Our 18-hole golf league is always looking for ways to have a little fun with our serious golf. This year I organized an event around an Alice in Wonderland/Queen of Hearts theme. The first game below is played on the golf course. It is a simple little team game that doesn’t get in the way of real golf. The second game, “Off With Her Head” takes five to ten minutes and is played at the table before lunch. Have fun!
Queen of Hearts Tournament
(This note was put in each golf cart.)
How to Play: This is a team game. Look in your goodie bag for a playing card. This is your suit.
Play a regular round of golf. When you reach the green, look in the hole to find a spade, club, heart, or diamond. If it is your suit, record your score (minus your handicap dots) as the team score for that hole. If you find a Queen of Hearts card in the hole, your team may choose any player’s score for that hole. If you have less than a four-some, alternate scores when the missing suit is found in the hole. The team with the lowest net score will win a special place in our hearts and points for the event.
Hole 9 – The White Rabbit left a trail. (a chalk line down the fairway) The player with the ball closest to the trail wins a prize.
Hole 12 – Alice entered Wonderland by going down a rabbit hole. If your ball is closest to the hole, you win!
Winner of the Queen of Hearts’ Tournament will be the player with the lowest individual net score.
OFF WITH HER HEAD !
Queen of Hearts Table Game
Everyone has heard of Louis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and his wild and weird characters: The Chesshire cat, the Mad Hatter, Dweedle Dee and Dweedle Dum. The Queen of Hearts was ruthless. She loved to play croquet without rules. Anyone breaking her rules would be threatened with “Off with their heads!”
The Queen, Jabberwacky, the White Rabbit all spoke in confusing riddles. Here are a few riddles you may not have read in the story. Everyone stand please. Each of the Queen’s riddles describes someone at your table. After each rhyme, select that woman, point to her and shout: “Off with her head!” She will then sit down.
1) The Queen of Hearts loves colors bright.
Those without, must hide from sight.
Who ‘round your table has the least red?
Point to her … “Off with her head!” (Please sit down)
2)The Chesshire cat grinned like a clown
though the Queen of Hearts ordered a frown.
Who among you has the best smile instead?
Single her out . . . “Off with her head!”
3) The Mad Hatter dearly loved his chapeau.
That angered the Queen, made him her foe.
The fanciest hat shows you’re well-bred,
but it also means . . . “Off with your head!”
4) The royal crown is encrusted with jewels,
but up-staging the Queen is only for fools.
If you wear the most bling, you should have sped.
The Queen is after you… “Off with your head!”
5) Alice swallowed a pill to make herself small.
The Queen of Hearts didn’t like that at all.
The smallest of you, has much to dread.
The Queen has ordered . . .“Off with your head!”
6) Alice took another pill, but that wasn’t wise.
She cut the Queen down to size.
The tallest of you know what her majesty said.
Sit down now or it’s… “Off with your head!”
7) The Queen of Hearts hates to be bested.
It’s the height of fashion to be flat-chested.
Which at the table needs most to be fed?
Point to her. Yell, “Off with your head!”
8) The Queen of Hearts was a jealous bride.
She keeps the King close to her side.
Which of you was most recently wed?
She’ll scream at you… “Off with her head!”
9)Our game of golf is not like croquet,
We hit the ball and have a nice day.
If your net score is lowest, go back to bed.
Your rival has won. “Off with your head!”
I made these up and would be happy if you used them. Yes, they are silly, but grown women of all ages smiled and had fun with it. Enjoy!