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Free Online Easy or Hard Golf Solitaire Video Game

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Starting Your Game

Click the blue play button at the bottom center of the screen. This will bring up the difficulty select screen.

While hard mode is significantly harder than easy, the game scores the same way. If you want to switch between hard or easy mode after starting the game you have to click the blue X in the upper right corner then restart the game from the welcome screen & select the other difficulty level.

Game Features

Our Golf Solitaire game automatically deals your cards to the Tableau, also known as the Table. If you do not like a deal, or you are stuck on a game, you can click the new deal button near the top right of the screen. 

Your current time is shown at the top center of the screen. This game has a control menu on the top right: play instructions, re-start the game and quit the game. 

Game Design

The playing field is organized with seven columns on the Tableau. Thirty five cards are dealt with five in each column, with one additional card on the Talon and the remaining 16 cards in the draw pile.

 

Golf Solitaire.

Game Scoring

Suits

Suits aren't relevant in this version of the game. The face value of the card determines the next card in sequence. You can move the sequence in both directions at any time. For example, if the Talon showed a 5 you could lay a 4-3-2-3-4-5-6-7 sequence on it.

Guide To Golf Solitaire

If you've played traditional Classic Solitaire, and you're looking for a different challenge, you might want to take a look at some of the variations.  

One fun and fast-paced variation, Golf Solitaire, is a popular open version of the game. 

In this article, we'll look at: 

The History Of Golf Solitaire

Solitaire, in its original form, emerged in the 1700s in northern Europe. 

The game didn't make its way across the Atlantic to the USA until 1870 where it became known as “Klondike Solitaire”, then just “Solitaire”. 

Golf Solitaire is an adaptation of Classic Solitaire and it is a great game for beginners. It's a fast game and easy to understand. It's very difficult to clear all the cards, however, so the aim for most games is to clear as many cards as you can. 

Just like in real golf, a perfect score is seldom achieved. 

How To Play Golf Solitaire

The game features seven rows of cards. Thirty-five cards are laid out in five columns, face-up. 

The remaining cards are placed in a pile, or deck. The top card of the deck is placed face-up in a new pile, called a Talon. The object of the game is to get all cards into the Talon pile. 

You can move a card to the Talon if it is one number above or below the card showing on the Talon pile. You can't move the card if it is covered by another card. If you can't move a card, then you can turn-up another card from the deck and place it onto the Talon pile. 

The game is won when all cards are moved to the Talon pile. If the player is stuck and can't make another move, the game is lost. 

Game Rules

The rules of Golf Solitaire are:

Original Scoring System

In the conventional game, the aim is to get the lowest score. Online versions have different means to score, depending on the version. 

You score one point for each card remaining in the Table after the stock or deck has run out. If the Table is cleared, you score a minus point for every card left in the stock. 

A score of forty-five or lower is “par”, with a score of zero or lower is perfect.

In the offline version, there are some variations of rules allowed to make the game easier: 

Golf Solitaire Strategy

Carefully consider your options. For example, before you discard your last four, see how many fives and sixes you have. If there are fives but no sixes, you risk stranding the fives. 

Try to discard from longer columns first. An empty column is useless, so don't discard the last card until you must.

Don't get discouraged if you find it difficult to win the game. You can expect to win a game of Golf solitaire approximately 1% of the time.  Also, there is only more than one possible around 25% of the time. Golf Solitaire is more a game of chance than it is a game of skill and just like real golf, there is a lot of luck involved! 

Golf Solitaire FAQs

What happens if you get stuck? 

You lose the game. If you are presented with options, carefully consider your move to reduce your chances of getting stuck.  

How many cards are used? 

Golf Solitaire uses one standard deck of 52 cards. 

Do Aces turn on Kings? 

In the offline version of the game the answer is yes. In the online version of the game you can choose to play easy mode where the answer is yes, or hard mode where the answer is no.

What are the chances of winning Golf Solitaire?

It;s almost impossible to get a perfect score and clear all the cards. Like real golf, you achieve a score based on “par” i.e. how close you get to the perfect score. 

If you play on hard mode and always played any playable card from the longest column you would be expected to win about 0.8% of games, or 1 in 125 games played.

The game is based mostly on luck & how the cards are dealt, though around 25% of the time there will be 2 possible paths you can take & reading the upstream cards can help you improve your odds slightly from the 1:125 ratio.

Are there other similar alternative versions of Solitaire?

There are many different names for Golf Solitaire, but they are all played in pretty much the same way. 

Here are a few similar Patience-style games: 

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