How to Play Golf Darts?

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Key Takeaways

  • Golf darts can be played on a standard dartboard
  • Can be played with as many numbers of players as you like
  • Golf darts is a fun game played over 9 or 18 rounds
  • The player with the lowest score (strokes) at the end of the game is the winner
  • Can be played by both beginners and experienced players

What Is Golf Darts?

Much like many practice games, golf darts takes inspiration from the game it is named after.

You may or may not be familiar with the intricacies of golf as a sport, but you don’t have to be, to play the game on a dartboard.

I will explain the ins and outs during the rest of my article. When explaining the dart’s version of golf, lots of the same vocabulary is used, however I will gear it towards darts terms throughout 

Can You Play Golf on a Standard Dartboard?

Many people think you can only play the game on a golf dartboard, however that’s not strictly true, as it can also be enjoyed on standard dartboards

How to Play Golf Darts?

Really and truly, it is a game that can played with as few as two players, but as many as you can fit in the room.

I do feel it is suited to playing with a large group, though bear in mind the more players that play the game, the longer it will take to finish. So smaller numbers may be better if you like faster games.

How to Play Golf Darts?

  • Golf darts are played over 9 or 18 rounds (holes)
  • Players can choose to throw three darts per round
  • The score at the end of each round is added to the running score
  • The objective of the game is to be the player with the lowest score

What Are the Rules of Golf Darts?

The golf darts rules are as follows:

  • The first round starts at number 1
  • The round is finished when all players have completed their turn throwing
  • The second round starts at number 2 
  • Each round in the game moves onto the next number in sequential order, so 3,4,5 and 6 etc
  • The scores are calculated for each player after their throw is complete
  • A player doesn’t have to throw all three of their darts 
  • The last dart thrown is the only one that counts as a scoring dart
  • If you hit a double, which is worth 0 strokes, with your first dart you don’t need to throw the other two
  • The player with the least amount of stokes at the end of the game is the winner
  • Golf darts can be played over 9 or 18 rounds  

How to Score in a Golf Darts Game?

Scoring is relatively straight forward in golf darts, and the aim of the game is to score as low as possible:

  1. Doubles count as a hole in one and zero strokes 
  2. A dart in the treble counts as 3 strokes
  3. If a dart lands in the small single, it counts as 4 strokes
  4. Landing in the large single also counts as 4 strokes
  5. Missing the segment completely is worth 5 strokes 

Regardless of how many players you are playing with, there are a lot of rounds, and it can take a while to complete the game. Even longer if you are playing over 18 rounds with 8 or more players.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep an organized scoring system. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated: Two columns, the rounds in the left column and the score in the right column for each player.

Golf Darts Scoresheet

Popular Strategies and Tips 

  • Aim for at least one treble during each round – Scoring consistently in the treble segment will score well in golf darts, so go for what you are confident with
  • Going for the double is high risk but high reward – It may be worth the risk if you are trailing far behind, but not so much if you are in a tight game or in the lead. Choose when it is the best time to for the hole in one as opposed to going for it with every dart
  • Go for the double with your first dart – The last dart a player throws only counts towards their score, so if you miss with your first dart, you have two darts to bring your score down. If you hit the double with your first dart, remember, you don’t have to throw your remaining two darts.
  • Know your skill levels – if you are an advanced darts player, you may want to go for the double with your second dart as well, if you feel confident in your ability to hit a hole in one 

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