If you are looking for the Golf Card Game rules, you’ve come to the right place.
It’s a very flexible game and can take 15 minutes or an hour, depending on how much time you have to play. It’s wonderful!
The best part is, all you need is two decks of cards.
Setting Up the Game | Golf Card Game Rules
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 remain 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.
The dealer flips the top card of the deck face up and lays this next to the deck. This becomes the discard pile.
Scoring | Golf Card Game Rules
The goal from
this point on 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 Golf Card Game 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.
How to Play | Golf Card Game Rules
The way the game is played is quite simple. Start with the player left of the dealer. That player chooses to either draw a card from the deck or discard pile.
Without looking at your cards, decide if that card will help your hand.
If the value of the card is higher than you would like, simply discard and play moves to the next player.
If you want to use the card you have selected, take any card from your nine and replace it with the new card. This card can replace a face-up or face-down card. Sometimes this means you will give a really good card to the next player.
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.
Scoring of this hand would be:
column 1 = 0 column 2 =20 column 3 = -3 Total score for this hand is 17
One of the reasons we love this game is that you can play one hand or 10 hands. Keep a scorepad handy and keep track of the scores after each hand. The object is always to have the lowest score.
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This Golf Card Game Rules post originally appeared on February 24, 2011.