7 World AM Golf Courses In South Carolina’s Top 15 Courses, Per Golfweek

Golfweek recently released its annual list of the best courses you can play in each state. Myrtle Beach, once again, dominated the ranking of South Carolina’s leading public courses.

Nine of the Palmetto State’s 15 best golf courses are located along the Grand Strand, 7 of which can be played in the 2017 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Those 7 courses in the list published by Golfweek include Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (#5 in state), True Blue Golf Club (#6), Moorland at Legends Resort (#9), Tidewater Golf Club (#10), TPC Myrtle Beach (#12), King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (#13) and Heritage Club (#14).

The rankings reflect the depth and quality of World AM’s golf course offerings. It's also further affirmation of Myrtle Beach's reputation as the game’s most popular destination.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, which is also a national Top 100 course, is lowcountry masterpiece. The course plays through stunning live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. This course is a delight from the time you enter the property until you are enjoying a post-round refreshment on the clubhouse deck overlooking the beautiful 18th hole.

Everything is big at True Blue Golf Club – the fairways, greens and most of all the fun. True Blue is ranked among America’s best public courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella.

The Moorland at Legends Resort is a P.B. Dye design that was once ranked among America’s 50 hardest courses by Golf Digest. The layout features the unforgettable 16th hole, a short par 4 called Hell’s Half-Acre.

Tidewater Golf Club is arguably the Grand Strand’s most scenic layout. The 3rd and 12th holes are a pair of par 3s situated along a beautiful stretch of Cherry Grove. The 13th hole, a stunning par 5, provides distant views of the Atlantic Ocean.

TPC Myrtle Beach, which has hosted a Senior Tour Championship along with the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, is one of the area’s premier layouts. It more than lives up to the lofty expectations associated with the TPC name.

King’s North, an Arnold Palmer design, is a Myrtle Beach institution, highlighted by the par 5 sixth hole, known to everyone as The Gambler. The alternate, island fairway is just one of the many reasons to play one of The King’s finest designs.

Heritage Club is another lowcountry favorite. The Dan Maples creation plays amongst live oak trees on land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. But what the course is most known for are its large undulating greens.

While the courses Golfweek’s raters honored are worthy of praise, they are hardly alone. The World AM utilizes over 50 golf courses and layouts like Grande Dunes, the Love and Fazio Courses and several others could’ve easily made Golfweek's best courses list.

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The Makings Of A Great Golf Trip

The Makings of a Great Golf Trip

So you've been to your local PGA TOUR event, taken that bachelor party in your heyday to Pinehurst and lost more money on the links than you're willing to share.  What do all of these memories have in common? They all were tailored around this game we love.

More likely than not you've already played in the World's Largest Amateur Golf Tournament here in Myrtle Beachgolf trip, but if you haven't or want to make it even better, take a piece of advice from the folks who live it every day. Here's a quick rundown of how you can make your first-- or twenty-first trip to Myrtle Beach another memory to last a lifetime.

For starters, ditch the cell phone. If you aren't in town with everyone who you need to talk to in the first place you probably didn't bring the right people. And if you're flying solo, embrace your opportunity to take it all in. Besides, nobody wants to deal with the person on the 10th tee yelling at his punk son to make sure he's not throwing a party while he's out of town.

Next, stop trying to do too much. This is a golf trip and golf is a game of leisure. This isn't New York City and you're not trying to beat rush hour. After your round sit for at least one beer with your foursome and learn a thing or two about each other if you haven't already. Then go back golf tripto the hotel and if it's oceanfront (which it should be) sit yourself on the balcony and enjoy the view.

What else do you need to do? Something you've never done before. Myrtle Beach has tons to offer.  This can be as simple as that new restaurant that just opened down the street or as farfetched as cruising at 200mph in the NASCAR Driving Experience at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Last but not least: Eat, drink and be merry. Here's my list of the best places in a random list of categories I made up:

  • Happy Hour - Liberty Brewery / Flying Fish
  • Splurge Dinner - 21 Main
  • Casual Dinner - Nacho Hippo / Bimini's
  • Clubhouse Bar - Caledonia Golf and Fish Club / Thistle Club
  • Beer Cart Service - Arrowhead Country Club
  • Beach Bar - Ocean Annie's
  • Place you wouldn't think to go to - 710 Bowling

Whether you come for the World Am or it's time for an annual buddies trip, remember my simple tips for an effective holiday.

