Bingo Bango Bongo
Bingo Bango Bongo

A popular points system game, Bingo Bango Bongo applies three points to every hole. A minimum of two players is required to play the game. The rules of this game are straight forward and ideal for the beginner golfer. Each hole has three points; the bingo point, bango point, and bongo point.


To win the Bingo point, you must be the first person to get onto the green. It is essential to follow the Order of Play for the game to be worthwhile. After the tee shot, the person whose ball is furthest from the green is the next person to take their chance. The beginner golfers often have the advantage as they may not drive the ball as far as the more experienced players.


When all players balls are on the green, the Bango point goes to the person closest to the hole. The advantage to the beginner golfer is they still have an excellent chance to get closest to the hole regardless of the number of shots it took them to get to the green.


Finally, the Bongo point goes to the person who first holes out. You could win the hole with a quadruple-bogey if you hole out before someone who pars or birdies the hole. The ball furthest from the hole is the first to putt. All three points lend themselves to provide an advantage to the beginner.

Deciding on the Bingo Bango Bongo Winner

At the end of the round, tally all points from each hole. The golfer with the most points wins the game. The game is played with or without a wager. If playing for a bet, the group decides the amount for each score, and all players chip in. If each point is worth $1 and there are four players in the group, each player will contribute $13.50.

An example scorecard to record the points for each hole is illustrated below. You can see that Player 2 is the more experienced golfer, however, Player 1 won the most points for Bingo Bango Bongo. Player 2 scored an overall round total of 76 strokes compared to Player 1 who scored 107. Player 1 on the other hand, won more Bingo, Bango, Bongo points to win the side the game.

This is an example where a beginner golfer can compete with a more experienced golfer.

Bingo Bango Bongo Scorecard
Bingo Bango Bongo Scorecard

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