[dropcap size=big]U[/dropcap]nlike team sports like football, baseball, hockey or basketball, most fans don’t think of fantasy sports when it comes to golf. Add on the relatively smaller audience and you’ll probably be very surprised that there is a thriving community of daily fantasy golf players having tons of fun and making money right now.
I know what you’re thinking — Really? Be still my beating heart! How do I get started?? Well, here’s an introduction to the idea of daily fantasy golf. Hopefully soon you’ll be lining your wallets and increasing your overall interest in this great game. I can see that you have a lot of questions, so here’s some answers before you even ask them:
- It’s real money
- It’s legal in most states in the United States
- You can play for as little $0.25
- Differs from online gambling as fantasy sports has been designated a game of skill.
HOW TO PLAY
Much like other fantasy sports, the way to play is to select your team — in this case, a group of players inside a given a budget. Each player has a value that is determined by their skill and track record. This keeps people from having a team that is made up of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose every week. The goal is to put together a team that can score points in as many ways as possible.
Typical ways to earn points for your team is for players to:
- make eagles, birdies and pars
- place well in the tournament
- score bonuses for birdie streaks, bogey free rounds, and hole in ones
Of course, you can lose points when your players play like garbage, making bogeys and worse all over the course.
Different sites have different rules, so make sure you check over the little details.
To give you a good idea of what a scoring system looks like, we’ll use DraftKings.com as an example:
DRAFTKINGS.COM GAME PLAY
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Number of Players
Triple Bogey or Worse
3 Birdie Streak
Bogey Free Round
Every Round in the 60s
Hole in One
Tournament 1st Place
Tournament 2nd Place
Tournament 3rd Place
Tournament 4th Place
Tournament 5th Place
Tournament 6th Place
Tournament 7th Place
Tournament 8th Place
Tournament 9th Place
Tournament 10th Place
Tournament 11-15th Place
Tournament 16-20th Place
Tournament 21-25th Place
Tournament 26-30th Place
Tournament 31-40th Place
Tournament 41-50th Place
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By now, you can see just how much easier this is compared to the other traditional sports. Each one of your golfers is playing for themselves, by themselves.
They don’t have to worry about being thrown to enough or how they perform with different men on base. There’s no referee to mess things up. This is all about the player and the different courses they play on.
- Registering your account
- Deposit Process
- How to Join a League
- Drafting Players
- Using Tools
- In-Game Experience
REGISTERING YOUR ACCOUNT
This is pretty straight forward –the only thing you have to watch out for is where you live. Currently, there are a few states that won’t allow you to play on DraftKings because of their interpretation of laws:
As you can see on the right, just come up with a fun username and I would advise setting up a new email address just for this kind of stuff, so you don’t miss any great tips, big tournaments or most importantly, your cash account status!
This is where we need to know what kind of player you want to be. I define a casual player as someone who wants to put a little money to make the action a little interesting for their weekend watching. Mainly for the majors or a particularly light weekend of nothing but couch surfing. I’d recommend just loading up a few bucks and then having fun with the small tournaments while you wait for those occasional low entry, big payout tournaments to pop up.
For the “money player,” you’re going to want to take full advantage of the deposit bonuses. This will allow you to play the maximum number of tournaments and give you a better chance at winning some cash. At the end of the day, it’s going to be a numbers game, so the more chances you give yourself, the more you can win. Just as long as you know what you’re doing — and, you do know what you’re doing, right?
The current one is listed right here:
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JOINING A LEAGUE
Start setting up a recurring alarm on your calendar for Monday afternoons because this is when most PGA contests get listed and are available for entries. You want to get in on seats because there are a limited amount, but during PGA tournament season, the prize pools
Pro Tip: Use the reserve seat function in single tournament entry mode.
Examples of DraftKings Weekly Fantasy Golf Contests
- $0.00 – PGA Freeroll
- $0.25 – PGA Quarter Arcade
- $1 – PGA Divot
- $2 – PGA Chipshot
- $5 – PGA Par 5
- $5 – PGA Caddie
- $12 – PGA Albatross
- $27 – PGA Fairway
- $109 – PGA Long Drive
- $200 – PGA Scramble
Pro Tip: Sign up for the PGA Chip Shot | $2 entry fee and $4000+ cash prize pools.
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Lastly, if fantasy golf is relatively new to you, then use your other sports knowledge to qualify for these bigger tournaments. DraftKings allows players to use their fantasy football, baseball and basketball results to qualify, so now you have no more excuses.
DraftKings gives their players a budget of $50,000 and has 6 slots on your team to fill up. Players can cost as high as $10,000 and as low as $4,500. Everyone has their own strategies
As you can see in this screenshot, all the information you need is pretty much here. You’ll have to experience the interface to see how easy it is to edit your team.
TIME TO GET STARTED
While there are other options, we’ve done a lot of research and found that DraftKings.com is the best site to try this out with. It’s a site dedicated to the daily fantasy game rather than dealing with Golf Channel or Yahoo and their adaptations of this. The bonuses are great and the variety of entry levels make this as beginner friendly as possible.
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