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Ironically enough, Fantasy Golf is the opposite of golf itself in that it's way easier to play than you'd expect.

Starting Your First-Ever Fantasy Golf Pool: Three Things to Remember

Ironically enough, Fantasy Golf is the opposite of golf itself, in that it's way easier to play than you'd expect.

Nicky G
Nicky G

Are you thinking about starting a PGA fantasy golf pool for the first time, but don't know where to start?

Well, you've come to the right place.

In this post, we'll give you three quick tips to help get your pool off the ground and running smoothly. So without further ado, let's get started!

1. Keep it simple

Just like a nice, easy swing is best to start with when actually playing golf yourself, a nice easy pool is best for when you just start out, so you're not trying to kill it and shanking it.

So the first advice is simple: Don't overcomplicate things, especially when setting up your first-ever fantasy golf pool.

For most pools, standard formats will do just fine. PGA fantasy golf leagues most often involve picking the best "roster" of golfers you can. If you are looking to make things more difficult for your participants, or are organizing a professional league, go ahead and customize the rules as you see fit. However, for most standard pools consisting of golf buddies and casual sports fans alike, stick with the basics.

These usually fall into two categories that pool commissioners can choose between:

  • A Tiered Pick Sheet— PGA Tour players in the tournament field into a number of tiers or flights, based on their current World Golf Ranking. Each member in the pool will then pick one golfer from those tiers.
  • Salary Cap Pick Sheet—Each golfer will have a salary assigned to them based on their current World Golf Ranking. Participants will be assigned a fixed salary cap they must stay under in order to create their roster.

All in all, you'll want to be sure the game type you're selecting works well with the level of commitment your friends, family, or colleagues are willing to agree to. Some game types (like Majors Pools) require a little less than season-long pools (like One-and-Done Pools, which have you pick a single golfer every week of the PGA season).

2. Promote your pool early and often

The worst time to promote your fantasy golf pool is on the day of your draft.

You want to give yourself as much time as possible to build buzz around the league before everyone starts trash-talking one another over their picks. If you are looking for an edge to get people pumped about joining you, consider doing something unique with your scoring system, or picking a non-traditional golf fantasy pool game type (like a Masters Prop Bets pool).

Last year, I ran a standard PGA fantasy golf league with a twist. In addition to traditional scoring, I allowed my members to drop the worst-performing pick of the six I had them select. It took a little bit of the pressure off of my members and made everybody a little bit more competitive in the long run.  In this way, small offerings can yield big results.

Other commissioners will offer bonus ideas like the ability to repick golfers in other tournaments, or bonus strokes for members who selected golfers who landed in top finishing positions.

3. Hype your league constantly, once it's underway

Once your draft is over, you should keep people excited about the league throughout the season by get this: having fun. Your role as a golf pool commissioner is to bring the energy every week.

Having something for your fantasy golf pool members to shoot for (such as a small prize) will give them incentive to follow the scores each tournament (or week, if your pool is a weekly one).

Also, don't be afraid to get creative with opening day promotions like "Who Wore it Best?" where you ask your participants to vote for your player who wears the most offensive outfit on TV.

That's all I have for now, folks.

If you're still thinking about running a fantasy golf pool and I haven't scared you away, follow these three simple rules and you'll be relatively prepared for your draft night before you know it.

See you at the 19th hole!


Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.