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. Both on the practice area and on the course, Special Olympics athletes participating in golf have gained the respect of their golf peers.

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.

Special Olympics golf includes five levels of competition. Individual Skills Competition (Level 1) provides a meaningful competition for athletes of lower ability, allowing them to train and compete in basic golf skills. In order for athletes to advance to Levels 2-5, they must achieve a total of 60 points in the Individual Skills Test.


Level 1 - Individual Skills Competition
Level 2 - Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play (9 hole)
Level 3 - Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play (18 hole)
Level 4 - Individual Stroke Play Competition (9 hole)
Level 5 - Individual Stroke Play Competition (18 hole)

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National Governing Body Rules: USGA

Roster Form

Steps to becoming an athlete

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Consent form
Unified Partner form
Class A for adult Unified Partners
Class A for minor Unified Partners

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Athlete's Oath

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."  


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