How to Play Golf


Golf is a popular card game for 2-4 players that is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The goal of the game is to have the lowest score possible by completing a series of rounds where players try to match or get as close to a specific number as possible.

Here are the steps to play the game:

Step 1: Set Up Shuffle the deck of cards and deal 6 cards to each player face down. Place the remaining cards in a deck face down in the center of the table.

Step 2: Determine the Number The number to match for each round is chosen by the dealer, who draws the top card from the deck and places it face-up. This number will be the target for the first round.

Step 3: Discard and Draw In each round, players take turns trying to match or get as close as they can to the target number by discarding one card from their hand face up and drawing a new card from the deck. Players may choose to either draw a card from the top of the deck or take the top card from the discard pile.

Step 4: Discard and Match If a player chooses to match the target number by discarding a card of the same rank as the target card (e.g. if the target is a 7, the player can discard a 7), they can immediately discard another card of the same rank from their hand. This is called a “marriage” and earns the player a bonus point.

Step 5: Discard and Stay Players can also choose to “stay” by not discarding any cards and keeping their current hand. This may be a strategic move if the player is close to the target number or if they have a lower score than their opponents.

Step 6: Calculate Scores Once all players have had a turn to discard and draw, the round ends and scores are calculated. Cards are worth their face value (e.g. 4 = 4 points, Jack = 11 points, Ace = 1 point). Any marriages are worth 2 bonus points. The player with the lowest score wins the round.

Step 7: Continue Playing Rounds The dealer then draws a new target card and the process starts again for a total of 9 rounds. At the end of the 9th round, the player with the lowest score wins the game.

Special Cards:

  • Jokers: These can be used as wild cards to represent any number.
  • 4s: If a player has a 4 in their hand at the end of a round, it can be used to replace their highest score from that round, which can help lower their overall score.


  • Keep track of the cards that have been discarded to help you strategize your moves.
  • Pay attention to your opponents’ discards to see if you can block them from matching the target number.
  • Remember to use your Jokers and 4s strategically to help lower your score.

Conclusion: Golf is an exciting and competitive card game that requires a combination of luck and strategy. By following these instructions, you should now be ready to impress your friends and family with your knowledge and skills in playing the game of Golf. Good luck and have fun!

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