Golf has quickly become one of the most popular sports in the world to bet on. The main reason for this is that it’s so accessible these days. There is a tournament somewhere in the world that’s available to bet on almost 52 weeks of the year and it’s this sort of consistency that professional bettors simply thrive on.
The coverage of the game is now as big as ever as well. The UK have fantastic coverage of both the PGA Tour and European Tour from Sky Sports whilst the US have a dedicated cable channel in the Golf Channel which is literally just golf around the clock. What we have found is that coverage on this sort of scale not only propels the sport but it increases the likelihood that bookmakers are to cover these events in bigger detail. If they know the audience is there, then it’s pretty safe to say that most bookmakers will provide a pretty solid base.
When sports like this get this sort of exposure, it’s only a good thing for bettors. Bookmakers are always on the look out to try and out do each other in some form. This competition is extremely healthy for people like you and us who are looking for the most comprehensive golf betting section going. We think we have 5 top candidates below of which we think are the best golf betting bookmakers in the industry.
Best Golf Betting Sites
#1 – Coral
Coral top our list with one of the most complete golf packages that we have tested. Their opening positive comes in their market coverage. It’s often interesting to see which sites take bias to a certain tour, if any. What we’ve found, and you will be able to read this below, is that often one tour gets more coverage than the other. Coral seem to have found a nice balance in what’s on offer from their site giving both the PGA Tour and European Tour excellent coverage. The money lies within the PGA Tour, but we think that their Irish roots make the European equivalent fall close to their hearts.
Coral always seem keen to offer up ante post markets which, if you are familiar with golf betting, will know that this is something that isn’t all that common. At the time of writing this article we are coming towards the end of the season (mid Fed Ex Cup) but Coral already have markets up for all of next years majors and even markets on the Ladies majors.
Coral have recently introduced their ‘Golf Guarantee’ promotion as well which means that they offering live betting from the very first tee off on the first day right through to the last putt on the last day. To be honest, we didn’t actually realise that this was a ‘thing’ as such, but it turns out it is! If you are looking to bet on markets from the get go, then Coral must be somewhere that you try out.
As a final point, we just want to make you aware that Coral run multiple offers for golf throughout the year. They range in how generous they are but you can often find enhanced prices for players and even acca insurance if one of your picks lets you down. Keep an eye out around the time of the majors as this is often when they are at their most generous!
#2 – BetVictor
BetVictor take second place in our golf betting section and to be honest, it was nip and tuck with them and the others below. BetVictor continue to provide a really solid betting alternative to Coral for golf. They are a company who tend to not do thing by half’s and whilst it’s been tough for them to ever really grasp that top spot in any of our sports betting reviews, they have never been far away.
They cover a really strong array of competitions and whilst both tours are covered, they probably cover the women’s game as well as anyone. Their markets are of a good standard, without ever really being mind blowing, but they are able to offer some interesting selections such as their 3 and 2 ball markets that are perfect for forming an accumulator bet, if you so wish.
There isn’t a massive amount of extra features to choose from on site, but as a final point, and arguably most important, their pricing is consistently right up, if not best priced on a lot of markets in the industry. If you are a player that isn’t all that bothered about the gimmicks and all about making sure you get an ultra competitive price on your bets, then BetVictor are an easy choice for you.
#3 – Betfred
Not a bookmaker known for their golf coverage, Betfred have actually made quite a few strides in terms of coverage of the sport over the last few years. This arguably says as much about how popular golf has become to bet on than anything else, but it’s always nice to see bookmakers expand.
They don’t really do anything out of the ordinary or anything that the above bookmakers don’t do. They have good market coverage, they provide interesting live betting options and they also have a more than competitive pricing structure as well. As we said, nothing really out of the ordinary, just a really solid golf section that would be fine to use for most bettors.
Their highlight probably comes from their coverage of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golfers Association). There are bookmakers out there that do include LPGA matches, but Betfred seem to cover them most weeks, which is the best coverage we have come across so far. If the ladies golf game is something that you interested in betting on, then we reckon Betfred will be your best bet!
