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 & long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron & wood shot

Competition Information

Skills, 3-hole, 6-hole, 9-hole and 9-hole Unified will take place. Athletes will be placed in divisions ahead of time.

Facility Information

Golf courses available competition as well as lunch area and bathrooms. Parking available.

Event Details

  • Volunteer Check In – 8:30 AM
  • Agency/Team Check In – 9:30 – 10:00 AM
  • Competition Begins – 10:00 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.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Lunch and water will be provided to athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, 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

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Jul 18 2023


8:00 am - 2:00 pm




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


Caitlin Tipre

Other Organizers

Katie McFadden
Brenden Cannon
Brenden Cannon
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