Posted by: Rolf | April 15, 2016

Double or Nothing

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“Double or Nothing,” better known as “Nassau” is a type of bet in golf that is essentially “three” separate bets. Money is “wagered” on the best match play “score” on the front nine (holes 1–9), back nine (holes 10–18), and total 18 holes.

“Double or Nothing,” is one of golf’s most “classic” and most “popular” wagers.


The amount of the “bet” is established — often $2 or $5 — for “each” nine with a third bet for the “overall” 18-hole match. Points are calculated by “scoring” each hole as a “separate” match. The player with the “lowest” score on a hole “wins” a point. If the scores “tie” for a hole, this results in a “push,” or no points won or lost.

Often there is a “side” bet offered during a “Double or Nothing” match by the side that is “losing” in an effort to even their “money” for either the front nine, back nine or overall.

If the player who “presses” (offers the press) then “beats” his opponent over the remaining holes on a given nine, he “wins” the press bet. In effect it is a “double-or-nothing” proposition.

When a side/overall is two or more points “down” in the match, they may “request” a press. The opposition has the option to “accept or reject” the press, although it is “usually” accepted.


The press bet runs for only the “remaining” holes to be played on either the front nine or back nine holes. In addition, a press on “overall” (the entire 18 holes) by the losing opponent will “continue” throughout the match.

Press bets can themselves be “pressed” if the player falls two points behind on the press bet. The “amount” of the press bet is the same as the “original” match bet. For example, in a $2 “Double or Nothing,” presses are for $2.

This is basically a “double-or-nothing” proposition for the player in the lead.

As with any golf game, players of greatly different “abilities” can compete. Handicaps are used to determine how many “strokes” one player must give another.


See you at the first tee…


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