The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is beginning to appear on the horizon, and of the 2,500 people already registered, few are looking forward to the event as much as Roy Brown. The Billings, Mont., resident is returning to the World Am after a two-year absence due to family responsibilities, and he can't wait to resume enjoying the tournament experience.
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.
The 34th Annual 'World Am', which will be played August 28 - Sept 1 on 50+ of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses, is expected to attract more than 3,100 players from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries.
“Hole-In-One Trophies.com is an ideal partner for the World Am,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “They are the largest of their kind, recognizing this major accomplishment that many folks achieve at our tournament. With over 12,000 rounds of golf played in just one week, we look forward to having a partner that will reward and acknowledge those lucky participants.”
As part of the partnership, all players making a hole in one during competition will receive a custom Hole-In-One display from their multitude of product offerings. Additionally, these achievements will be registered with the National Hole-In-One Registry, which is also a division of Eureka Golf Products, Inc.
Fun. Camaraderie. Memories. Competition. But love for the game of golf is what this event is REALLY about. The courses are the canvas for each round we play, and Myrtle Beach has one of the best collection of courses in the world.
The course lineup for the 2017 tournament is complete, and the list is full of award-winning tracks. You have heard all about the quantity of golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, and you may have experienced many of them. But the quality of these courses is even better, with 11 of them that have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by either Golf Magazine and Golf Digest in recent years. The top 100 courses hosting the event are:
Barefoot Fazio and Barefoot Love, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Heritage Club, Myrtle Beach National King's North, Rivers Edge, Tidewater Golf Club, Tiger’s Eye, TPC Myrtle Beach and True Blue Plantation.
“The courses our participants get to play is second to none,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “The unique course offerings along the coast really give players a different look from day to day. You can play a tree-lined Rees Jones course one day, the next you're on a Pete Dye designed beauty with rolling mounds and the next you're playing a links course with open fairways and huge greens. The golf really is the best part of the event.”
The 34th annual World Am will be played August 28 through September 1, and the early entry registration fee of $525 runs through May 18.
A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am is expected to attract more than 3,000 players from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Golf’s most respected and rigorously enforced handicap system levels the playing field, giving all players a chance to win. Players are flighted based on gender, age and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties will advance to the World Championship Playoff.
The fun of the World Am doesn’t end with the final putt. Each night participants and a guest gather at the World’s Largest 19th Hole, which encompasses 120,000 square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, for free food and drinks, live entertainment and an expansive golf expo.
The World Am has been the premier tournament for everyday golfers for more than three decades. The excitement of the competition lures you in and the thrill of competing for the title of "World Champion" is something you can't get anywhere else. So for those that love competing on the course, or testing their game against players from around the globe; the World Am fulfills that desire.
Let's be honest, though...Not everyone is overly concerned with how they finish. There are more important things to consider, such as:
- Travel arrangements (play with friends or your spouse)
- Pace of play (it helps when there aren't 90 people grinding over 2 footers or hitting 5 off the tee)
- Your sanity (you don't have to be the one hitting 5 off the tee and grinding over 2 footers!)
- Rules Police (the game is hard enough without having to determine your options from a yellow vs. red hazard)
The fact is, the World Am can be sooooo much fun, even without the competition. That is why we have started the JUST FOR FUN flight! You will play four rounds on different Myrtle Beach Golf Courses, get access to the World's Largest 19th Hole for four evenings (open bar, free food, live music, games, celebrity guests, random drawing prizes and so much more), get a player gift bag, compete for on-course prizes and be automatically eligible for our "random drawing flight prizes". All of this without having to worry about handicaps, rules or scores.
If you have never played in the World Am, or you haven't in a while...here is a breakdown of the best reasons YOU should play in JUST FOR FUN:
The Grand Strand boasts nearly 100 courses, and we will use more than 50 of them in the World Am. That means you and your friends could be going in opposite directions every day if you are in flights based on your gender, age and handicap (the procedure for the competitive flights). That has long been a reason that people haven't built their buddy trips to Myrtle Beach around this spectacular event.
Now you can get your friends in the SUV and hop on down, because we have the best buddies trip experience waiting for you!
See above. Don't worry, you don't have to be paired together if you don't want to be. But wouldn't it be great to drive to the same course each day.