#4 – Ladbrokes
Ladbrokes make up our final position, but that’s not being detrimental to their golf betting section. Unfortunately for them, above are four bookmakers that are about as solid as you are going to get for the sport, and whilst Ladbrokes do a steady job of keeping up, they don’t quite include quite as many markets or have that consistently competitive pricing that the other four do.
We’ve mentioned their new design before, but we must say it seems to work particularly well with golf. Often when you are betting on more than one market it’s tough flick between more than one market but the new design allows you to bring several markets that you are betting on to one page to manage them as they progress. It’s a small feature but it’s something that we were really pleased to see included.
How to Bet on Golf
One of the best things about golf being so readily available these days is that the exposure of the sport has massively increased. This means that there is so much more information available to you from reputable sources meaning you can make much more informed picks and decisions on your bets.
One thing we would highly recommend is using these types of sites to go and see who’s betting on what. There are multiple bookmakers that actually employ people to write these types of articles of which you can access for free. One thing to also be aware of is that the majority of these people will run social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. You can even find ex and current pros offering their advice on betting picks.
The bookmakers that we have chosen above should all give you a decent base in which to place the majority of your bets. Whilst we have ranked them 1-5 we have tried to include as much information as possible for you to form your own decision. Even though Coral are ranked 1st, it might be that Ladbrokes, ranked 5th will be a better suit. You can view these bookmakers for free to see what they have on offer and we would say that spending a bit of time before you start betting will pay dividends in the long run. As with all forms of betting, the more time you put in to these sorts of things, the more you will get out in the longs run.
- To Win Outright – Pretty self-explanatory, basically chose which player you think will win the whole tournament.
- Top 10 finish – Select which player you think will finish in the top 10 of the tournament
- Top European/American/Australian/Rest of the World – Choose which player from each part of the world will finish highest ranked. If two or more players are tied then bookmakers will pay out on all results.
- 1st Round 3 Balls – You can select the winner of the 3 ball groupings. It doesn’t matter where they are in the tournament all the need to do is be the highest ranked player from that three ball.
- 1st Round Leader – Simply chose the leader of tournament after the first round. Where they finish after is irrelevant for this market.
- Top 5 Finish – Select a player to finish in the top 5 at the end of the tournament. Any tied positions are included in this market.
- 1st Round Six Shooter – A bookmaker will select 6 players of which you need to select which player will be the highest ranked out of the 6 at the end of the first round.
It’s worth noting that markets for the above 1st round selections will change to 2nd, 3rd and 4th round markets as well when the time comes.
Golf Betting Rules
As with all sports, there are times when unforeseen circumstances arise and that event cannot be completed. Golf requires at least 36 holes to be played for the result to stand and essentially the result will come down to whoever gets awarded the trophy at the end of play. Generally though, if the bets have been settled then the result will stand and the price will be paid as if its been completed.
Each way betting is tricky area when it comes to betting on golf. Dead heat rules will apply to positions that are taken up of multiple players. If more than one player is deemed to have finished in the paid positions for this market then the winnings will be divided by the number of players holding these positions. For example, most bookmakers will pay out at ¼ the odds for these places. The odds for the players in the placed positions will then be divided by however many there are. So a 20/1 pick would be quartered to 5/1 for the place, then depending on how many other players are in this spot, will be divided again.
Group bets will be paid out to the player with the lowest score after the allotted number of holes. If you are betting on just groups then in the event of a tie, dead heat rules will apply. If you are betting on groups for the entire tournament then ties will result in push and stakes will be refunded. If a player is removed before the start of the match then Rule 4 will be applied, meaning that the odds will be adjusted to reflect their exclusion.
- Withdrawal from Competition – If a player withdraws from the competition before it starts then bookmakers are allowed to bring in the 4 (c) Rule which means they can change the matched odds prices on the rest of the field. Depending on the odds of the player omitted from the event will depend on how much the odds change for the rest of the field.
- Number of Holes – Where competitions are reduced in terms of number of holes played then bets will stand as long as the winner has played at least 36 holes. Under 36 holes and all bets will become void on the outright winner market.