Fairway Solitaire is a card-matching game loosely based on solitaire that features a golf theme. A player moves from one golf course to another by successfully matching cards in a series of games displayed in each fairway.
After a player taps the white and orange button to start the game, Fairway Solitaire loads the "Sand and Sun Package," which features nine courses. The game locks eight levels and only allows the player to access the "Echo Echo Canyon" course. When the player taps that icon, they're taken to Echo Echo Canyon where the screen displays two rows of cards at center position, a deck at the bottom and an empty golf bag.
To clear away cards, the player taps a card in one of the rows that is the next sequential card to match the one shown next to the deck. The game doesn't care about suits. Instead, the player must match cards by number. For example, if the player draws a "7" card from the deck, they need to find and tap an "8" or a "6" in one of the rows. If they can't find one, then they need to tap the deck to reveal the next card.
The game also features special cards marked with numbered golf clubs. When a player taps one of these cards, it transforms into a club and moves to their golf bag. The player can use one of these clubs at any time as a numbered wild card whenever they can't find a match. They simply tap the club in the bag and it transforms back into a card that appears next to the deck.
Fairway Solitaire doesn't require that a player follow only one stacking order direction, such as the "K, Q, J, 10..." order of decreasing numbers vertically positioned down the screen, as seen with traditional solitaire. Instead, proximity matters. They can pick up cards to stack in any direction.
They might start by selecting cards counting up and then, if faced with no additional options, go down in the opposite direction. For example, a player might select "7, 8 and 9" and then find another "8" and try to clear cards in the reverse order. Their actions depend entirely on the cards available in the rows.
Fairway Solitaire offers over a thousand levels of game play. As a player scores points and clears cards, they reach new levels. They must simply score par or lower on the scoreboard to unlock the next course.