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The Golf Challenge

The Golf Challenge is a series of charity-driven amateur golf tournaments played every year at top-rated courses across the US and Canada in order to raise funds for Els for Autism.





Since the event’s inception in 2011, over 21,000 rounds of golf have been played and the fundraising total now stands at a staggering $37 million.

Every dollar and cent raised benefits the Els for Autism Foundation, which is committed to better understanding the aspirations of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and helping them to fulfil their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. 

The Grand Finale

At the conclusion of every year’s Golf Challenge, the winners, sponsors and top fundraisers gather at the Grand Finale, a two-day extravaganza of golf and entertainment. The event, which is attended by Ernie and Liezl takes place in the opulent surroundings of The Breakers in Palm Beach and includes golf on the resort’s exquisite Ocean Course, Florida’s oldest layout (pictured at the top of this page).

“This is always one of the highlights of the year for Liezl and me,” says Ernie. “It’s a pleasure for us and the team at Els for Autism to spend time with everyone who earns their place at the Grand Finale and to have some fun together. Liezl and I have spoken about this before; we’re humbled by their commitment and efforts to raise money for our foundation. They have our sincere gratitude and respect. They’re literally helping change peoples’ lives, making a positive impact for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. And the results of their fundraising efforts are evident every day in the wonderful work being done at The Els Center of Excellence.”

THE E4A Golf Challenge


Now in its 14th year, The Golf Challenge is blessed with a wonderful schedule of regional events at some of the top-rated golf courses across the United States. We very much look forward to welcoming you for a day of fun and fundraising!


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