Golf at IMGA Master Games

Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.

Golf is played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes in a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play. Stroke play is the most seen format at all levels, but most especially at the elite level.

The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. The 18-hole round was created at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1764. Golf’s first major, and the world’s oldest tournament in existence, is The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, which was first played in 1860 at the Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland. This is one of the four major championships in men’s professional golf, the other three being played in the United States: The Masters, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship.

Age categories

Men and Women: 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+

The age category you will compete in for Golf will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. For example, if you are 44 during Games time but have turned 45 by 31 December, you would compete in the 45-54 age category. Competitors can compete in one age category per event.

Possible events and disciplines

54 hole Stroke Play, plus 18 hole final for those that qualify.

  • Championship Competition
  • Stableford Competition

> Discover more about the sports program at IMGA World Masters Games Kansai 2021

Past Results

View the WMG Portland 1998 Golf results
View the WMG Melbourne 2002 Golf results
View the WMG Sydney 2009 Golf results
View the EMG Lignano 2011 Golf results
View the WMG Torino 2013 Golf results
View the PMG Vancouver 2016 Golf results
View the WMG Auckland 2017 Golf results
View the EMG Torino 2019 Golf results


The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.

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