Region E Nine-Hole and Unified Golf – LOCATION CHANGE

Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to make a location change for the 2023 Region E 9 Hole and Unified Golf Competition. The competition will remain on Tuesday, July 25th but will be held at Chicago Heights EAST Golf Club (Glenwood Rd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411).

We truly apologize for the inconvenience and we are very grateful to the Chicago Heights EAST Golf Club for working with us on such short notice. We are hopeful that by keeping the competition date the same and having an extra hour in the morning to get things started, everyone will be able to make this location change work.

What Is Golf?

Golf provides Special Olympics Illinois athletes the opportunity to develop their golf skills by participating in individual skills competition, three-hole and six-hole competitions. Golfers who have the ability to put all of the skills together can participate in nine-hole competition. Unified golf is also offered, which pairs those with and without intellectual disabilities together to compete in a nine-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 the State Golf Tournament, which is held in Decatur each September.

Golf Events Offered in Illinois


  • Nine-hole competition


  • Nine-hole aggregate team play


  • Three-hole, six-hole or nine-hole competition
    • Individual skills competition (short and long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron and wood shot

Competition Information

  • Everyone will be teeing off from the RED tees
  • All athletes and partners must be ready at least 10 minutes prior to their tee time.
  • Golf carts will not be available for athletes, unified partners, coaches or spectators
    • An exception will only be made for an athlete or a unified partner who has already submitted a doctor’s note that has been approved by the region office
  • Per limitations in the golf course schedule, we have no choice but to revert back to the 10 minute time restriction.
    • Each hole MUST be completed after 10 minutes or 10 shots, whichever comes first
  • Please make athletes and partners are dressing appropriately for the weather, and still abiding by the dress code.

Facility Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Event Details

  • Athlete/Partner Arrival Time: 8:00am
  • Registration: 8:15am
  • Athlete/Partner Staging: 8:45am
  • First Tee time: 9:00am
  • Awards and Lunch: Tentative, after athletes complete their event

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Athletes should bring their own PPE, golf clubs and golf balls.


Athletes will be divisioned prior to the event based off qualifying scores. Athletes will be awarded at event.


Lunch will be available at the clubhouse after the competition is over for athletes only.

Supporting Documents

2023 Region E 9 Hole and Unified Golf Tee Time Schedule

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

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports 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 25 2023


8:30 am - 3:00 pm




Chicago Heights EAST Golf Club
Glenwood Road, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Annie Riddering


Annie Riddering
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