When you start the game, you will see the basic layout of Golf solitaire in the Game window: The deck in the lower left corner and the seven columns of the tableau above them (unless your Preferences call for Reverse Layout).
As the game begins, Golf deals thirty-five cards from the deck into the tableau, five cards face-up in each pile.
The object of the game is to clear all the cards from the tableau by playing them on the cards turned up from the deck. After you turn up each card, you may play on it the top card from any pile which is next higher or lower in sequence to the card turned up, regardless of suit. Ace is low, King is high.
For example, if you turn up a three, you may play either a four or a two on it. You may continue to play as many cards as you can, freely ascending and descending in sequence, before turning up the next card from the deck.
The normal rules do not allow a card to be played on a King; that is, while two-ace-two is legal, Queen-King-Queen is not. However, this game offers the option to deviate from this rule if desired. When the Strict Rules option is disabled in Preferences, either a Queen or an Ace may be played on a King.
If you succeed in playing all the cards from the tableau, you have won the game.
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