Game On: Learn about the divisioning process that differentiates Special Olympics from other sport organizations.

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 Unified partner that acts as a coach to the athlete. The partner teaches strategy along with golf etiquette while playing alternate shot to prepare 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 have an average score under 120 in order to be eligible for this level of play.

Click here to find your coach certification status.

SONC is an affiliate club of the Carolina Golf Association (CGA) named the Special Olympics North Carolina Golf Club. Golfers competing at Level 4 and Level 5 only are required to have their coach enter all of 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

Always communicate with your local coordinator if you are interested in submitting registration for an event.

Fall Tournament/Invitational Registration Forms 

SONC Fall Tournament will be held November 9-11, 2018 in Charlotte.

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

Forsyth County Golf Invitational

Forsyth county is hosting a golf invitational at Winston Lake Course, 3535 Winston Lake Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 on Saturday, September 29th. Competition will include level 2 9-hole Unified alternating shot and level 4 9-hole individual stroke play. Registration is due to Carlie Pudney by September 20th. There is a $20 registration fee per athlete or Unified pair. Check-in will begin at 9am with the first tee time at 9:30am.

Orange County Golf Invitational

Orange County is hosting a golf invitational at Occoneechee Golf Course on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Competition will include level 1 individual skills, level 2 9-hole Unified alternating shot, and level 4 9-hole individual. Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout competition. A dinner will be provided following competition. There is a registration fee of $20 for level 2 and 4 athletes and $10 per athletes registered for individual skills. Registration is due to by Friday, October 12th.

Durham County Golf Invitational

Durham County will be hosting a golf invitational at TPC Wakefield Plantation golf course on Sunday, November 25th. Competition will include level 2, 9-hole Unified alternating shot. Cost is $40 per team.  The program is responsible for securing a partner.  Entry fee includes golf, cart, tee gift for athlete, awards, prizes, and picnic dinner afterwards. To register send a completed registration form to Jamie Gerhart by Friday, November 16th, 2018.

Host an Invitational

Local programs are encouraged to invite neighboring counties to participate in invitationals, scrimmages, or leagues.  Click here for some basic steps on how to get started.

About Golf:  Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing golfers use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes. The game is played on golf “courses”, each of which features a unique design, although courses typically consist of either nine or 18 holes.  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. 

Differences of Special Olympics Golf: Special Olympics offers varying events for competition, but in individual stroke play competitions, there are a couple of variations from the rules of golf. First, if a 10th stroke is played without holing the shot, the player shall record a score of “10x” and proceed to the next hole. In the place of a tie for first place, the winner can be decided by the number of “10x” scores on an athlete’s scorecard. The player with the fewest number of “10x” scores shall be declared the winner.  

History: Golf became an official sport at Special Olympics North Carolina at the 1993 Fall Games following a clinic at Summer Games in Greensboro. 

By the Numbers:   

  • In 1991, golf made its exhibition debut at the International Games in Minneapolis, MN. 

Sport Development Teams (SDT) are responsible for assisting with local and state-level programs and competition, educating coaches and officials, and promoting active engagement among athletes throughout the year.  Click here for more information.

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Certified Clinicians receive additional training in presentational skills to conduct training schools in their community.  In order to become a Certified Clinician one must have a Special Olympics North Carolina level 2 sport certification in this sport.

For more information on becoming an SDT member or a Certified Clinician, contact

Find out if this sport is offered in your community

Become an Athlete or Unified partner

Special Olympics North Carolina offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Learn more on how to become an athlete.

Become a Unified partner and play on a team alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities.

become a coach

Combine knowledge and passion for a sport by becoming a Special Olympics North Carolina coach to lead athletes in preparing for local and state-level competition.

become a volunteer

Serve a crucial role at Special Olympics North Carolina by volunteering at our office or one of our many events throughout the year. Check out our home page for these volunteer opportunities.

Share Your Sport Knowledge

Officiate for Special Olympics North Carolina by donating your time as a sports official.  Contact for more information.

Sport Development Team members (SDT) are active volunteers who channel their passion and knowledge for a sport into effective leadership for local and state programs.  

Certified clinicians supplement the SDT by providing coaches training in their community.  Click here for trainers.

For more information on getting involved, contact