Like most golfers, Special Olympics athletes are driven by the opportunity to compete. Program planning is designed to develop individual golf skills that enhance performance, allowing the athlete to achieve success in playing the game.

The Special Olympics Golf program is centered on two educational phases designed to encompass all skill levels: learning to swing a golf club and learning to play the game. Athletes may participate in Skills, 9-hole stroke play or 18-hole stroke play.

Individual Skill Contest

  • Athletes train and compete in six skills similar on-course play, including a wood shot, an iron shot, a pitch shot, a chip shot, a long putt and a short putt.

Unified Sports® Team Play Competition

  • A nine-hole alternate shot format that teams a Special Olympics player with a non-Special Olympics player of more advanced skill and knowledge.

Individual Stroke Play Competition

  • Nine holes of golf
  • 18 holes of golf

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This sport is offered in the following locations:

Inland Empire
(Barstow, Mojave, Temecula, West San Bernardino)

Kern County

Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley
(Long Beach, Westside, Pasadena, Pomona, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast Los Angeles - Lakewood)

Orange County

San Diego County

San Luis Obispo County

Santa Barbara County

Northern Santa Barbara

Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley

Ventura County