The folks at Augusta National say The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday. People in Myrtle Beach know the ultimate post-tournament party doesn’t begin until the following day at the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am.
Held each Monday following The Masters at Barefoot Golf Resort’s Dye Course in North Myrtle Beach, the celebrity fund-raiser commemorates its 25th year of bringing together some of the biggest names in sports, music, movies and TV for a great time and a worthy cause. Featuring PGA and LPGA players paired with celebrities and sponsors, the good-natured competition is open and available for the general public to laugh along with the stars and get autographs from some of your favorite celebrities.
Benefitting the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundations, the tournament has raised nearly $2 million dollars for South Carolina-based charities, including the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, and Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup musical showcase. Although the big day, of course, comes the Monday after the Masters, the fundraiser is actually a three-day event (April 7-9) that includes a charity auction, Masters viewing party, practice round and a big closing concert.
The main event takes place on Monday, April 9, and patrons can purchase tournament-only passes or three-day VIP packages that include all the festivities. Ticketholders can make the drive to Barefoot Resort to park and catch a shuttle to the course for a full day of festivities. Arrive early to see the side-splittingly hilarious long drive contest before the star-studded foursomes hit the Dye Course layout.
Grab a good spot by the green and watch each group interact with the gallery, or find your favorite fivesome and follow them around the course. Most of the celebrities make themselves available to fans to take selfies or sign autographs, and the unscripted comedy that takes place between the ropes is funnier than most of scripted lines that made them famous. The largest galleries gather around regulars like golfer John Daly, quarterback Jim McMahon and comedian Ron White.
Although this year’s list of celebrities and golfers has not yet been announced, there’s always a bumper crop of talent in the field. Past participants include actors Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Murray, musicians Alice Cooper and Jason Mraz, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, baseball hall-of-famers Johnny Bench and George Brett, NFL greats Marcus Allen, John Elway, Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Michael Strahan, soccer stars Alexi Lalas and Mia Hamm,, NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty, Michael Waltrip and Denny Hamlin, and pro wrestler Rick Flair.
Among the top golfers to participate in the event over the years are legends like Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Nancy Lopez. Other pros include Tommy Armour III, Rich Beem, Brandel Chamblee, Fred Couples, Chris DiMarco, David Duval, Lee Elder, Nick Faldo, David Faherty, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Tim Herron, JB Holmes, Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Scott McCarron, Andy North, Brett Quigley, Charlie Rymer, Scott Simpson, Craig Stadler and more.
Following a full day of fun on the links, the party moves across the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway to the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing. The Hootie & the Blowfish and Friends Concert sees all the musicians (and even some who are not) take the stage at the HOB to jam with the band It’s the finale of a three-day party that allows invitees to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in entertainment. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.hootiegolf.com.