You won't need a tee time or a caddy to play Play Nine, the card game of golf. All you need are two to six players to match wits and try to shoot the lowest score based on the numbers on your cards. Card values range for 0 (Mulligan) to 12 (Out of Bounds), with four Hole-in-One cards valued at -5 strokes.
Each player gets eight cards dealt facedown and arranged into two rows of four. You can turn over any two of your cards to "tee off". Then, players take turns either drawing the top card from the deck or from the discard pile. If you draw from the deck, you can either replace a face up or facedown card and then discard the replaced card or you can just discard the drawn card and turn over a facedown card. If you draw from the discard pile, you use that card to replace a face up or facedown card and discard the replaced card.
As long as you still have one facedown card, you can turn over or replace a card on every turn, with the obvious goal of collecting cards with the lowest numbers. But as soon as one player has all eight cards face up, that ends the "hole" or round and all other players get to take one last shot. Then, turn over all remaining facedown cards and tally up your scores.
If you play strategically, there are ways to shave off strokes or points from your score. For instance, if you match two of the same cards in one column, they cancel each other out for a score of zero. And if you have two, three, or four sets of matching cards, you score a negative stroke bonus that will reduce your overall score by 10, 15, or 20 points.
The player with the lowest score after nine "holes" wins.
If you've ever played the card game Golf with a regular deck of playing cards, then this game might seem familiar, except these playing cards are all numbers and have fun illustrations on them, plus there are some scoring differences that make the gameplay a little more exciting. It's all about the luck of the draw, and you'll have to make some hard choices when it comes to replacing a card and what facedown card to replace. You don't know what's underneath; it could actually be a good card! If you're a fan of card games and strategy games, then this will be a fun addition to your next family game night.
Play Nine is for two to six players ages 8 and up.
The game includes 108 cards, a score sheet pad, and a pencil.
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