Backyard Golf Games for Weekend Play

Are you tired of the same old yard games? Do you want something new to challenge that will also help lower your handicap? Look no further than the many options you have with backyard golf games. They’ll bring a new twist and some welcome fun for both children and adults.

Let’s delve into the possibilities.

Types of Backyard Golf Games

You’ll find a lot of choices that take golfing to another level. Some combine it with other favorites to offer an entirely different form of play. Others like skins are competition within a group. The most important ingredient with all these variations is fun.

Popular Combos for Backyard Golf Games

Who says that you must play golf just with clubs on a course? These backyard golf games prove that there are many ways to get that ball in the hole. These variations will test all golfers of any skill level.

1. Chippo

Chippo is what you get when you take the board from cornhole with your wedge to work on your chipping. The playing surface has two small holes in the back and a larger one in the center. A chipping mat sits in front of the mainboard. There are two sets, placed 15 feet apart.

You can play with the standard cornhole rules with innings and a 21-point winning score. If you want to keep it like golf, then opt for match play where opponents try to win the hole with the highest score.

Where you land the ball determines the number of points you get. If it lands on the mainboard and not in a hole, you get one point. One in the center opening gets you three points. Chipping it to one of the back holes gives you five points. And if you hit the chipping mat, you’ll double your score. Alternatively, you can use the mat as your tee and hit it to the mainboard.

GoSports BattleChip Tour Backyard Golf Cornhole Game – Includes 2 Targets, 2 Chipping Mats, 16 Foam Golf Balls, Scorecard and Carry Case
  • BATTLECHIP: An exciting new hybrid between golf and cornhole for the ultimate outdoor game; Easy to learn and fun for all skills levels; Includes 3 foot x 2 foot target, hitting mat, 16 color foam balls and carry case
  • TOURNAMENT PLAY: Dynamic gameplay over the course of 9 holes; Players move the included chipping mat around the play area and aim for the target main hole to score the most points, just watch for the water and sand hazards
  • CHIPPING IRON NOT INCLUDED: We made this game affordable so B.Y.O.C., Bring Your Own Club! We recommend using a Wedge, Sand Wedge or Lob Wedge for maximum enjoyment of BattleChip
  • KIDS AND ADULTS: You do not need to be a pro golfer to become BattleChip champ, it is a hole in one for all skill levels
  • ULTRA PORTABLE: Constructed from sturdy yet lightweight PVC, the game assembles in less than a minute and stores in the compact carrying case weighing in under 10 pounds

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2. BirdieBall

BirdieBall is another game that will help to improve your chipping. This one combines golf with another popular backyard game, bocce ball. This version uses a special ball of the same name. It is a plastic cylinder that you can hit like a regular golf ball with a shorter flight distance. You can use your wedge to play.

Some BirdieBall sets include a target, which consists of a flag and small, weighted nylon bag. The object is to hit the ball into it without going out of bounds. That will cost you a point. The first player to reach your pre-set score wins the game.

Another variation that ups the difficulty resembles bocce ball. This time, you’ll use one of the BirdieBalls as your jack and set it upright after pitching it with your wedge. The players will use high-density foam golf balls to try to get closest to the target. You can add another riff on the game by making it a winner-takes-all if someone lands their ball on top of the BirdieBall.

BirdieBall Set: Practice Golf Balls, Strike Pad and Birdie Target | 1 Dozen Full Swing Limited Flight Practice Balls, Training Strike Mat, and Practice Target
  • Seeing is Believing! Watch our Video – Like a golf ball, the BirdieBall flies with reverse spin around its horizontal axis. Allowing you to draw and fade, you’ll know you’ve made good contact by the gratifying sound and feel produced after a pure strike
  • True Feel and Flight – BirdieBall has a limited flight distance of about 40 yards from a full impact swing but feels & flies like a real golf ball. BirdieBall spins exactly like a golf ball and gives you true swing feedback with a rewarding flight & sound
  • Practice Anywhere - The accompanying StrikePad allows you to hit BirdieBalls anywhere. If you don’t have 40 yards of grass, you can throw the StrikePad down on pavement, concrete, the gym floor, and any other surface to be able to take golf anywhere
  • Birdie Target - Pop the Birdie Target all the way up for a basket type target, close the target on one side for a half-moon type target, or collapse on both sides for a flat target. The flag also collapses and both components fit into a carry bag provided with the Birdie Target
  • Effective and Fun – the award-winning BirdieBall has been used at golf training schools, endorsed by teaching pros, and enjoyed by golfers of every age and skill. Practice full swings or chip shots anywhere. Perfect for parks or home practice areas

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3. Disc Golf

Disc golf combines the strategy of making the hole with the lowest number of shots with the fast action of a frisbee. And it’s more challenging than you may think. What began as a street game has morphed into professional leagues and its own organization, the Professional Disc Golf Association. The gameplay is like its namesake with 9 or 18-hole courses located all across the United States.

You can also set up your own mini-course with practice baskets and various hazards, like a low-hanging tree or backyard pond. The advantage of this riff on backyard golf games is that it has a cardio element. It takes some muscle to throw that frisbee around the yard.