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The World AM Staff’s Favorite Masters Memory

Story time! With the Masters starting tomorrow, we here at the World AM wanted to share with everyone our favorite Masters Memory. So sit back and enjoy the read. If you have your own favorite Masters Memory, be sure to share it with us on our Facebook Page!

Scott's Favorite Masters Memory

Monday, April 4, 2016

August National, Augusta, GA

There are few moments you never forget. For some it's their first child being born or their wedding day. For me, it’s the day I step foot on Augusta National.

It was a Friday afternoon in my office the week before the tournament and I get the call that there are two tickets for this coming Monday's practice round if I want them.

The first thing I do is call my father who I'd hope would be joining me. An eight hour drive away was not going to get in the way. We meet up in Columbia Sunday evening and wake up first thing in the morning to get in as the gates open. I had one request from my mother and that was to get a picture in front of the clubhouse with my father.

We walk in and are immediately mesmerized. Greener greens than you've ever seen, perfectly manicured flower beds and more delicious sweet tea than you can physically drink. First things first: get that photograph. We were disheartened when we were pointed out the line to get your photo taken. It had to be 250 people long. This could take hours. But, mothers orders, right?

We step in the line and await our turn. In a true stroke of fate, not five minutes of waiting had passed and I hear, "Scott?" being golf whispered. I turn and see my friend Caroline who I went to college with and in fact works for Augusta. We catch up for a few minutes before she asks, "would you like to get your photo taken?".

..is this a trick question? Yes! We hop in her cart and scurry past the throngs of bystanders while I had a grin inside me that I'm sure showed outward inadvertently. We got our photo taken (saving two hours of time) and made our way to the first tee where none other than Jason Day was starting his practice round. It's a memory with my father I'll cherish as long as I live.

 

Ryan's Favorite Masters Memory

The golf tournament that I look most forward to every year is the Masters.  There is just something magical about the event that puts it on a level above any other golf tournament for me.  This stems back to my childhood as one thing was almost certain in my house growing up and that was that my dad was going to miss my sister’s birthday almost every year as it fell on Masters and he was going to be there for the event.  This was big, but there is definitely one Masters that sticks out to me more than any other that has been played and more than likely will stick out more than any of them in the future as well.

In 1992 I was 10 years old and one of the guys from the group my father always went to the Masters with had something come up at the last minute and I was able to go with my dad for the event.  I stayed in a house with my father and a few other adults who all were like kids in a candy store discussing who they were going to follow at the event.  Well there was no question in my mind who I was going to follow as I had one golfer I loved to watch swing and play more than anyone else and that was Fred Couples.

I followed him all day on Thursday weaving my way through crowds of people.  Being so small I was always able to find a way to the edge of the ropes securing the perfect spot that the adults only dreamed of having.  To be honest, I can’t really remember any of the shots that he hit, but when we got back to house that evening I was definitely involved in the storytelling that went on amongst the guys about the event.  I could not wait to get back to the venue the next day where everywhere you walked was like walking on the best fairway you ever played golf on.

The next day I was able to repeat this process and followed him all day long and then the truly magical moment happened.  I watched him finish the 17th hole and found a way, as I had for two days, to get really close to him as he made his way to the 18th and final hole of the day.  At last, I finally gained enough courage to yell out  “Go get em Freddie”, which created an eruption of laughter from the crowd about the little squeaky voice from the young kid calling him Freddie.

I will never forget that next moment as Couples turned, looked me right in the eye, smiled and tossed his Maxfli HT-100 balata ball in my direction while causally continuing that famous smooth walk through the ropes.  The guy beside me reached out and one hand snagged that thing out of the air like your favorite first baseman before I was able to get my hands on it.  Couples stopped in his tracks, turned around, came right over to us and said “Hey man I was trying to give the ball to the kid”.  I'm not sure the guy liked it much, but he handed me the ball and Couples winked at me and headed on his way.

