Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing golfers use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest amount of strokes. The game is played on golf courses, each of which features a unique design, although courses typically consist of either nine or 18 holes.
Special Olympics golf is a fall sport where athletes train and compete from April through October. Refer to our Return to Activity section to learn about COVID-19 protocols and rules involved for in-person competition.
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Additional Golf Information
Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.
You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:
- wearing the right shoes
- using the correct equipment
- drinking water and staying hydrated
- warming up and stretching properly
- being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
- maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)
Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:
- discomfort or pain
- chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
- shortness of breath
- a rapid or irregular heartbeat
- A level 1 individual skills competition will be offered. Athletes must submit a level 1 score upon registering. A breakdown of the skills is stated in the Level 1 Golf Skills document with further information on pages 6-13 of the golf rules. A Golf Level 1 Score Card will help ensure that all practice and competition scores are accurate.
- Athletes may choose to compete in both the level 1 skills competition as well as the level 2 competition. Level 4 golfers may not participate in the level 1 skills competition.
- In order to compete as a level 2 golfer, athletes must complete three (3) rounds of ALTERNATE SHOT PLAY 9-hole golf with an average of 75 or less. In order to compete as a level 4 golfer, athletes must complete four (4) rounds of 9-hole golf with an average of 70 or less.
- Rounds may not be played on executive courses. All scorecards must be submitted with registration.
Athletes must participate in a sectional competition in order to advance to Fall Games. Coaches
are responsible for submitting an activation list at the sectional competition for those athletes
who choose to compete in Fall Games. The results from the sectional competition will be used
to division athletes for Fall Games.
- For level 2 golf, Unified partners must remain the same throughout preliminary rounds, sectional competition and Fall Games. If a Unified partner changes between any of these instances, a golf team (athlete and Unified partner) may compete at the next level of competition for PARTICIPATION award only.
- Athletes and Unified partners must provide their own set of golf clubs.
- Unified partners must be knowledgeable players of the game. Partners can not be beginner golfers.
- Athletes, coaches and Unified partners must be able to walk the course. Golf carts will be used ONLY when medical documentation is provided.
- Athletes and partners must be in proper golf attire. No jeans, casual shirts or metal spikes will be allowed.