Ever watch a PGA Tour pro line up a 6-foot putt with everything on the line? Ever try to put yourself in his place but can’t replicate the pressure?
To truly want to put yourself in his golf shoes and feel the pleasure and pressure of playing in a tournament, or if you simply enjoy watching top players battle it out on the course, Myrtle Beach offers great opportunities to experience the thrill of competition on the links and in the gallery.
Once host to the Senior Tour Championship (1994-2000), as well as LPGA Tour events, PGA Tour Q School finals, the Canadian Open and other big-time tourneys, Myrtle Beach also allows golfers of all skill levels to contend for a title, including the world’s largest amateur handicap championship.
Another round of tournaments are locked and loaded for 2020 and entry deadlines are closing in fast as these highlighted events typically sell out quickly. Here’s a look at the 2020 tournament schedule so pros, amateurs and spectators alike can make the trip to Myrtle Beach for all the action:
Don’t put your clubs in winter storage yet. This fourth annual event attracts golfers from all over the country for world-class golf in a mild climate. Featuring play at six acclaimed Grand Strand area courses, Barefoot Resort (Fazio Course), Pawleys Plantation, The Pearl, River Club, River Oaks and Thistle Club, this 54-hole, two-person tournament offers a Sunday afternoon reception, followed by three days of competition, off-the-course camaraderie and a closing awards ceremony.
PGA Tour superstar Dustin Johnson got his start playing golf on the Grand Strand, and the two-time major champion pays it back every year by hosting this event. An international field of the top 90 male and female golfers ages 13-18 compete at TPC Myrtle Beach in hopes of capturing the crown and the attention of college scouts. Admission is free to see the stars of future, and DJ himself has made recent appearances to present the trophies.
Considered by many to be a mini-sized version of the World Am, the March Championship has quickly become a favorite among golfers of all handicaps. The three-round event features flighted, individual play at six highly rated courses, Barefoot Resort (Love Course), Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Litchfield Country Club, River Oaks and The Wizard. More than $10,000 in prizes are up for grabs for division winners as well as contests and drawings.
The Grand Strand’s most popular spectactor event of the year features the South Carolina-based rock band and its big-name friends from the worlds of sports, music and entertainment. Held at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course on Monday, April 13, the 18-hole tournament is the highlight of a three-day stretch of concerts, charity auctions and autograph sessions. PGA Tour golfers pair with celebrities and interact with the gallery for a fun day on the links. Tickets go on sale Feb. 17, and every year this event is a sellout.
Two of the most inspirational tournaments on the Grand Strand run simultaneously in the spring, honoring veterans and heroes from 9/11 on the golf course. The 21st Annual Veterans Golf Classic welcomes more than 400 retired and active duty military members competing at 12 area golf courses. The Never Forget Memorial Golf Outing, which has run every year since 2002, pays tribute to first-responders at Barefoot Resort (Love and Norman Courses). The final day of each event features a moving tribute as part of its closing ceremonies.
Take your family’s Myrtle Beach summer vacation to the next level with some healthy competition and cooperation on the links. Featuring two tournaments in one – the Father & Son Team Classic for the males or the Parent & Child Team Classic for all gender combinations – these events see two-person teams play three days of golf on eight different area courses. Festivities include family functions, free food and prizes. These tournaments are a great way to build family bonds in the spirit of competition.
More than 3,200 players ranging from scratch golfers to high handicappers come from all over the world to compete on a level playing field at over 60 area courses. Featuring four days of rotating formats, flight winners compete for the title of World Am champion to cap a week of fun, golf, food, drinks and friendship. Each round is followed by a big night of entertainment at the World’s Largest 19th Hole at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Lots of contests and giveaways make sure that everyone leaves Myrtle Beach feeling like a winner.
Although the 2020 toournament dates are still to be announced, this unique fall event has sold out every year since its inceptions seven years ago. Featuring four days of play at 16 area courses, the Fall Classic allows players of all skill levels to compete in varying formats at some of the Grand Strand’s best layouts during the mild autumn season. Check back for registration info and be ready to book.
Myrtle Beach has a full calendar of tournaments and other golf-related events still in the works for 2020. Stay up to date on the latest tournament announcements, or plan your own golf getaway with friends at Myrtle Beach Golf. Whether you enjoy the excitement of competition or the relaxation of playing the game, Myrtle Beach Golf has you covered.