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.
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.
As bookmakers start to publish odds, 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:
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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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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.
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.
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Once the action gets underway then it's all about the in-play markets. 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.
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.