In Golf Solitaire, the goal is to remove all cards from the TABLEAU one by one. The tableau is composed of seven stacks, five cards in each. Only the top card of each stack can be played.
The rest of the deck (52 cards) is in STOCK, which can be opened one by one and placed into FOUNDATION. Once a card is taken from the stock, it is placed into the foundation.
Any top card from the tableau stacks can be played to the foundation as long as that card is either one higher or one lower in value to the last card in the foundation, regardless of suit. For example, 8 or 10 can be played on top of a 9 in the foundation. Cards go in the usual order: A, 2, 3…10, J,Q,K.
If no cards remain to play on top of the current Foundation card, go through the stock by clicking it. However, stock cannot go back and cannot be dealt a second time, and once it ends, the game ends. The goal is to win by playing the entire tableau before you run out of moves.
This solitaire can be played in two difficulties. On EASY difficulty, a King can be played on TOP of Queen or Ace, Ace on top of King or 2, and Queen on top of King.
The sequence is looped: K, A, 2, 3…J, Q, K, A.
On HARD difficulty, the sequence is not looped: Ace and King cannot be played on top of each other, King can only be played on top of Queen, and nothing can be played on top of King. Once you play a King, you can only take the next card from the stock.