I was so excited I didn’t know what to do.  I couldn’t wait to find my way back to the group to tell everyone the story. Once I found everyone, the story quickly became highlight for the trip.  For everyone that doesn’t know, Fred Couples went on to win the 1992 Masters and he definitely remains my favorite golfer to this day.  I get the same question from everyone when telling the story now, “Do you still have the ball?”...That is a firm no as my golden retriever tore that thing into a hundred pieces two weeks after the event, but the 1992 Master will always hold a special place in my heart and is the place where I truly fell in love with the game of golf.

 

Cory's Favorite Masters Memory

My favorite Masters Memory begins in 2013. If you didn’t already know, I am an alumnus of the University of South Carolina. Because of USC’s close proximity to Augusta (Columbia, SC is about an hour’s drive from Augusta),  Augusta National and USC have always had a good relationship with one another. Every year, Augusta opens up temporary positions to USC students for that year’s Masters Tournament.  In 2013, my senior year, I was lucky enough to be hired to work at Augusta National.

2013 was a pretty big year for Augusta National. It was the first time they let women be members of the club, accepting Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore (fun fact: Darla Moore is a USC graduate and USC’s business school is named after her). Augusta National also opened up Berckmans Place for the first time. Berckmans Place, as golf.com put it, “is the ultimate Masters VIP room”. It holds 3 massive restaurants for guests that are members of corporations and capable of affording the hefty $6,000 price tag.

Anyways, I was hired on as a busboy for one of Berckmans Place’s restaurants, Calamity Jane’s Oyster Bar. It was a pretty incredible experience right from the get go. During the first week of training, I was able to walk around the course during our lunch break. Augusta National truly was the most beautiful golf course I had ever seen. It even exceeded my own high expectations. I swear it almost didn’t even look real.

When the week of the Masters came, it simply amazing to see the celebrities that ended up at Calamity Jane’s. Whether it was Lynn Swan, Kate Upton, or Arnold Palmer (who, believe it or not, ordered an Arnold Palmer), Berckmans truly was a place for VIPs. Don’t get me wrong though; it wasn’t all just fun and games. We were working around 14 hours a day and I was driving too and from Columbia each day. It was exhausting but well worth it.

When the tournament actually began, I snuck out on my lunch break the first two days to catch some play. The first day I got to see Sergio Garcia, the leader at the time, play hole 16. The second day I made a point to get to see Amen Corner, specifically Hole 12. My roommates and I had been playing a lot of Tiger Woods Golf recently, and that hole would do to us what it did to Spieth in 2016. So I had to see someone play it. Sure enough, the first golfer I see hits it right into the water. It’s safe to say I was pretty satisfied!

The week was capped off with the spectacular finish in Sudden Death between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrerra. It was truly special watching Scott sink the putt to win and all of Berckmans Place go crazy. It was most certainly an experience that I’ll never forget.

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World AM Staff Picks For The 2017 Masters

The 2017 Masters is upon us, and with that comes the World AM Staff's picks for who will be donning the Green Jacket. We've taken a different approach than most golf analysts out there, though. We'll be picking who we think is the favorite to win from 5 different categories and why. The 5 different categories consist of:

  • Past Winner - what past winner has the best shot of winning?
  • International Player - what international player has the best shot of winning?
  • Player Over 40 - what player over the age of 40 has the best shot of winning?
  • First Time Player - what first timer has the best shot of winning?
  • Favorite - what player has the overall best shot of winning?

To see a full list of the field, click HERE.

So, without further adieu, the World AM Staff's 2017 Masters Picks!

 

Scott

Past winner - Jordan Spieth

"Augusta suits his game well which is in great form currently. No chance he finishes outside the top 10."

International - Rory McIlroyjordan spieth masters

"If there's a year he takes home the Green Jacket. This is it."

Over 40 - Lee Westwood

"Made the cut here 14/18 times, Five top 10's in last seven years."

