The Els for Autism 2021 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 7-month period from April through October, 2021. 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 $15,000 or more in donations will advance to The Grand Finale, to be held during the Fall of 2021. 

The Golf Challenge is open to all amateur and professional golfers. A professional golfer may not be elibigable to win the tourament and scores will not be counted toward final tournment results. At least one team member must be 18 years of age or over.

Teams that raise $15,000 or more in donations will qualify for the Golf Challenge Grand Finale, to be held on October 24-26th, 2021 in Nassau, Bahamas. Teams competing in regional events or members of the Affiliate Event Program can only qualify for the Grand Finale by raising $15,000 or more. All teams across the Golf Challenge series and in the Affiliate Event Program will have until September 23rd at 3PM EST to qualify for the Grand Finale.

  • Access to the Grand Finale for a two-person team with one non-golf guest per player
  • 1 x two person team in the Grand Finale golf tournament 
  • Invitation to the Welcome Reception
  • Invitation to the Gala Celebration & Awards Ceremony
  • Two nights’ accommodation (based on double occupancy) 
  • Luxury gift bag for each player

No, winner of the regional event will not advance to the Grand Finale in 2021. Teams must raise at least $15,000 to qualify for the Grand Finale. However, winners will be awarded with a regional event prize and a $7,500 fundraising credit that may be used towards the $15,000 goal.

Visit the Donate 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.

You may also donate by check. Please make all checks payable to 'Els for Autism' and mail to:
Els for Autism
Attn: Golf Challenge Accounting
18370 Limestone Creek Road
Jupiter, Florida 33458

Due to COVID-19, some regional events may have to play tee times rather than a shotgun start. If tee times are issued, players will be notified three days prior to the event on what time they will tee off at. However, if a shotgun start is permitted, players will be assigned to a specific hole to start on.

Each golf course venue has different regulations regarding golf carts. The Els for Autism events team will notify players prior to the regional event if they are permitted to share a golf cart with their playing partner. If a player is not comfortable riding with another player, our team will arrange for them to have their own cart.

Prior to play, all players will be provided with breakfast or lunch. After play, golfers will be served lunch or dinner. The serving style will depend on the social distancing guidelines at the golf course venue. Please be aware that a boxed or plated meal may be the only option at some events.

To limit social interaction, there may not be a post golf reception at every Golf Challenge regional event. If the Els for Autism team is not able to safely host a post golf reception, alternative arrangements will be made to offer meals, announce the tournament winners and update participants on the work being done at The Els Center of Excellence.

We are currently planning a very special Golf Challenge Grand Finale in the Bahamas, October 24 – 26, 2021.  If COVID-19 circumstances require our team to change this event, we plan to reschedule the Grand Finale to a future date.