There’s something regal and festival about a golf major. They’re the season’s most prestigious events, and winners make their name into history. They draw the world’s elite players to the most distinctive courses for the best in golf.
For fans, it’s like having a handful of Super Bowls every season.
Major championships inspire us to watch, but also to play. To celebrate. And what better place to do both than the Golf Capital of the World — Myrtle Beach? Here’s how to create a package with friends, golf, and major championships on the Grand Strand.
Fun Facts About Major Championships
1.) The PGA Championship winner gets a Wanamaker trophy replica for one year. Legendary Walter Hagen won the tournament in 1928 and lost the original trophy! Officials recovered it two years later and the PGA of America has it now.
2.) Jack Nicklaus (18), Tiger Woods (14), and Walter Hagen (11) have the most major championship wins.
3.) Winners get a five-year tour-card exemption in the PGA and European Tour. Players otherwise must re-qualify each year for a tour card.
The Masters Tournament
Augusta National | April 8-11
The year’s first major happens at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. The winner gets the iconic green jacket and chooses the menu for the next year’s event dinner.
Where to Stay: North Beach Resort & Villas
Find a quiet, well-appointed, and clean room with a marvelous view at North Beach Resort & Villas. Check out current specials, too, at this beautiful property.
Where to Play: Barefoot Resort & Golf
Might as well while you’re here — with several courses to choose from, all scenic. You’ll find great greens, friendly staff, and a wonderful experience on any course you play at Barefoot Resort & Golf.
Where to Watch: Bully’s Pub & Grill
Head to Barefoot Landing for a chill setting with lots of beers to choose from. An awesome pondside deck and happy hour make Bully’s Pub & Grill a we’ll-be-back kind of place.
The PGA Championship
Kiawah Island Ocean Course | May 20-23
The 103rd edition of the PGA Championship comes to South Carolina. Rory McIlroy won here in 2012 in the first major championship in the state.
Where to Stay: Caribbean Resort & Villas
Come relax by the sea at Caribbean Resort, with pools, hot tubs, and on-site dining options. You’ll find a clean, spacious, comfortable room with a view at Caribbean Resort.
Where to Play: Pine Lakes Country Club
It’s an area favorite loaded with history. Pine Lakes Country Club has challenging holes, plus first-rate service from bag drop to the clubhouse.
Where to Watch: Pine Lakes Tavern
It’s a quaint joint with outdoor seating and locally-sourced fare. Pine Lakes Tavern is a great low-key spot to enjoy the tournament and have a cold one.
U.S. Open Championship
Torrey Pines | June 17-20
The Championship returns to San Diego for the first time since 2008. Tiger Woods edged Rocco Mediate that year in a classic showdown on one of the most beautiful courses in the U.S.
Where to Stay: Litchfield Beach & Golf
Find a far-off destination that is also close to the action in Myrtle Beach. On the pristine Pawleys Island shore, Litchfield Beach & Golf might be the finest beach and golf resort in the nation.
Where to Play: TPC Myrtle Beach
Play this Tom Fazio-designed championship course near Murrells Inlet. TPC Myrtle Beach a five-star course you’ll wish you could rate six stars. Great experience.
Where to Watch: Bourbon & Burnz
As you could expect, Bourbon & Burnz has an incredible array of bourbon. It’s a great place to take in the tournament, in a comfy setting with fantastic drinks.
The Open Championship
Royal St. George’s | July 15-18
This will be the 149th playing of golf’s oldest major, and the 15th at Sandwich in Kent, England. Darren Clarke won his first major here in 2011, the last time Royal St. George’s hosted it.
Where to Stay: The Strand Resort
This luxurious resort is perfect for a weekend getaway, in the heart of Myrtle Beach. You’ll have a great time with terrific on-site amenities at The Strand Resort, with a short walk to the Grand Strand shore.
Where to Play: Arrowhead Country Club
Ray Floyd designed this award-winning, 27-hole course. A unique challenge on an intriguing course layout is in store for you at Arrowhead Country Club.
Where to Watch: The Grumpy Monk
It’s a nice family spot, too, and if you’re the sushi type and the wings type, this place is for you. The Grumpy Monk serves a proof ice cream you must try.