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If my ball is used off the tee, am I allowed to move the ball 1 club length (no closer to hole), or do I play as it lies with the players following me having the 1 club length allowance?  Is this the same greenside?  

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Yes to both. Also just because the choice is to use your ball there isn’t a requirement you be the first to play so they others don’t technically have to be following you. The guys I used to play scrambles with would typically let the better go last and on approach shots the order depending on what the strategy for the hole was

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3 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Yes to both. Also just because the choice is to use your ball there isn’t a requirement you be the first to play so they others don’t technically have to be following you. The guys I used to play scrambles with would typically let the better go last and on approach shots the order depending on what the strategy for the hole was

Good point. 

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There really are no “official rules” for scrambles.    Ultimately the organizers of the scramble set the rules.    For example I have played in events that allowed the ball to be moved one club; however the lie(rough, bunker, green) must be the same as the selected shot. That said,  I’m past scrambles that I have played everyone can move the balL in accordance with the scramble rules.   

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I've never played in a scramble where you didn't get a club length to move it regardless of who hit it.  Like cnosil mentioned you just can't change the lie from one condition to another.  When you place the ball you should absolutely give yourself the best lie possible in the conditions you have though.  Most I play also gives you a putter head left or right on the greens.

We started a modified scramble at my course that is a little different.  Everyone tee's off, but then the same person isn't allowed to hit twice in a row.  So if we took my drive then I am not allowed to hit the next shot.  Then on the greens everyone putts except on the par 3's which each have a designated single putter based off handicap.  

If you ever have any questions on the format though it's just best to ask the organizers or the proshop before teeing off.

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Like @cnosil pointed out, there really are no "rules" for a scramble format. Once a scoring format is selected (strokeplay, matchplay, stableford, etc.) you basically just abide by those rules to the extent it makes reasonable sense. It is not expected that every player will hit from the same exact spot as that could very well leave 3 out of 4 players hitting from a divot and the order in which you hit does not matter either. As @RickyBobby_PR suggested, a common strategy is to have the best player(s) in the group go last - this gives them the freedom to play more aggressively if the team already has a ball in play and allows them to get a better read on putts (usually).

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Scrambles and rules.  Now that’s funny 😂😂😂

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Maybe I'm not grasping what the OP is asking. I've never played in a scramble where all players weren't allowed to move the ball some limited distance, e.g. one club length no closer, still in a hazard if applicable. It really wouldn't make sense if the selected ball landed in a divot, how would you force all players to hit from a divot? Or if player 1 hits, do players 2-4 place their ball in player 1's divot - could be pretty nasty by player 4. So everyone plays from within a club length no closer, and the chosen ball can be rolled over as well. That applies to all shots on the course including green side, with the exception of putting, where each player should putt from as close to the exact same spot as practical.

Like others have said, scrambles usually have stated rules, there's no USGA standard.

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On 10/2/2021 at 2:38 PM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Scrambles and rules.  Now that’s funny 😂😂😂

I played with an acquaintance in a few scrambles and the only rule he had, was he drank a beer every hole and took a leak on every other hole. 🙂

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4 hours ago, GaDawg said:

I played with an acquaintance in a few scrambles and the only rule he had, was he drank a beer every hole and took a leak on every other hole. 🙂

Must have been my old boss.  He played in the Spokane Handicap Invitational Tournament every year drinking a beer a hole.

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On 10/8/2021 at 3:51 PM, Kenny B said:

Must have been my old boss.  He played in the Spokane Handicap Invitational Tournament every year drinking a beer a hole.

We had an outing out our course two years ago.  They told everyone to keep their empties in the basket of the cart as they would get to deduct 1 stroke for every 6 empty cans in the back.  😮 yikes!! 

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1 hour ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

We had an outing out our course two years ago.  They told everyone to keep their empties in the basket of the cart as they would get to deduct 1 stroke for every 6 empty cans in the back.  😮 yikes!! 

I'd pick out the trash cans. LOL

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The best scramble rule that's been adopted by most everyone in Western, NY is the automatic 2 putt.  Hit the green in 2 on a 4, guaranteed par...give it a go for birdie.  

Helps with pace of play and offers the same advantage to all teams.

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I just played in a scramble this weekend.  The rules were very simple, 1 club length for approach shots, 6 inches on the green, no closer to the hole, rough had to stay in rough, highest allowable score was bogey.

We had a side wager that included some additional stuff but that was on us - we weren't going to win the actual scramble with the team that we assembled that we did win our side bet which then rolled over to a double or nothing match play scramble at a different course on Sunday - that had a club pro playing two balls and choosing the best one from a back set of tees while we played a scramble from the senior tees. And we were allowed three call backs on his shots.  It was a 14 hole match because my friend lives off the 14th green and has the best home bar that you've ever seen.  

 

We closed him out on 13 3 and 1.  We then hit a tee shot on the par 3 15th closest to the pin for another carry over - man did he loose some money - 

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