What will follow is five days of golf, food, drink and memory-making. For many, the World Am, as it is popularly called, is a brand-new experience of extreme, blissful golf overload. New friends will be made and the energy of Myrtle Beach will be set against a seemingly unending parade of pars and bogeys, with a few birdies scattered among the bunch.
For a large number of the thousands of participants, though, the World Am serves more as a chance to reunite and compete against old friends, some who have been playing in the event for well over half of its lifespan. Statistically, the average World Am participant plays in at least five more editions of the golf event. That incredible loyalty has been the foundation upon which so much of the fun and success of the event has been built. Those who play in the World Am know what they’re getting: an immersive week of golf at courses that are well-designed and in excellent shape, combined with a memorable competitive element and—oh, by the way—the World’s Largest 19th Hole to boot!
More than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s golf courses are in this year’s rota, including standouts at Barefoot Resort, Legends Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Plantation, Grande Dunes Resort Club and so many more. Dozens of flights will be assigned by handicap range, enabling players to compete against fellows of approximately similar skill. Players better than scratch and those who have trouble breaking 100 all get to play within their own comfort zones over the four main days of the tournament. All bets are off, though, on the World Am’s prestigious fifth day. Only those who have won their respective flights are eligible for this one-day “tournament within a tournament” contested in 2013 at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort. The course, which also hosts the annual Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, is an excellent test of golf where, at the end of the day, one exhausted player will emerge and be crowned World Champion.
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