Mixed Foursomes the club usually determines the order of play and Ladies hit off the Red tees.
Once a player has teed off, the partners strike the ball alternately until the hole is completed. Therefore, if it is Player As turn to hit from the tee, Player B will bit the second shot, Player A the third and so on until holed out.
Note that if either player incurs a penalty stroke, it does not alter the order of play. For instance if Player A hits out of bounds off the tee, it is then Player B's turn (hitting 3 off the tee). This includes the playing of a provisional ball (e.g. Player B would hit the provisional ball).
Scoring is identical to the simple method used for Stroke Play and the card should show individual hole gross and the totaled gross and net scores after handicap deduction. The team's handicap is half the aggregate of both partners' handicaps. Both players' handicaps must be recorded on the card.
If any holes aren’t completed (for any reason) and no score recorded the team is disqualified as with stroke competitions.
The team completing the course in the least number of strokes is the winner.
Sample Score card shown below.
Canadian Foursomes is the same as foursomes except that both players play tee shots on every hole. A ball is then chosen and play continues alternately like foursomes. The handicap of each team is calculated by taking 3/8 of the aggregate of team members' individual handicaps. The handicap of each player must be shown on the card.
American Foursomes (sometimes referred to as Pinehurst Foursomes). This is just like Canadian foursomes except after the tee shots, both golfers play a second stroke with their partner's ball. One ball is then chosen and play continues alternately like foursomes. The handicap of each team is calculated by taking 3/8 of the aggregate of team members' individual handicaps. The handicap of each player must be shown on the card.