First Time PlayerThomas Pieters

"Lots of great players in this category. Only picked Pieters because people say I look like him. I don't see it."

Favorite - Dustin Johnson

"World #1. Period."

 

Chris

Past winner - Jordan Spieth

"2013 was the last time The Masters had a Sunday morning leader other than Jordan Spieth, so I'm not betting against rory mcilroy mastershim."

International - Rory McIlroy

"He's eventually going to win at Augusta, which is more than can be said for Garcia, Westwood and Els, among other Internationals, so give me the Irishman."

Over 40No Pick

"Do those guys still play?"

First Time PlayerWilliam McGirt

"First time players don't win The Masters and that won't change this year, but I'll be rooting for William McGirt, a native Carolinian and regular Monday After the Masters participant."

Favorite - Dustin Johnson

"Is there any other answer?"

 

Cory

Past Winner - Jordan Spieth

"With his epic collapse on the back 9 of the final round last year, Spieth has one thing on his mind: Redemption."phil mickelson masters

InternationalHideki Matsuyama

"With 3 wins and 2 second place finishes since October, Matsuyama is arguably the hottest golfer right now."

Over 40 - Phil Mickelson

"Mickelson always comes with his best game to Augusta. 2017 will be no different."

First Time PlayerJon Rahm

"Currently 7th in the FedEx Cup Rankings and the 26th ranked golfer in the world, there isn’t a newcomer that has a better shot than Jon Rahm."

Favorite - Dustin Johnson

"He’s the number one golfer in the world and he’s gotten past his first majors win hurdle. It’s his time."

 

Ryan

Past Winner - Jordan Spieth

"That’s right The Future already has a past."

InternationalJustin Rose

"This guys track record speaks for itself and he is going to break through at this event sooner rather than later."

Over 40 - Phil Mickelsonjohn rahm masters

"Who else in this category would you consider taking over Lefty."

First Time - John Rahm

"This course is set up for first timers to normally fail, but if I am choosing one this guy is a clear cut choice for me."

Favorite - Justin Rose

"Doesn’t matter if you are asking for favorite player, or who I actually think is the favorite to win is in 2017."

 

Kyle

Past WinnerJordan Spieth

"The guy just seems to play well during the biggest tournaments."

International - Jason Day

"People say his back is not 100%, but I saw an Instagram video of him this week swinging, and he looked good to me."

Over 40 - Phil Micklesontoto gana masters

"I'm a lefty, he's a lefty. Us lefty's need to stick together."

First Time Player - Toto Gana

"His name reminds me of the dog from The Wizard of Oz - that's my only reason."

Favorite - Dustin Johnson

"It may be the homer pick, but how can you bet against this guy right now?"

 

Jeff

Past Winner - Jordan Spieth

"He's finished T2-1-T2 in his three visits to Augusta. And last year was probably the biggest meltdown I've ever witnessed on a golf course. He loves the place and has the ball striking, putting and mindset to go really, really low."

International - Rory McIlroy

"He's only missed the cut once in eight tries and (when healthy) is probably the most talented player in the world. I give him the slight edge over Jason Day, who I think will own a green jacket before his career is over."

Over 40 - Phil MickelsonTyrrell-Hatton masters

"This is too easy. Other people may get cute here and try to find a way to go against the grain. But, they're wasting time. He has as many green jackets as missed cuts (3) in 24 appearances. Enough said, but if you need more... He has finishes this year of T8-T21-T14-T16-65-34-T7, so his game is pretty good at the moment as well."

First Time Player - Tyrell Hatton

"Hatton is on fire right now. He has finishes of  T23-T4-10-T4 this year. In addition, he is ranked 1st in SG:Putting, 13th in SG: Off the Tee and 5th in SG: Approach the Green. All of that, especially the putting, will come in handy on your first trip around Augusta National."

Favorite - Jordan Spieth

"See above. I think he wants to pummel this golf course to make up for last year's debacle."

Why TopGolf Is Important For Golf’s Future

TopGolf, the premier golf entertainment complex that mixes the game of golf with your local watering hole, is quickly becoming an important piece to golf's future. If you haven’t heard of it yet, let me run down what makes this exciting golf complex so unique.

