The "golden" putters make the clutch putts that others miss. Those who have demonstrated their prowess out of the bunker or rough will have you nodding in admiration as they do the same thing on your tabletop! And, just like in real golf, intangibles matter, too! Experience, mood, momentum—there are keywords for those, too, with…

It also remains one of the very few computer programs, game or nongame, that old people can predictably navigate. Brad Fregger, the developer of Solitaire Royale, the first commercial solitaire game for the Macintosh and the PC, told me that his 89-year-old mother still calls regularly to brag about her high scores. Anthony Bean, a…