The Els for Autism 2017 Golf Challenge is a series of regional golf events open to amateur golfers of either gender to benefit the Els for Autism Foundation. The Golf Challenge will be played throughout the US and Canada during the 5-month period from May through September, 2017. The Els for Autism Golf Challenge also includes an option of running your own affiliate event or donating as a non-golfer. Teams that raise $13,000 or more in donations will advance to The Grand Finale, to be held in Palm Beach, FL on October 27th & 28th 2017.

The Els for Autism Golf Challenge is expanding its reach in 2017 by supporting new Affiliate Events around the world. Teams of up to two who register their event on the Golf Challenge web site at and raise $13,000+ for Els for Autism can qualify to attend the Grand Finale in Palm Beach, FL at The Breakers Hotel, October 27th & 28th, 2017.

Event Ideas:

  • Golf Days (give back day, auction, ladies day, member day, skins games, donation basket, hole contest, fun on-course hole competitions, etc.)
  • Run
  • Car Race
  • Tennis Tournament
  • 100 Hole Hike
  • Bike Race
  • Bowling
  • Dinner/Gala
  • Concert
  • Crowdfunding
  • Shopping Giveback
  • Raffle
  • Auction
  • Your Choice – Create Your Own
  • Gallery Club: donations only
  • **Please be creative – A restriction is that your Affiliate Event does not conflict with one of the Golf Challenge Regional events in the US or Canada.  The Els for Autism Foundation reserves the right to exclude any Affiliate Event if our staff determines that there is a conflict with a Golf Challenge Regional event or any other concern.

Teams that raise $13,000 or more in donations will advance to The Grand Finale, to be held in Palm Beach, FL. Teams competing in Regional events or members of the Affiliate Event Program can ONLY qualify for the Grand Finale by raising $13,000 or more. All teams across the series and in the Affiliate Event Program will have until October 2nd at NOON EST to qualify for The Finale via the $13,000 route.

  • Access to the Grand Finale in Palm Beach, FL for a two-person team with one guest per player
  • 1 x two player team in the Grand Finale golf tournament
  • Invitation to the Welcome Party
  • Invitation to Awards Ceremony
  • Two nights’ accommodation on October 27th & 28th (based on double occupancy)
  • Autism seminar for team guests
  • Luxury Gift Bag for each player

No, winners will not advance to The Finale in 2017. Teams must raise at least $13,000 to qualify for the Finale. Winners will be awarded with a Regional event prize & a $6,500 fundraising credit that may be used towards the $13,000 goal.

Visit and click ‘Event Schedule’ option under the Locations tab. Choose the event you are interested in participating in. Once you’ve reached the Regional event page, you have two options – sign up online with a credit card or mail in a check. If you are choosing to pay by check, download the PDF version of the registration form and mail along with your payment.

Visit and click the ‘Donate’ button on the home page. Search for the person you are looking to donate on behalf of and click the link for their team. Now that you are on their team page, click the ‘donate now’ button and donate. They will receive notification of your donation.

Fundraising credit will be shown in the form of a blue puzzle piece on your team fundraising page. It will not show in your team fundraising thermometer total. You may change your total goal to reflect $13,000 minus the credit that you have earned.

Example: If you win low net at a regional golf challenge event, your team will earn $6,500 in fundraising credit. This means you will only need to raise $6,500 in cash to reach your minimum fundraising goal and qualify for the 2017 Grand Finale.