The objective of Golf is to have the lowest score by the end of the game, where lower scores are better.
- Golf is typically played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
- The game can be played by two or more players.
- Each player is dealt 6 cards face-down in a 2×3 grid, creating a “Golf” layout.
- The game is played over a series of rounds, with each round consisting of players trying to minimize their scores.
- The player to the left of the dealer goes first, and turns proceed clockwise.
- On their turn, a player has two options: draw a card from the deck or take the top card from the discard pile.
- If a player draws from the deck, they must decide to either keep it and replace one of their existing face-down cards or immediately discard it.
- If a player takes the top card from the discard pile, they must replace one of their face-down cards with it.
- The goal is to create a 3-card hand with the lowest possible total value. Numbered cards are worth their face value, face cards (Jacks, Queens, and Kings) are worth 10 points, and Aces are worth 1 point.
- Once a player is satisfied with their hand, they can “knock” on their turn, indicating that the round is ending for them.
- Play continues until all players have had an equal number of turns.
- When a round ends, players flip over their face-down cards, and the values of their hands are totaled.
- Players score penalty points equal to the total value of the cards in their layout. The objective is to have the lowest score possible.
- The scores for each player are recorded, and a new round begins.
- The game continues for a predetermined number of rounds, and the player with the lowest total score at the end is the winner.
- Pay attention to the cards being discarded to gauge which cards may be more valuable or useful to your opponents.
- Be strategic in deciding when to “knock” to end the round, balancing the potential for lower scores with the risk of your opponents improving their hands.
- Consider the values of the cards you already have in your layout when deciding whether to keep or discard a drawn card.
- Keep track of the cards you’ve already seen to help inform your decision-making.
- Adapt your strategy as the game progresses, taking into account the scores of other players.
Golf is a fun and strategic card game that challenges players to minimize their scores. With this guide, you’re ready to start playing and enjoy the strategic decisions of Golf!