Region D Golf Skills and Course Play

What Is Golf?

Golf provides Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to develop their golf skills by participating in individual skills competition, 3-hole and 6-hole competitions. Golfers who have the ability to put all of the skills together can participate in 9-hole competition. Unified golf allows for athletes and their non-disabled peers to form teams in 9-hole competition.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in golf compete locally at region qualifying events. Athletes are then eligible to advance to state championships at the outdoor sports festival held in Decatur in September.

Golf Events Offered in Illinois


  • 9-hole competition


  • 9-hole aggregate team play


  • 3-hole, 6-hole or 9-hole competition
  • Individual skills competition (short and long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron and wood shot)

Competition Information

Individual skills: All athletes will be given the opportunity to complete in seven skills; short and long putt, chip, pitch, iron, wood, and bunker shots

Course play will consist of either 3-Hole, 6-Hole, 9-Hole, or Unified 9-Hole.

Facility Information

This is an outdoor event with bathrooms and porta-johns on site as well as parking.

Event Details

  • Volunteer Check In – 8:00 AM
  • Agency/Team Check In- 8:30 AM
  • Competition Begins- 9:00 AM
  • Awards – Immediately following competition
  • Competition Ends- Around 2:00 PM

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Awards will be presented at the end of the competition.


Lunch is provided to athletes and coaches on a 3:1 ratio. Registered volunteers will also receive lunch.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state tournaments, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

About Special Olympics Illinois    

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTikTok and X.  


Jul 16 - 17 2024


8:00 am - 2:00 pm




Harborside International Golf Center
11101 S. Doty Ave. Chicago, IL 60655


Caitlin Tipre

Other Organizers

Brenden Cannon
Brenden Cannon
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