Australian golf welcomes sport’s inclusion in Commonwealth Games

Australian Golf has welcomed the exciting news that golf will appear for the first time at the Commonwealth Games when the Games take place in Victoria in 2026. The sport appeared on the new list of competitions released today along with two other new sports – BMX and coastal rowing. Golf made a reappearance at the 2016 Olympics after a gap of over 100 years and was also part of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. But it was not part of a Commonwealth Games program before and Australian Golf recognized the initiative of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Government of the State of Victoria in endorsing golf in the 2026 programme. The addition of golf was prompted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which organizes also the Olympic Golf Competition and the World Amateur Team Championship, and the three major Australian golf bodies – the PGA of Australia, the WPGA and Golf Australia. At this stage, there is no announcement on the format of the competition. Given the wide range of quality golf courses in the Victoria area, organizers will be spoiled for choice. Various regional golf facilities have expressed interest in hosting, noting that the 2026 Games are designated at regional centers in Geelong, Ballarat, Gippsland and Bendigo. James Sutherland, chief executive of Golf Australia, said he was excited by the news that golf will be part of Commonwealth Games competition. “This is a big win for golf,” said James Sutherland, managing director of Golf Australia. “This announcement validates the growing popularity of golf and the tremendous growth the sport has enjoyed over the past three years. The golf industry has embarked on an aggressive growth strategy of attracting new people to the game. The 2026 Commonwealth Games will provide a huge platform to further demonstrate the appeal of golf as a sport for all . “With the PGA of Australia and the WPGA Tour, Golf Australia is delighted to work with the IGF, CGF and State Government to deliver a wonderful spectacle and we encourage innovative thinking around a competition format. inclusive for both men and women, and appealing to golf fans new and old. Gavin Kirkman, Chief Executive of the PGA of Australia, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for our sport. It will provide opportunities for game to our young stars from the Commonwealth. “We love golf at the Olympic Games and we are sure that having the sport taking part in the Commonwealth Games will also be important for golf in the future. It’s a big step, the Commonwealth Games, and we’re privileged to finally be on this.” Karen Lunn, Managing Director of the WPGA Tour, said: “We are especially thrilled to see some of our fantastic players competing at the sides of the men on this stage. These are the types of platforms we seek to find for our sport and I’m glad we were able to do that so quickly. The 2026 Commonwealth Games will be held from March 17-29. It is estimated that the Games will bring over $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating over 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs beyond the Closing Ceremony .