TopGolf is one part driving range, one part bar and one part entertainment venue. The driving range is a 240 yard outfield with bullseyes set up all around on the ground. The closer you hit your ball to the center of one of the bulls-eyes, the topgolfmore points you score. The driving range is unique because the primary goal is laid-back competition with your friends; refining your golf skills is secondary to having fun. Combining the fun approach to the driving range with all of the other amenities (top of the line food menu, live entertainment, and alcoholic beverages) makes for a great time out on the town.

(You can learn more about TopGolf by clicking HERE)

But why is this important to growing the game? Well, if you haven’t heard already, the millennial generation isn’t playing the game of golf at the same rate that previous generations played at the same age. As a millennial myself, I can attest to this fact. There are simply other ways that I would like to spend my hard earned time and money than wondering if I should use a 4 or 5 iron on my approach shot after missing the fairway for the 8th straight hole.

With TopGolf, I’m still wetting my appetite for the competition that golf provides, albeit in more of an informal, and certainly less frustrating, manner. I’m also getting the nightlife with live music and good food and drinks that I place a high value on. Essentially, TopGolf is bringing an upper scale, bowling alley-type atmosphere to the game of golf. Anyone can go to a bowling alley and find a way to have a good time. Why can’t the same be had for golf?

The key here, though, is that while I’m not solely there for the game of golf, I’m still practicing by virtue of swinging a club. The biggest reason I don’t play is because of how bad I am. If I’m indirectly getting better at the game in the process of having a good time, that only increases the chances that I’ll want to go out and play a round on a golf course. I have no desire to stand on a range a couple times a week to get my game up to competent standards. Maybe I will after I feel more comfortable with my swing after going to a TopGolf a couple of times? Who knows, but the possibility of me getting on a golf range and, later a golf course, can only increase through TopGolf.

topgolf buildingAnother way TopGolf is helping grow the game is through their own Junior Golfer program called “Topgolf for Good”. In a recent  interview with Forbes, Erik Anderson, the co-chairman and CEO of TopGolf Entertainment Group, had this to say:

“Topgolf is always thinking of how we can help get clubs in the hands of new players, prepare them to transition to green grass and inspire them to enjoy golf in all of its forms, whether that's on TV, a mobile app or a PGA Tour event. Part of reaching the next generation of golfers means making the sport fun and accessible to everyone."

My man Erik! That is EXACTLY what I want to hear. The sport of golf needs to be proactively pursuing the younger generation. Relying on the game to sell itself is not working. TopGolf won’t be able to do it alone, but it’s definitely a great start.

So, Erik, when are you bringing TopGolf to Myrtle Beach?

Why I’m a Part Of the Golf Industry

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece in6a00d83462eb8d69e201b7c7cc7594970b-800wi which I gave out advice on your handicaps despite being a “Non-Golfer”. Many of you might have wondered, “If he’s a Non-Golfer, why are you in the golf industry?” Well, today, I’m here to tell you why.

 

One of the biggest reasons I am in the golf industry is because the sport of golf features one of the most unique competitions in sports. Not only are you competing against other players, but you’re also competing against the golf course itself. There isn’t another major sport that’s like that.

 

Another facet of golf that makes it unique is how important the mental aspect of the sport is, and because of this, it allows older golfers to still compete with the younger golfers, such as Mickelson vs. Spieth. The handicap system takes it a step further and truly puts golfers of all ages and sexes on an equal playing field. You don’t see that anywhere else, as it’s next to impossible to have a 60 year old competing against a 20 year old in a game such as basketball or football; there just isn’t a way to equalize the playing field in other sports.

 

While the competition is a fantastic aspect of golf, the camaraderie is what truly makes it special, particularly in the tournaments that we run. It’s always rewarding to see two or more competitors after a round of golf discussing the best and the worst shots of the day. There’s rarely any hostility, but there’s almost always laughter and enjoyment. It’s a special sight to behold when you see dozens of people that are competing with one another come in after the round and enjoy each other’s company. The game just seems to be fun for people, which in turn makes the job fun for me.

