This question has puzzled me for quite a while. It was a statement on the box that I own that triggered it, translated it says:
The strategic player can outwit his opponent and win all his pebbles".
My 3 year old son loves the game since he wins every time (his victory condition is to be the first with no pebbles left to play). It gives me the opportunity to try to get as many as possible. The most I finished the game with, was 46 six pebbles, though I'm not sure if something was amiss there (like misplaced pebbles). And I am as of yet unsuccessful at recreating this end-game condition.
I'm talking about the normal 6 holes * two players * 4 pebbles a hole game = 48 pebbles.
So, is it possible to get all of the pebbles? Or do strategic players embody the mantra
If you are not trying to cheat, you are not trying to win.