Golf is one of three disciplines that will be part of the next Games in Australia. But the question is: how will they make it different?

Golf will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in 2026.

After making a triumphant return to the Olympic Games in 2016, our sport will be part of the quadrennial event for the first time when it takes place in Australia.

Golf Australia’s CEO James Sutherland described it as “a great win for golf”.

He added: “This announcement validates golf’s increasing popularity and the enormous growth that the sport has enjoyed over the last three years.”

Gavin Kirkman, the chief executive of the PGA of Australia, said: “It’s going to provide playing opportunities for our young stars from around the Commonwealth.

“We absolutely love golf in the Olympic Games and we’re sure that the sport being in the Commonwealth Games will be important for golf going forward as well. It’s a big stage, the Commonwealth Games, and we’re privileged to be finally on it.”

Organisers also revealed they will be exploring the possibility of a para-golf event – but the big question on every golf fan’s lips is: What will the format be? The Olympic Golf Federation received widespread criticism for sticking to the standard 72-hole stroke play, while also missing the opportunity to hold a mixed event.

BMX and coastal rowing are two other sports that will make their debut at the Commonwealth Games, which will take place from March 17-29, 2026.

Alex Perry


Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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