What is golf?
Golf in the School Games is delivered as a team sport through several formats, which include:
- 8-game Golfway Skills Festival
- 4-game Virtual Golfway Skills Competition
- Golfway School Games Values Festival
- My Personal Best ('My PB') Challege.
The space required to set up the 4-game competition is the equivalent of a badminton court, or for the 8-game version, a netball court or small football pitch. All formats can be played indoors or outdoors and in confined spaces.
Find out more about how to play golf formats.
- Cones and/or foam skittles
- Golf clubs (e.g. chipper, putter)
- Targets (e.g. hoops, natural terrain)
- Suitable space (either inside or outdoors)
Officially licensed Golfway equipment suitable for school competitions can be purchased from the Golf Foundation store.
A brief history of golf
In 1951, a recognition that the sport of golf was facing falling participation and a decline in playing standards prompted Jack Burroughs to consult with several interested parties; one of the solutions identified was to become active in schools.
With support from three-time Open Champion Henry Cotton, a lecture and demonstration event was held at two schools. The feedback from this event signalled they were on the right track, and from this the core activity of the Golf Foundation took shape - its aim: to make golf instruction in schools accessible via a process of fundraising and subsidy.
By 1953, 108 schools had registered for Golf Foundation instruction, which resulted in 3,500 young people engaging in the sport of golf.
The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.
School Games Organisers
School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.Sign up to find your local SGO
School Games formats
Learn more about the School Games formats suitable for golf competitions:
Golf Primary Challenge
Drive for Show Putt for Dough, Finders Keepers, Grand National
Golf Primary Competition
Tri Golf Festival
Golf Secondary Competition
Dominoes, Champions League, Golf Roots Super Sixes
StreetGolf Sixes, Tri-Golf Skills
Golf Inclusive Competition
Inclusive Super Sixes Golf
Quick and easy golf activities
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