Top 3 Side Games to Add a Little Extra Fun (and Bets) to Your Golf Round18 Birdies News

Whether you're playing for money or just playing for bragging rights, here are 18Birdies' Top 3 Side Games that our users play in the app to make golf more fun.

Who doesn’t love a little side game action when you’re playing a round of golf with friends? If you’ve never played a side game before  – then you’re missing out. They’re called “side games” and in the 18Birdies app, we make it easier for you to keep track and play those games while scoring and playing a round in the app. You can place bets (for cash, beers or someone’s Scotty Cameron...) or you can just play to add a little friendly competition. Whatever you decided to wager, that’s up to you, but playing side games can definitely make things that much more interesting!

We have the classics that you may already be familiar with like Skins, Nassau, and Vegas (a Team 18Birdies favorite). We also have games we created just for the app, like Rolling Strokes, Points, and Targets. We have our favorites, and it looks like our users do to!

Here are the Top 3 Side Games our users are playing in the app:

The third most-played side game in the app is Dots (aka Junk). We can tell that our users enjoy the flexibility of keeping track of points in many different ways in our app. In Dots, you win points for specific achievements, like long drive, closest to the pin, lowest score, and so much more. Read this to go more in depth so you can learn all the ways to play and score Dots, all of which you can right from your phone!

The second most played game? Points (also called Pointers).

The Points betting game in the app provides a flexible framework that allows you to play whichever way you like. Choose the number of betting units that correspond to each point, and then as you play, manually add points to each player’s total to reflect their on course performance. There are many variations to the way people play, so we account for that in the app. 

And last, but definitely not least by a long shot (over 14,000 users!), the #1 side game played in the app is...


This is best for a highly-competitive bunch. Don’t know how to play? It’s easy. Each hole is a separate match. The player with the lowest score on a hole wins a skin. In the event of a tie, skins can carry over to the next hole. At the end of the game, the difference in total skins between you and other players will be your final win-loss – with each losing player owing the winner the number of points associated with the difference. 

Golfers can decide how many different categories they want included in the game, increasing the competitive atmosphere, because you are playing for a variety of points on every shot. Plus, there’s very little setup and the app automatically tracks your side games for you!

Don’t see a side game in the app that you enjoy and think others would too? Let us know! Drop us a line at or DM Team 18Birdies in the app. 

What is your favorite side game to play in the app? Let us know in the comments below!

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