Golf made its exhibition debut at the 1991 International Games in Minneapolis, MN.  After a clinic at the 1993 Summer Games in Greensboro, SONC offered golf as an official sport for the first time at the Fall Games in Charlotte.

SONC has been working with the Carolina Golf Association, and is now officially an affiliate club named the Special Olympics North Carolina Golf Club. Golfers competing at level 4 and level 5 only are required to have their coach enter their scores into the CGA GHIN system. Below you will find resources to make posting scores, and reviewing scores easier.

Post a Score to into the CGA GHIN System
“How to” for Posting Scores
Special Olympics NC Golf Club September Scores Posted Report

Level 1:  Individual Skills Competition
This competition allows Special Olympics athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format designed to serve as a stepping stone towards course play. The individual skills offered for golf are short and long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron shot and wood shot.

Level 2:  Alternate Shot Team Play (9 hole)
This competition allows Special Olympics athletes to compete in course play with a partner that acts as a coach to the athlete. The partner teaches strategy along with golf etiquette, preparing the athlete for individual course play.

Level 3:  Alternate Shot Unified Sports Team Play (18 hole)
This competition allows Special Olympics athletes with a strong concept of golf rules and etiquette to play with a Unified Partner of similar ability on an alternate shot team for 18 holes.

Level 4:  Individual Stroke Play Competition (9 hole)
This competition allows those athletes who have improved golf skills from level 2 to compete as an individual for 9-holes. Athletes are allowed caddies to help advise on strategy.

Level 5:  Individual Stroke Play Competition (18 hole)
This is the highest individual level of golf offered by Special Olympics, and is for athletes with a good understanding of the game and golf knowledge. Athletes must shoot under a 120 at an SONC qualifier in order to be eligible for this level.

SONC Fall Tournament is held in High Point the first weekend in November.

Special Olympics National Golf Invitational Tournament is hosted by Special Olympics North America and is traditionally held in September.

Sport Development Team

These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.

Alana Brahler
Winston-Salem, NC

Peter Cowick
Charlotte, NC

Vince Powierski
Pinehurst, NC

Find out which sports are offered in your community


The following invitationals are hosted by the local program indicated. Information will be posted as soon as it is received. Please note that these events may have a per person registration fee for the local program to cover expenses for the event.


All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Fall Tournament Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Fall Tournament registration.  Click here for a full list of Fall Tournament registration forms.

  • Golf ISC Registration Form
  • Golf Registration Form

Assessment Forms

For coaches’ use only – do NOT submit with registration.

  • Golf ISC Worksheet

Certified Clinician

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.