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.

Competition this year will consist of in-person participation at one of the four Sectional competitions, at-home through virtual competition, or both!  Competitors will also have the opportunity to improve their game through helpful videos from PGA pros around the state!  Virtual Fall Competition will be open from September 24th through October 25th.

Virtual Golf Registration

Available In-Person Events

North Golf Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Date: September 19, 2020
Location: Plainfield West Nine
1541 Woodland Avenue
Edison, New Jersey 08820
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Events:

  • Level 2: 9-hole alternate shot team play
  • Level 4: 9-hole individual stroke play

- Results - By Athlete     Results - By Division

 

South Golf Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Date: September 20, 2020
Location: Latona Golf Course
3806 Oak Road
Vineland, New Jersey 08360
Time:12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Events:

  • Level 2: 9-hole alternate shot team play
  • Level 4: 9-hole individual stroke play

 

Results - By Athlete     Results - By Division

Central Golf Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Date: September 26, 2020
Location: Mountain View Golf Course
850 Bear Tavern Road
Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Events:

  • Level 2: 9-hole alternate shot team play
  • Level 4: 9-hole individual stroke play

 

Register for Central Golf

Level 1 Golf Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Date: October 10, 2020
Location: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club
811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road
Bedminster Township, New Jersey 07921
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Event:

  • Level 1: Individual skills competition

Available Virtual Skills

Putt Through the Gate

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Can you accurately putt a ball through a gate at different distances?

Equipment needed: A golf putter, golf balls, 2 golf tees (or other objects to create a gate), a measuring tape or ruler. You can print off this online ruler if you don’t have one at home.

Description:
Find a long, flat area in your house or in your yard. Measure out a gate 4 inches wide and place it from four different distances (3 feet, 6 feet, 9 feet, 12 feet).  Try to hit the ball through the opening in as few attempts as possible.  Record a score for each distance.  See video example.

What to record and submit:
Record how many attempts it takes you to hit the ball through the gate opening. Use the score chart under the "Score the Skills" tab to calculate your total score.

The score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

Quarter Chip

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Can you chip a quarter in to a bowl from different distances?

Equipment needed: A wedge club, a quarter, a bowl, a measuring tape or ruler. You can print off this online ruler if you don’t have one at home.

Description:
Find a long, flat area in your house or in your yard. Place a bowl at four different distances (3 feet, 6 feet, 9 feet, 12 feet) and chip a quarter into the bowl from each distance in as few attempts as possible.  Record a score for each distance.  See #8 on this website for video example.

What to record and submit:
Record how many attempts it takes you to chip the quarter in the bowl from each distance. Use the score chart under the "Score the Skills" tab to calculate your total score.

The score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

Paper Target Practice

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Can you land your ball on a piece of paper from different distances?

Equipment needed: An 8.5 inch by 11 inch piece of computer paper, golf balls, golf putter, a measuring tape or ruler. You can print off this online ruler if you don’t have one at home.

Description:
Find a long, flat area in your house or in your yard. Place the piece of paper at the required distances (3 feet, 6 feet, 9 feet, 12 feet).  Line the ball up, putt, and try and get your ball to land on top of the paper in as few attempts as possible from the four different distances.  Record a score for each distance.

What to record and submit:
Record how many attempts it takes you to land your ball on top of the paper from each distance. Use the score chart under the "Score the Skills" tab to calculate your total score.

The score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

One Handed Paper Putt

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Can you land your ball on a piece of paper from different distances with one hand?

Equipment needed: An 8.5 inch by 11 inch piece of computer paper, golf balls, golf putter, a measuring tape or ruler. You can print off this online ruler if you don’t have one at home.

Description:
Find a long, flat area in your house or in your yard. Place the piece of paper at the required distances (3 feet, 6 feet, 9 feet, 12 feet).  Line the ball up, putt with one hand, and try and get your ball to land on top of the paper in as few attempts as possible from the four different distances.  Record a score for each distance.  See video example.

What to record and submit:
Record how many attempts it takes you to land your ball on top of the paper from each distance with one hand. Use the score chart under the "Score the Skills" tab to calculate your total score.

The score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

Score the Skills

Use the chart below to find out your score for each drill:

Keep track of your scores with this fillable and printable Fall Activities Tracker!

Golf Tips from the Pros

Improve your golf game with interactive videos from these PGA Pros!

Be on the lookout for more videos coming soon!


2020 State Events

  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Fall Games state event for 2020.   Competition will be held in-person at the four  Sectional venues, or at-home through virtual competition.

Additional Info

Stay Safe

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
Participation Information
  • 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 two (2) 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 two (2) 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.
Criteria for Advancement

These will be the culminating competitions for golf.  Fall Games competition will not be held in 2020.  These competitions are NOT qualifying events for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

General Guidelines
  • 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.

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.