Taken from wikipedia post found here.
Like the game of Golf, however, Pub Golf does have the standard 9 or 18 different “holes”; that is, each bar is considered a “hole”. The bars to be visited during the game are predetermined and numbered; these numbers determine the order in which each bar will be visited. Prior to playing the game, a par number (ranging from 1 to 5) also needs to be determined for each bar. E.g. Hole “5” (at Pub #5)- Par 4= One pint of beer.
The par number represents how many drinks/sips/gulps it should take to complete the drink assigned. Therefore, in the example given, at hole 5, if the pint of beer is completed in 4 drinks, the person drinking that pint is awarded a par. However many drinks it takes to complete the assigned drink should be recorded on a scorecard. (Thus, 5 drinks @ Hole 5= +1 to your score).
The drinks assigned to the different “holes” (pubs) should vary, and should be reasonable when taking into account the par number (number of gulps it takes to finish). A simple shot, for example, should suffice for a par one.
A time limit for each hole must also be determined before the game is played. Thirty minutes is generally sufficient, but it can vary depending on your party size and focus.
There are many different variations of pub golf played, and some games add hazards to the course. Eg. Certain holes can be assigned as having a water hazard. This means that the restroom cannot be used while playing that hole, or else a penalty stroke is given.
Scores are kept on individual score cards, and each person keeps track of how many drinks/sips/gulps taken to finish the assigned drink for that hole. If the number of drinks/sips/gulps is the same as the par number, then that participant receives a par for that hole. Assigned drinks can be finished with fewer or more drinks/sips/gulps than the par number assigned, and so a contestant will receive their hole score as such. The goal is similar to golf in that it is to end the game with the lowest score. Prizes are often awarded in the end as an incentive to strive for a lower score.
As with any game, there are rules and order that must be followed. There are some actions that will cost a participant one or more extra strokes. The penalties and their resulting strokes should be predetermined, and generally consist of the following.
- +1 stroke = Spilling a drink
- +1 stroke = Going to a bathroom in a water hazard
- +2 strokes = Falling down
- +2 strokes = For every hole missed. This penalty is most commonly incurred by individuals who have a family dinner prior to the event and therefore are expected to miss half the game, even though it’s their birthday party.
- +2 strokes = Being refused a drink or kicked out of a bar
- +5 strokes = Cheating
- +10 strokes = Throwing Up
- +20 strokes = Starting fights with other golfers