It is lonely by yourself on an island for four days. 72 holes of stroke play, where every shot counts can be mentally draining. Not to mention you have to play by USGA rules the whole time. That means no gimmes, no playing OB as a lateral hazard, no "rolling your ball" in the fairway and no picking up on the hole when you've just had enough. If you accidentally sign for an incorrect scorecard, you could be disqualified...not in Just for Fun though! You can do whatever you want (within the realm of human decency) and you don't have to worry about being DQ'd!
The point is, it can be very intimidating for the average golfer to compete in a massive event like this. But that shouldn't keep you from having the time of your life, hanging out with other golf fanatics in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Tee Box Freedom!
What tees will I play from in the JUST FOR FUN flight? Wherever you want! Just as you should whenever you play golf, you can play from wherever your heart desires. The game of golf is meant to be enjoyable, don't interfere with that by playing from the incorrect tee box.
Whether you don't like dealing with the process of paying for or maintaining a USGA Handicap Index, or you don't like the system and the way competitions are run with handicaps...you'll love this part. Handicaps don't matter in the JUST FOR FUN flight. No worrying about your own handicap or potential sandbaggers.
There are countless reasons why the World Am is a great way to enjoy a golf trip to Myrtle Beach. The best part about it is that you can now experience all of those without the intimidation, logistical issues and mental grind of actual tournament. Keep your sanity and JUST HAVE FUN!!
Television personality Charlie Rymer’s star in the golf media business has continued to ascend in recent years, and through his rise, Rymer has a remained a friend of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.
One of Golf Channel’s most prominent personalities, Rymer will be appearing at the World’s Largest 19th Hole on Monday and Tuesday nights of tournament week.
A former host of the Golf Channel shows Big Break and Road Trip: Myrtle Beach, Rymer, who joined Golf Channel in 2008, now serves as a co-host of Morning Drive.
Rymer also contributes to the network’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships and Golf Central’s coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships. He has grown to develop a likeable reputation for his quick wit and “down home” humor on air. In 2015, Rymer was elected into the PGA of America as a certified PGA professional. He was elected to the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in January of last year.
Rymer will emcee the 19th Hole activities, chat it up with other guests, tell his stories from behind the scenes on the PGA Tour, and take questions from the crowd.
Damon Hack became a Golf Channel host in 2012 and has predominantly served as a co-host for Morning Drive. He also is a contributing writer for GolfChannel.com. Damon has become a favorite on the network with his robust personality and extensive golf knowledge.
Hack previously worked for Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, where he covered golf and the NFL.
Damon will be the emcee of the 19th Hole on Wednesday and Thursday nights. He will conduct interviews on stage, cover live contests and tell his own stories of a life covering the games we all love.
Chantel began working as a live reporter for the Golf Channel in 2016. She has covered the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, NCAA golf and more. Chantel covered the Patriots 2016 season and the 2016 presidential election in the first-in-the-nation state. She also served as the 5pm news anchor weekdays at NH1 News. You may have seen her on NESN or Fox Sports regional channels on 'Golf Destination.'
Chantel spent some time in Myrtle Beach this past February, co-hosting Morning Drive with Charlie Rymer, live from the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship. Her professional presence and interview skills will work masterfully amidst the crowds of the 19th Hole. Chantel will be on the main stage, roaming the floor conducting player interviews and more on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the 19th Hole.
Once again the world's largest golf tournament is shelling out major prizes for participants well before a ball is teed off. Entrants that sign up for this great event within the first 14 days are automatically eligible for random drawings worth over $10,000 from brand name manufacturers.
"We want to reward the loyal players that know they're coming to the event and give them a great reason to sign up early." said Tournament Director Jeff Monday. "Some people have been waiting since they left Myrtle Beach to get the party started again. Fortunately for them, this is just the beginning of what is sure to be another exciting year as we roll out a bunch of new additions to the event atmosphere. As always, we'll continue to do more giveaways throughout the year as we rev up for the event in late August."
The list of prizes up for grabs include:
- Twenty (20) - Custom ClubGlove LAST BAG™ Travel Bags
- Twenty (20) - Voice Caddie VC300SE™ GPS Devices
- Twenty (20) - Custom Oakley 5-Speed Backpacks
- Four (4) - 3-Dozen Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf balls
Be sure to like us on Facebook as we dish out even more prizes on a regular basis! Entry opens on March 29th and the early entry fee is only $525 through May 18th. To learn more about what is included in your entry for the 2017 World Am, click here.
