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.

Fact Sheet

Available Events

  • Level 1: Individual skills competition
  • Level 2: 9-hole alternate shot team
  • Level 4: 9-hole individual stroke play

Participation Information

  • A level 1 individual skills competition will be offered. Athletes must submit a level 1 score upon registering. Scoring instructions can be found on the Level 1 Golf Skills document with further information on pages 6-13 of the golf rules.
  • 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 rounds of 9-hole golf with an average of 75 or less. In order to compete as a level 4 golfer, athletes must complete four 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

Athletes must participate in 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.

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.