Golf Solitaire is a card game played using a 52-card deck of standard playing cards. It gets its name from the fact that, like golf, some players play for the lowest score.
The game is easy to learn and quick to play. However, is not easy to win.
A variation of Golf Solitaire called Easy Golf Solitaire adds a feature to make winning easier: it allows a King to be placed onto an Ace and vice versa.
The goal of Golf Solitaire is to empty all the cards from the Tableau into the Foundation. To win the game, the Stock does not have to be emptied.
When the game starts, 5 face-up cards are dealt into each of the 7 Tableau columns, for a total of 35 cards. A single card is dealt face-up into the Foundation. The remaining 16 cards are placed face-down and squared into the Stock.
An exposed card is one that is completely visible. In this game, only the bottom-most card in every pile is exposed. At any point during the game the player may move an exposed card onto the Foundation as long as it is either next or prior in rank to the current top Foundation card. The newly added card then becomes the current top Foundation card and the process can continue.
The game does not allow ranks to be wrapped, which means that the player can neither place an Ace onto a King nor a King onto an Ace. However, wrapping is allowed in the Easy Golf Solitaire variant.
No card is ever allowed to be moved from the Foundation.
When the player is either unable or unwilling to move any more cards from the Tableau to the Foundation, they must click on the Stock, which deals a new top Foundation card. The player then has another opportunity to send cards from the Tableau to the Foundation.
The process continues until either no cards remain in the Tableau, in which case the game is won, or the Stock is empty and no more cards can be removed from the Tableau, in which case the game is lost since the Stock allows only one pass.
Here are seven gameplay tips on how to beat Golf Solitaire:
The game screen is made up of 3 different areas.
In the upper part of the screen is the Tableau. It consists of 7 unmarked columns, each normally containing a pile of face-up cards. This is where the majority of the action occurs during a game.
The Stock and the Foundation areas work together. They are located below the Tableau on the left.
The Stock is a container for the reserve cards that will be put into play as the game progresses. It normally contains a pile of face-down squared cards, but it can be empty at the end of a game.
The Foundation is directly to the right of the Stock and consists of zero or more face-up cards spread out horizontally, with the top card being on the right.
A click on the Stock causes one card to be removed from it and placed face-up onto the top Foundation card, which brings the card into play.