Golf is one of our favorite games to play as a family and one of our favorite games for date night. It can be played with many people or just two. It can take 15 minutes or an hour. It’s wonderful! And all you need is two decks of cards. Awesome! This post was written by my Mom, who was also the one who taught me to play.
Our family consists of 4 generations of game players. When Lisa our youngest daughter wanted to show us a new card game I was very excited. Gigi, Lisa & I were playing Golf when Big M asked if he could learn to play. After playing two hands Big M understood the concept. I just love that I can sit at the table with my Mom, Daughter and Grandson and enjoy the same game.
Age 6 – 93 in our home.
Just like the outdoor game of golf, the card game known as Golf has a goal of keeping the score as low as possible. The game requires two decks of cards and at least two players, but the more players the more fun the game.
You pick a dealer and the dealer deals nine cards to each player. The cards would be placed in a face down position.
The remainder of the deck is then placed in the center of the table. You then arrange your cards in three rows of three.
Each player selects two of their cards to flip up.
Next, the dealer flips the top card of the deck face up and lays this next to the deck. The goal
from this point onward is to try to reduce the value of the cards you are holding, one card at a time. You can do this by swapping a card from your hand with one in the discard pile or one from the deck, but only on your turn.
The values for the cards in a game of Golf are as follows:
- Aces = 1
- Numeric cards = face values
- Queen and Jack = 10
- King = 0
- Joker = -5
Three identical cards in a vertical column zeroes out the value of the cards, with the exception of three jokers which would reward the player with a -15 score.
The way the game is played is quite simple: you cannot look at your own cards, but are aiming to switch the cards you have with those of the lowest values in the deck or discard pile.
To do this you must wait for your turn and then draw a card from the deck or discard pile, which is then swapped for a card either face up or face down in the your tableaux or draw a card from the deck, and if it is too high, simply lay it face up in the discard pile.
If you get 3 of the same card in a down ward column it voids the column.
The hand is over when a player has their cards all facing up. The others players turn the rest of their cards face up. The scoring is done according to the chart provided and the player with the lowest overall total after nine hands is declared the winner.
I hope you enjoy GOLF as much as we do.
What is your favorite card game?
This post originally appeared on February 24, 2011.