Remix Double Chain Practice Basket for Disc Golf - Royal Blue
  • The affordable Remix Double Chain Basket is designed for high-level practice and is easily portable. Its lightweight metal chains make it an excellent disc golf practice basket.
  • DESIGN: Created with 24 Zinc coated chains in 2 layers with 12 chains a piece, this basket is made of metal, is heavy duty, and is perfect for outside environments.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: The practice target is easy to move around and assemble with no tools needed. It can be put up or taken down within minutes and is light enough to easily move around the yard.
  • FUN FOR ALL: From new players to skilled experts, the Remix Double Chain Practice basket is perfect for your tournament training or for family fun in the backyard or at a tailgate.
  • DIMENSIONS: The basket weighs 26.5 pounds and built to standard PDGA height and size regulations.

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Other Variations of Backyard Golf Games

Another way to up your game is to find an enjoyable way to practice a certain aspect of your gameplay to improve it while having fun. Let’s face it. Hitting balls at the driving range gets boring after a while.

4. PutterBall

PutterBall, as the name implies, focuses on your short game. It is also the one most like golf with a fun, competitive twist. It consists of a high-density foam mat with 12 holes like a rack of pool balls at either end. There are covers for each of the openings that fit for an even surface. You can use your putter or a mini-golf version.

You play with two players or two teams if you have a group. The object of the game is to land six putts on the opposing side first. As you sink one, you place a cover over the hole. Once one group reaches six, the other side gets a chance to counter if they can make their six without missing. A variation of this game is to make it a chipping game and elevate one side.

PutterBall Golf Pong Game Set The Original - Includes 2 Putters, 2 Golf Balls, Green Putting Pong Golf Mat, Hole Covers & Carrying Case- Best Backyard Party Golf Game Set
  • FUN FOR EVERYBODY: Golf, what's not to love? You don’t need to be a pro golfer to to enjoy PutterBall. Learning PutterBall is extremely easy and the combination of golfing and pong is a blast to play!
  • BRING IT ANYWHERE: PutterBall is ultra portable. Bring it to the beach, your backyard, your office or even your house party for the ultimate golf pong gaming experience!
  • SETS UP IN MINUTES: PutterBall is super simple, easy and quick to set up. Simply take it out from the carrying case, unfold and you’re ready to game!
  • BUILT TO LAST: The PutterBall board is made of high quality and high-density foam that is extremely durable and lightweight. Play how you like, PutterBall is built to last!
  • SATISFACTION: If you are not satisfied or happy with our PutterBall Golf Pong Game Set, please contact us so we can make it right. We’re that confident that you’ll love PutterBall!

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5. Flagsticks

Flagsticks or drains tests your accuracy when chipping or putting, depending on how you set up your pins. A popular variation is to get three in a circle with a set distance apart. You can challenge yourself or play against an opponent. The object is to get to a set number of points first. Each hole counts as one point.

You begin by the players all trying to sink it at the same time. If you make it, you go onto the next one. If you don’t, you have to keep trying until you do. Meanwhile, your opponent is still trying to score and get points. You can also practice distance shots by lining up the flagsticks at increasing feet apart.

KINGTOP Miniature Golf Flagstick, Practice Putting Green Flags for Yard, Golf Pin Flag Hole Cup Set, Portable 2-Section Design, 3ft Flagpole, Indoor | Outdoor, White Flag Numbered #1 2 3, 3-Pack
  • No Dead Angle- Kingtop double-layer numeric golf flag display clearly from any angle when you are practicing chipping and putting on your backyard putting green
  • Fade Resistant- After 3 months of sun exposure, the double-side golf flag remains as new, while the single-layer flag has faded badly
  • Stand Upright- Double sides putting green flags provide a more impressive and majestic appearance with better standing performance
  • Upgraded Materials- Made with premium 420D nylon putting flag, fiberglass pole, 420D nylon numbers flag, and ABS plastomer hole cup materials for improved durability and longevity
  • Unique- Innovative compact 2 sections design being portable for indoor/ outdoor putting green.

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6. Floating Target Golf Game

Now, if you really want to up the stakes, make your target a floating one. This one includes a floating mat that you can use in your pool or a calm lake. You can then chip from the shore, dock, or poolside at a flagstick you can place on it. The challenge, of course, is that you have a moving target.

You can play it like a bocce ball match with the closest shot getting the point. The loser will then have to jump in the water to retrieve the balls. It’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

SwimWays Pro-Chip Spring Golf Floating Pool Game
  • MULTI-USE: Chip onto your floating island or set up in the backyard for multi-use play!
  • ALL SKILL LEVELS: Whether your on the course every Sunday or just picking up a club, Pro-Chip Spring Gold is fun for golfers of all skill levels
  • PORTABLE: Includes carry bag and folds back into its original size for easy portability and storage
  • DIMENSIONS: Measures 64"L x 38.75"W x 1.5"H and weighs less than 2 lbs.
  • GAME INCLUDES: 1 60-inch x 44-inch Floating Green, 12 Practice Balls, 1 Chipping Mat, 1 moveable 18th hole flag, and 1 carry tote. Golf club NOT included

Last update on 2024-03-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Final Thoughts

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the sport. These backyard golf games add fun and challenges that remove the stuffiness and preconceived notions that some people have about this enjoyable pastime. Who knows? You may find that chippo or putterball is your thing.