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Your Guide to the National Retired Military Golf Classic

In golf and military circles, the National Retired Golf Classic in Myrtle Beach is one of the year’s best events.

In its 39th season, it’s a chance for folks to reconnect with old friends on the Grand Strand’s finest courses. And to make new friends among those with the distinction to have served in the U.S. military. This year, it’s May 31-June 4.

The National Retired Golf Classic donates some proceeds to charities:

  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Folds of Honor
  • ROTC
  • USO

Which Courses Are in Play?

The Classic will play on four prime Grand Strand courses. Here’s a rundown.

  • Burning Ridge Golf Club: Well-maintained — updated greens and gorgeous fairways are signatures. Gene Hamm’s design features pine-tree-lined fairways and Bermuda-419 grass.
  • Myrtle Beach National: Wow — this course is immaculate. It’s three courses of Arnold Palmer design, 54 holes of magnificence – you’ll be enjoying the West course.
  • Myrtlewood Golf Course: Nice — the greens are in great shape. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Renovations to the Palmetto and PineHills courses have made Myrtlewood even more popular.
  • Wild Wing Plantation: Challenging — this Conway facility has a reputation for great conditions. It features two courses, including Avocet, a Larry Nelson and Jeff Brauer design.
  • Kings North: Exciting – this course will quickly become one of your favorite courses in Myrtle Beach. 
Retired Military golf event

Where to Stay

Brittain Resorts is the official hotel partner for the National Retired Military Classic. Get reduced rates for this event, at an array of properties. Ocean Reef Resort, which is the official host hotel, is central to courses in play.

Call (855) 969-3171, option 2 for new reservations. Available dates to book are May 27 to June 5, 2022.

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Which Are the Featured Resorts?

Amid the Brittain Resorts family, these are gems on the Grand Strand. Learn more here, but be sure to visit the tournament’s website to book your special rate for the event.

  • Bay View Resort: Indoor pool, indoor kiddie pool, and children’s splash deck. You’ll want to come again and again, for all the amenities and easy beach access.
  • Breakers Resort: Indoor waterpark, Papa’s Family Dining, and Jaybo’s Pizza & Grill. You’ll have amazing beach views, hot tubs, and lots of dining options nearby.
  • Caribbean Resort: Water amenities, an oceanfront water slide, and an oceanfront pool bar. A great place to stay, near restaurants, entertainment, and steps from the shore.
  • Compass Cove Resort: Waterslides, oceanfront fire pit, and poolside tiki bar. Opt for the onsite breakfast or cook for yourself in efficiency rooms.
  • Grande Cayman Resort: Silly Sub water park, rooftop mini-golf, and onsite Starbucks. The pool area and beach access are awesome, and Turtle Bay Cafe is a must-visit.
  • North Beach Resort & Villas: Four-diamond oceanfront property, Caribbean-themed pool, and lazy river. It’s a beautiful resort with friendly staff and 21 Main steakhouse onsite.
  • Ocean Reef Resort: Banana Boat Lounge, Lagoon Launcher water park, and a tanning lawn. Oceanfront rooms with balconies — does it get any better?
  • Paradise Resort: Sandals Cafe, free attraction tickets, indoor and outdoor pools. Get a clean, comfortable room and many amenities.
  • The Strand Resort: Pools, oceanfront cabanas, and free breakfast. A nice, clean resort with easy parking and a recent remodel.

More Details on the Tournament

Entry fees (deadline: May 14):

  • Men: $365
  • Women: $320

Entry fees cover:

  • Awards, prizes (hole-in-one, Par 3 closest to pin), and drawings
  • Commemorative gift
  • Food and drink certificate or Alabama Theatre Show ticket
  • Gift certificates
  • Golf and cart fees
  • Golf shirt
  • Refreshment tickets

All You Need to Know About the Rules

Men and women will be assigned to teams based on the index. Each team will have a player from each category, ABC and D. Players will:

  1. Hit the ball then select the best shot
  2. Hit second shot from a selected shot position
  3. Continue until the ball is holed out
  4. Each player’s drive must be used twice
  5. USGA approved rangefinders are permitted

Players will receive a rules sheet at registration. They’re also on the scorecard and on the website.) Men 70 years and older use senior tees. Men and women 80 years and older use super-senior tees.

Refer to rules about handicaps and related requirements. NRMGC rulings are final. Soft spikes on all courses only.

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