One of the greatest aspects of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur is the size of the field. It has allowed the event to be so unique in its ability to divide the field by gender, age and handicap to place competitors in tightly grouped flights. As the years go by, we realize though that changes should still be made to accommodate every single golfer that wants to enjoy the revelry and camaraderie of the World Am.
Senior Gross Division
A few years ago, a Gross Division was introduced for the first time to allow low handicap amateurs a chance to experience the incredible week of festivities, and compete in a world class golf tournament without having to worry about strokes. That has been well received and we have had multiple requests for a senior version as well. So this year we are introducing the Senior Gross Division for Men 50 and over that wish to compete without handicaps. This is pure stroke play tournament golf, and participants can expect to tee it up between 6400 - 6900 yards on different Myrtle Beach courses each day. "We're hopeful that we can attract better golfers from around the world to introduce them to this great event," stated Tournament Director Jeff Monday. "This is truly an all inclusive tournament, but we have significantly missed on attracting low handicap golfers over the years, because of their hesitancy to play in net events."
Just for Fun!
The World Am is fun! That is a fact. There is nothing else like it on planet Earth. But lets be honest, some people do not want to worry about keeping a handicap. Some find the thought of "grinding it out" and following the asinine rules of golf for 72 holes repulsive. Some would like the ability to travel to the same course with a spouse or friend, play from whatever tee box they want and not worry about their score. That is why we introduced the Just for Fun flight. This will give people the option to bypass the competition and get straight to the enjoyment on the golf course. Can't get out of the trap? Who cares! Pick up and move on. Want to tee it up from the red tee? Sounds good to us! "There are so many aspects of the World Am that people want to enjoy, from the gift bag and the 19th Hole, to spending the week in Myrtle Beach with friends and loved ones," said Scott Tomasello, Tournament Coordinator for the World Am. "We want to offer that to people in a non-competitive environment. Sometimes the fear of the big number or not knowing the rules keeps people from playing in the event. We want to make sure there is a platform for those people to experience the World Am as well."
Newsflash! We're all getting older. Some of our more Seasoned Seniors have been requesting an "80 and older" flight for years. Well, we're finally at the point where we will try to make it happen. So tell all your friends that are over the golden age and bring them back to the World Am. They don't have to play with the "young guys" any more. "This is a testament to how dedicated World Am players are to the game of golf," said Tomasello. "To have more than 50 guys over the age of 80 that are so excited to compete over four days in an event like this is truly special."
All competitors over the age of 80 at the start of the tournament will be placed in the Seasoned Senior division. As always, any competitor can request to play down to a younger age division.
More exciting news is coming soon. Stay tuned!
We are excited to announce that on the morning of Wednesday, March 29th, entry will open for the 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur. Our staff is working hard to put together the best tournament yet. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for many details regarding the upcoming World Am.
The most integral part of the tournament will again be the thousands of golf fanatics that participate in the event. And if you sign up early, you can start winning right away. We will be giving away over $10,000 in random drawing prizes, and you must sign up in the first 14 days to be eligible to win.
The early entry fee for the World Am will once again be $525. That low fee includes 4 rounds of golf on different Myrtle Beach area courses, four nights of the World's Largest 19th Hole for you and a guest, an awesome tournament gift bag, prizes and much, much more!
Maximize your value by signing up early, beginning on March 29th.
Seventy-seven flight winners, including ties, had advanced to the championship playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course. Tournament organizers altered plans in hopes of getting the round in, having players tee off in an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
“It’s disappointing that we were unable to complete the World Championship Playoff, but overall it was an outstanding week for the tournament,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “We owed it to our flight winners to give it a go today, but Mother Nature had other ideas. We weren't able to identify a single World Champion, but there were a lot of winners at this year's tournament. We had more than 3,000 people from across the globe competing on Myrtle Beach’s best courses and the World’s Largest 19th Hole was at it’s absolute best.”
“The week was fantastic,” said Max Gregory, who won flight 32 and played in the canceled Flight Winners Playoff. “This morning I went out in the driving rain and parred No. 8. I feel like a winner. I feel like all the [tournament staff] did a great job doing the best they could to to get us out and give us that chance.”
The World Am instituted the Flight Winner’s Playoff in 1986 and this is the first time the round was unable to be completed.