Events Offered

  • Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play
    • Three and Nine-hole events offered, Five-hole competition offered at State-only.
    • Three-hole golf shall consist of shorter holes (between 150 – 225yds).
    • Alternate Shot Team Play is designed to give the athlete an opportunity for transition from skills to individual play and progress under the guidance of a partner whose ability and knowledge of the sport is more advanced. The unified partner can assist the athlete as a caddie is allowed to in traditional golf.
    • Athletes tee off on the first hole to start the round and the team alternates who tees off. If it’s the front nine, athletes will tee off on the odd holes; if it’s the back nine, athletes will tee off on even holes.
    • Due to the amount of teams that attend the state competition, each unified team will be provided a golf cart where the unified partner (age 16 or older) will drive. This is to help maintain pace of play at the State competition only and may vary at Area competitions.
    • When creating a team name during registration, please use the format of Last Name/Last Name ex: Hupila/Heger
  • Traditional Golf
    • Three and Nine-hole events offered, Five-hole competition offered at State-only.
    • Three-hole golf shall consist of shorter holes (between 150 – 225yds).
    • Athletes participating in these competitions will walk and have the option to have a caddie or put their bag on a motorized cart driven by a volunteer. An athlete is allowed to ride in a cart only if they have a medical exemption on-file with Special Olympics Minnesota.
  • Five-Hole Golf
    • Offered at State-only for athletes in traditional or Unified nine-hole whose Area score (typically close to shooting a 70) calculates to a handicap of 30 or more. These athletes/unified teams will be required to compete in the five-hole competition at State.
    • This event is designed to assist with pace of play along with overall experience for golfers.
    • Traditional and Unified teams will be notified prior to State if they will be required to participate in the 5-hole competition.
    • Teams may request to be moved to the five-hole competition at State prior to the registration deadline.

Recommendation – When choosing what event your athlete(s) will compete in you should always consider which event sets them up for success. If an athlete cannot hit the ball well with an iron or wood, they should compete in individual skills until they can consistently hit these shots in order to learn the skills. With the 9x rule, the coach should make sure the athlete can consistently complete holes in under nine strokes before signing up for 3-hole or 9-hole competition. If an athlete has progressed with their individual skills events, 3-hole is a good option to start with and if you have a unified partner of higher skill level, unified 3-hole is an even better option to team up for greater success as they continue to improve their skills!