What Is Flags (Flag Competition)?
If a player plays past the flag of their competitor they are
I’m PGA Professional Todd Kolb for About.com. We’re going to talk about a golf competition called Flags.So in the flags format of competition in golf the process is pretty simple. We’re going to take our handicap, we’re going to add it to the par for the golf course that we’re playing and we’re going to come up with a number. So, let’s say my handicap is 18 and the par for the golf course that we’re playing today is 72. 72 plus 18 is 90. So I have 90 strokes to work with until I have to put my flag in the ground. Now, wherever that spot happens to be on the golf course is where I would finish my round and would determine how much of the golf course I could play.So, as an example, if my 90th stroke happened in the middle of the 17th fairway, I would put my flag down in the middle of the 17th fairway. If any of my competitors are able to move beyond the point of where my flag is at and have not hit their allotted number of strokes, then they—of course—would be declared the winner, or would have done better than I would have. So the winner in this event is determined by the person who plays as many holes as possible before using their allotted number of strokes. For more information, visit About.com.