 

Golf IndustryGrowing up playing youth football and basketball, I was always stressed sportsmanship and to play with class and dignity. But as I got older, it seemed like the qualities that were stressed to me when I was younger were no longer as important. If you watch the NFL or NBA, it’s almost night and day how the athletes handle themselves in comparison to golf. Golf is kind of the poster sport for class and sportsmanship, making the golf industry all the more appealing.

 

Look at The Masters, for instance. How cool is it that the champion from the year before hands off the green jacket to the current year’s champion? In the twenty or so years I’ve been watching The Masters, outside of MAYBE Jordan Spieth last year, you don’t see the previous year’s winner upset at all during the ceremony; they’re usually genuinely excited for the new champion.

In a sense, I’m like all of you. The sport of golf is truly special to me, even if I’m not out there swinging a golf club.

Handicap Tips from a Non-Golfer

When I first started working for Golf Holiday back in April of 2014, I came in with no knowledge of the USGA’s Handicap System. I knew that it existed, but the intricate details that make up the Handicap System were a complete mystery to me. On top of that, I hadn’t played a round of golf in years. So here I was, newly hired into the golf industry, with next to no knowledge on the actual game itself.

I consider myself a quick learner, so I was able to pick up on the details of the Handicap System pretty quickly. But because I was so “green” when I started, I feel that I can offer a unique perspective (particularly to golfers that play in our tournaments) and tips on this system that seems to confuse even the longest tenured golfers.

So with that said, here are three tips about the Handicap System and its application to Golf Holiday’s tournaments that you probably can’t get from anyone else.

  • Be honest with yourself. While this may be the most obvious of my tips, it’s insane to me how many people let their handicap
    Photo: Illustration by Jason Raish

    Photo: Illustration by Jason Raish

    indexes become inaccurate due to simply not being honest about their game. This goes for both the sandbagger and the vanity handicapper. Here are a few ways that you can be honest with yourself to assure that your index is as accurate as possible for our MBGH Tournaments:

    1. Putt everything out. Assuming you made a putt is the fastest way to make your index inaccurate. (Editor's Note - You don't have to mark every putt. Just finish putting once you've started. Pace is also important!)
    2. Post all of your rounds, and post them accurately. Save for funky formats like Scramble or Texas Scramble, every round that you play should be recorded with your handicap service, good or bad. Learn the rules on when to post 9 hole scores and when to use "par-plus" to post 18 hole rounds you did not get to complete.
    3. Don’t game the system. We all know the basics. More shots = bad. Less shots = good. Don’t miss shots on purpose to increase your index and always play your best. Don’t increase your score because you know it’ll give you more strokes.
  • Understand that the system isn’t perfect. Our staff would be the first ones to admit it. The USGA’s handicap system is incredibly accurate, but it’s also a giant math equation, and because of that fact, there isn’t a way for it to account for all of the intangibles that occur over the course of a golf round. One example of such intangibles would be luck. shot-tracker-tipsI’ve heard it all when it comes to players describing a round in which they played well below their index. “I had three shots bounce off trees that otherwise would’ve been OB but ended up setting me up perfectly.” “I made a horrible putt but a stem of a leaf redirected my ball and it ended up going in.” “I shanked the heck out of the ball, but I ended up with a perfect lie. That NEVER happens!” While all of these are examples of luck, the result is the same, and thus the Handicap System views them as the same. We understand the affect that these intangibles may have on your round, but the system simply cannot make exceptions because of it. Every round needs to be viewed under the same scrutiny.
  • Don’t be afraid to give yourself less strokes. This kind of goes with #1, but if you plan on playing in the World AM, don’t be afraid to lower your own index beforehand. instructionIf you feel that you’re currently playing better than your lowest index in the past twelve months would indicate, then lower it yourself when you submit us your handicap. We actually encourage players to do this. Say, for example, you’ve been taking lessons, practicing a lot at the driving range, just bought new clubs, etc, but you haven’t been playing rounds of golf to post to your handicap service. In these scenarios, your index remains the same but your game has gotten better, thus your index is no longer accurate. This may increase your chances of getting your index adjusted during the tournament, or even a disqualification. I promise you that the adjustment you give yourself will be lighter than the adjustment we give you.

