Skip to content
Special Olympics Golf
- Competition Information
- Nine-hole Eligibility – In order for an athlete to compete in nine-hole traditional stroke play or nine-hole alternate shot team play at State, they must have an individual skills score of 40 at a sanctioned event (Area or previous State competition). In addition, the athlete must score 10 points or more in at least one of the skills and five points in two other skills.
- Walking – Athletes need to walk. Exceptions are made for medical reasons, which must be submitted and approved prior to the competition. A partner, caddie or golf cart will carry golf bags if available.
- Stroke Limit – The most strokes that may be taken on any hole is nine. If an athlete or team has not holed the ball after nine strokes, a score of 9x is recorded on the scorecard.
- Penalties – All regulation golf rules and penalties apply.
- Lost Ball – To keep pace of play, a player shall not look for a lost ball longer than five minutes. At this time, all players/volunteers in the group shall decide the general area where the ball was lost, drop, and assess a penalty stroke.
- Participants are allowed to keep the flag in while on the green but must declare this before their shot has been made.
- Area Competitions – Some Area competitions may allow athletes to compete in both Individual Skills and Three-hole golf.
- Delegations must register enough coaches to meet the coach ratios. Unified partners can count towards the ratios but a team must have at least one non-playing Level 2 coach registered.