The objective of Golf is to have the lowest score by the end of the game, where lower scores are better.


  1. Golf is typically played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
  2. The game can be played by two or more players.
  3. Each player is dealt 6 cards face-down in a 2×3 grid, creating a “Golf” layout.


  1. The game is played over a series of rounds, with each round consisting of players trying to minimize their scores.
  2. The player to the left of the dealer goes first, and turns proceed clockwise.
  3. On their turn, a player has two options: draw a card from the deck or take the top card from the discard pile.
  4. 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.
  5. If a player takes the top card from the discard pile, they must replace one of their face-down cards with it.
  6. 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.
  7. Once a player is satisfied with their hand, they can “knock” on their turn, indicating that the round is ending for them.
  8. Play continues until all players have had an equal number of turns.
  9. When a round ends, players flip over their face-down cards, and the values of their hands are totaled.
  10. Players score penalty points equal to the total value of the cards in their layout. The objective is to have the lowest score possible.
  11. The scores for each player are recorded, and a new round begins.
  12. 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!

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