Myrtle Beach: The Perfect Place For a Competitive Golf Vacation
Do you love to travel to play golf? Do you live to compete against your buddies, from a friendly wager to your home club tournaments? Unsurprisingly, the vastest golf destination in the world is also the ideal place to tee it up in competition, no matter your handicap. In recent years, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has responded to the success of its flagship Myrtle Beach World Am by adding a number of new events to the calendar.
Myrtle Beach World Amateur
Entering its 33rd year, this is the tournament that started it all. Attracting more than 3,000 players across dozens of flights every year, the Myrtle Beach World Amateur is the largest golf tournament in the world, bringing players from all 50 states and numerous countries to the Grand Strand for four regular tournament rounds, plus a fifth Championship round, where all flight winners compete for the title of World Amateur Champion. A Gross Division for accomplished players has gained popularity in recent years, and the “World’s Largest 19th Hole” is always a hub of post-round activity. 2016 Dates: August 29 – September 2.
Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic
If you are looking to shake the winter rust off in competition, the Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic is ideal. Held at the end of January, it is a 54-hole, two-person team event designed for golfers looking to get back into the swing of things for the year. That means the formats – Best-Ball the first round, Combined Team Net the second and a Texas Scramble the third – are a little gentler, so you can lean on your partner for support. 2016 Dates: January 31 – February 3 (stay tuned for 2017 dates).
Myrtle Beach March Championship
Want to experience the thrill and camaraderie of competitive golf in Myrtle Beach during prime early-Spring conditions and weather? Then you’re going to want to play in the Myrtle Beach March Championship. Based on the format of the famous Myrtle Beach World Am (but 54 holes, rather than 72), the March Championship takes place over some of the Grand Strand’s best layouts: Farmstead Golf Links, The Hackler Course, Long Bay Club, Panthers Run Golf Links, Shaftesbury Golf and Fish Club and the Avocet Course at Wild Wing Plantation. 2016 Dates: March 5 – March 8.
Myrtle Beach’s vastness means that many visitors choose one of three – North, Central, South – sub-regions as the base of their Grand Strand golf vacations. The Calabash Cup is geared toward those who love the Myrtle Beach area’s northern reaches, and it’s a great opportunity for those less familiar to experience that part of the area golf scene in a competitive environment. The Calabash Cup is a two-person team event following the same format as the Preseason Classic. 2016 Dates: July 24 – 26.
Myrtle Beach Fall Classic
Now in its third year, the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic is fast approaching the Myrtle Beach World Am in popularity. Taking place in the heart of the prime fall golf season, the Fall Classic combines four rounds of two-person team golf with some of the best courses on the Grand Strand – Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach and Grande Dunes Resort Club among them. 2016 Dates: November 15 – 19.
For more information on these and the other competitive events throughout the Myrtle Beach golf scene, visit http://www.myrtlebeachgolfholiday.com/tournaments/.