Best Bookmakers For Golf Betting

Which Are The Best Bookmakers For Betting On Golf?

If you're serious about your betting on golf then you'll already know that to take full advantage of the prices and offers out there you'll need to have accounts with a number of key bookmakers. This is for two reasons primarily: firstly, odds can vary massively from one bookmaker to another - it's not unusual to see a player at 50/1 with one firm and 100/1 or more with another; secondly, and of equal importance, the markets covered, special offers, each-way terms and a number of other factors vary from one layer to another and these can and should influence who you choose to place your bets with.

We often get asked exactly which are the best bookmakers for golf betting and why - in order to answer that question, Paul Williams walks us through a typical golf betting week and how different punting factors can influence which bookie is key at any particular point in time.

Monday's Best Bookmakers For Golf

Whether you've just collected your winnings from last week's events or you've dusted yourself down after a final round capitulation from your remaining hope, Mondays are the day when the slate's wiped clean and we can start building our player portfolio for this week's golf tournaments that typically start on Thursday.

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Picking up a decent win on a Monday is golf betting heaven!

The first bookmaker to publish prices on a Monday is most typically bet365 and having a funded account ready to pounce on any prices that are out of kilter with your expectations can be critical. Being the first to publish often means that over-generous prices can be found and if you already have an idea of who you're backing and what your price expectations are then bet365's early markets - which are usually published around Monday lunchtime on the European Tour and a couple of hours later on the PGA Tour - have to be studied in detail.

As the other bookmakers start to catch up, it's evident that an awful lot of price copying occurs. This means that you're seldom going to find an outlying price from the mainstream bookies, however 2 exceptions to the rule are typically Stan James and Bet Fred. Both publish their markets a little later than the others, however their odds are often significantly different on key players and having an account with both will give you the flexibility to take advantage of any price disparities if they're offering better odds on one of your fancies:

In full-field events, most bookmakers will offer 1/4 odds each-way for players who finish in the top 5. Around the Majors and selected other key events, some bookmakers will go the extra mile and add an additional place (or two at the biggest events such as The Open) however one bookmaker who regularly offers 6 places each-way even on the run-of-the-mill tournaments is Paddy Power. Very often you'll find that Paddy are the only bookie to extend each-way terms and if the price is good enough then betting 6 places rather than 5 is an absolute no-brainer.

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Paddy Power have gone 7 places each way at the Open Championship every year since 2009

Coral give punters the option of either 5 or 6 places each way on most full-field events, so checking their prices is critical and again if the odds are acceptable then grab that extra place. The 6 place market always contains shorter prices than the 5 place market as you might expect, however it's always worth checking before placing your bets.

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Coral offer enhanced win-only, 5 places and 6 places each-way markets for most full-field golf events on the PGA and European Tour

Tuesday & Wednesday's Best Bookmakers For Golf

All of the major bookmakers will typically have their PGA Tour and European Tour markets complete by Monday evening, however there can sometimes be half a dozen or more events happening globally when you include the minor tours, women's and seniors golf. If you're looking for a punt on a wider range of Tours, perhaps to complete a mad multiple or perm, then the best bookmaker bar none is Sky Bet. With odds on Tours ranging from the Challenge Tour to Asian, Japan, Australisian and Q-School, their coverage of golf betting is unrivalled.

Sky Bet also offer short-term price boosts on selected players from time-to-time, so keeping an eye on their website and promotional emails is critical. This isn't just for golf of course, once a Sky Bet customer you'll get access to a multitude of offers and enhanced prices plus their ongoing Sky Bet Club where you can qualify for a £5 free bet each week. For more on this offer read our bookmaker loyalty program guide.

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Sky Bet customers get access to many Price Boosts on key sporting events including football & horse racing as well as golf

The exchange markets also increase in liquidity as the early part of the week progresses and you'll often find some huge prices available on betfair for players who haven't been tipped up by the major websites and newspapers. You can find out more about golf trading through our basic guide here, however suffice it to say that betfair is the place to find the biggest range of markets and, crucially, the most money available to trade.

Thursday Through To Sunday - Best Bookies For Golf

Once the action gets underway then it's all about the in-play markets. The best bookmaker for in-play golf betting is bet365 with a comprehensive range of markets including in-play 3-ball or 2-ball betting, winner of the next hole and winner of the next 3 hole markets amongst others.

Bet365 also allow you to cash out win-only bets, plus they have their innovative 'partial cash-out' option which allows you to bank some of your potential winnings while letting the remainder ride. If you want to have the option to cash out each-way bets though, Paddy Power is your best and only option at the time of writing. For more on cash out read our article here.

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Paddy Power are the only bookmaker who currently offer a cash out option for each-way golf bets

The alternative of course to cash out is the exchanges and for experienced users of betfair there's no better option when it comes to laying a bet.


Trading golf on betfair is still the most flexible option available if you like to exit a bet early

Other Considerations

If you like the flexibility of being able to place your bet online but enjoy the buzz of collecting your winnings in cash, then Coral is the bookmaker for you. 'Coral Connect' is the single wallet programme that allows you to bet and collect online and in their numerous shops with a single account.

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Coral Connect allows you to collect your winnings in cash if you prefer

Finally, when it comes to payouts you don't want to feel short-changed if you've hit the jackpot. Maximum payouts vary from bookmaker to bookmaker. For the latest details of maximum payout limits on golf click here.

This is our view of the best bookmakers for golf betting, however don't just take our word for it - if you'd like to read reviews on all of the main bookmakers from dozens of regular golf punters then read our bookie reviews here. For more golf-related content from around the web read our best golf betting sites article.

Last updated 17.2.17. Author Paul Williams, Find us on Google+

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