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Golf Solitaire

Golf Solitaire starts with 35 face-up cards across seven tableaus. The aim is to discard all cards to the waste. Cards one rank higher or one rank lower than the current waste card can be discarded to the waste. Deal a new waste card from the stock when no more moves are available. Golf is also known as One Foundation Solitaire.

Difficulty: Easy

Rules are easy to understand.

Odds of winning: Very Low

Win about 1 in 50 games (2%).

Duration: Quick

Less than 5 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Mostly Luck

Winning is mostly determined by luck. A small amount of skill is involved.

How to Play Golf

Game Objective

Move all the cards from the seven tableaus to the waste.

Tableau Rules

  • There are seven tableaus.
  • To start the game choose a card to move to the waste (or take one from the stock).
  • Cards may be moved to the waste as long as they are one rank higher or lower than the current waste card.
  • A King may be placed on an Ace.
  • No card may be placed on a King.
  • The top card is movable.

Stock Rules

  • The stock deals one card face up to the waste when tapped.
  • A single pass through the stock is permitted. Redeals are not possible.

Waste Rules

  • There is one waste.
  • Any card may fill an empty space.
  • Cards may be discarded to the waste as long as they are one rank higher than the current waste card.
  • For example the 3♠ may move onto the 2♠, 2♥, 2♣ and 2♦. Starting with the 3♥ the following sequence can build on top 4♠ 5♠ 6♦ 7♣.
  • The waste builds down by rank regardless of suit. The waste can build around-the-corner (a King may move onto an Ace).
  • For example the 9♠ may move onto the 10♠, 10♥, 10♣ and 10♦. Starting with the 3♠ the following sequence can build on top 2♦ A♠ K♣ Q♥.

Strategy & Tips

Golf has about a 1 in 50 chance of winning (2%). Improve your chances with these 3 tips:

  1. Choose the first waste card carefully to maximize the number of subsequent cards that can be discarded.
  2. Plan ahead: look for the longest sequence of cards to discard.
  3. If you know you'll need to deal from the stock, try to finish the sequence on a King.