Golf at the Olympic Games


Golf appeared at the Olympic Games for the first time in Paris in 1900. 22 golfers competed– 12 men and 10 women. The 1904 tournament was held in St Louis, Missouri and featured 77 golfers – all male. Golf was not included in future Olympic Games, until after more than a century, when it was readmitted onto the Olympic Programme at the 121st IOC session in Copenhagen in 2009.

After an absence of 112 years, the opening tee shot of the Olympic Golf competition was struck at 07.30am on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Reserva da Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro.

Golf will again be played at the Games in Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.Fifty-six years after having organised the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020.

The Games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organisers of the event in 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organised and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.

Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2020, the country will host its fourth Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.

Tokyo 2020 Competition Schedule

Men: Thursday July 30th to Sunday 2nd of August.

Women: Wednesday August 5th to Saturday August 8th.

2020 Format and Qualification System

The Olympic field is restricted to 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s competitions. The IGF will utilise the official world golf rankings to create the Olympic Golf Rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.

The golf competition consists of a 72 hole individual stroke play for both men and women (four rounds scheduled over four (4) consecutive days). Scores are cumulative from round to round. The player with the lowest aggregate score wins.

Qualification timelines for the men’s and women’s competitions can be found here:


Tokyo 2020 Olympic Golf Rankings can be found here:


The Olympic Golf Course

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games golf competitions will be held at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private course in Saitama. Founded in 1929, the club hosted several professional and amateur tournaments; in 1957 it hosted Japan’s first-ever Golf World Cup.

Website address https://www.kasumigasekicc.or.jp/english/

Distance from Narita Airport 119km

Distance from City Centre 45km

Distance from Olympic Village 49km

Capacity of Spectators 25,000


More information on the Tokyo 2020 Games may be found on the IOC and IGF official websites as well as the Tokyo 2020 official website.

IOC official website: https://www.olympic.org/tokyo-2020

IGF official website: https://www.igfgolf.org/olympic-games/tokyo-2020/

Tokyo 2020 official website: https://tokyo2020.org/en/