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Costco’s New Kirkland Brand Golf Balls Seemingly A Hit

costco-golf-ballsCostco, the wholesale, membership-only warehouse club, has recently released a new golf ball under their Kirkland brand called the Four-Piece Urethane Cover Golf Ball, otherwise known as the Kirkland Signature. Coscto released this new golf ball in direct competition with Titleist’s ProV1 and ProV1x,  long considered to be two of the best golf balls on the market.

The Kirkland Signature has a couple similarities to Titleist’s ProV1 product, mainly that they both feature 4 cover layers (the outer layer featuring a soft, urethane cover) and offer excellent short game control that doesn’t sacrifice for distance. According to GolfBallTest.org, Kirkland Signature’s measure’s a 96.8 compression rating and a 78.7 Cover Hardness rating. In comparison, The ProV1 offers a 96 Compression rating and 78.3 Cover Hardness and the ProV1x offers a 107 Compression rating and 78 Cover Hardness rating.

[NOTE: for an explanation on how GolfBallTest.org determines their ratings, click HERE]

The distinguishing factor between the two (which may be unsurprising) comes in pricing. While a dozen balls of Titleist’s ProV1 and ProV1x at Dick’s Sporting Goods both come in at a hefty price of $47.99, two dozen of Kirkland’s Signature comes in at just $29.99. With very similar characteristics and such a significant difference in pricing, it’s hard not to at least want to give these new Kirkland’s Signature golf balls a try.

According to one review, Costco only sells these golf balls in-store on a seasonal basis. However, Costco always has the Kirkland’s Signature golf balls available online.

As of this blog post, the Kirkland’s Signature golf ball currently has 81 reviews consisting of 74 five star reviews, 6 four star reviews, and 1 three star review. Below, you’ll find an example of each:

Five Star Review by user 858joseph:

“I've been playing golf for more than 40 years and have spent many thousands on premium golf balls such as Pro V1's, so I bought these balls with more than a little bit of skepticism. At $15 a dozen I thought it would be at the very least a good laugh when I pulled these out on the first tee. After all the ribbing I teed it up and hit it right down the middle just as far as the Pro V's I normally play. My friends continued to give me trouble as I played the rest of the round with the same ball. At the end of the day my buddies were asking me where I bought them. At my age (75) and slower swing speed (80 mph) I don't see why I should spend $50+ on a tour ball when this one works just fine for me. In a way I shouldn't be surprised since I've found that Costco only puts the Kirkland Signature label on top quality products. Way to go Costco!”

costco-ball-in-grassFour Star Review by user jarhead46:

“Purchased this item because Costco's reputation for having high quality products Costco put their name on. I have been using Calloway golf ball for almost 5 years (purchased at Costco) and so far the Kirkland Signature appears to hold up against the competition. I have only had a opportunity to use the ball in two rounds. The only thing I've noticed is that the cover seems to wear quicker than the Calloway ball. This could be due to the fact that most course we are playing on now have been punched and sanded.”

Three Star Review  by user JME43071

“JURY IS STILL OUT.....

I read about these so of course I ordered the 2 dozen immediately to try out. I personally played to about a 6 hcp until hurting my shoulder and having some stiffness set in due to posture issues. In the process of finding my swing again so I am no making the pure crisp contact on all shots. With that being said, I believe it to be a decent ball for the money and distance is somewhat comparable to the top tour balls. But....I gave one to my buddy who plays to probably a 1 or 2 starting on the back nine and with his driver it instantly hooked which he had not done on the front 9, iron shot was a knock down then short pitch so no real feed back....hole 11, hooked it again.....finally found the middle and with the wind behind on his second shot the ball actually ballooned on him which is very odd. He immediately switched back to the Pro V1x. I'm not sure if there was an internal defect with that ball or what but with all the other positive reviews it makes one wonder...hmmmm. An up in the air result and a not so good result should avg out to a 3 correct? ;)”

 

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