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Golf is new to Special Olympics Canada and is a pilot program only played at the local level. There are no competitions provincially or nationally at this time.
The Special Olympics Golf program is centred on two educational phases designed to encompass all skill levels: learning to swing a golf club and learning to play the game. Athletes may participate in Skills, 9 hole stroke play or 18 hole stroke play.
Special Olympics golf includes three levels of competition:
- Level 1: Individual Skill Contest — entry-level athletes are tested for six skills similar to on-course play, including a wood shot, an iron shot, a pitch shot, a chip shot, a long putt and a short putt.
- Level 2: Individual Stroke Play — 9-hole
- Level 3: Individual Stroke Play — 18-hole