FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Four rounds of golf (cart included) on four different golf courses.  Four evenings at the World’s Largest 19th Hole located at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the participant and one guest.  The 19th Hole includes free food from area restaurants, open bar, golf expo, games, and various forms of live entertainment.  You receive a gift package upon arrival, are served coffee & bagels at golf course each morning and each participant has the opportunity to win tons of prizes. 

But there’s much more than that… see a full listing of what’s included.

If you would like to sign up over the phone, please call the tournament staff at 800-833-8798.

Yes, all participants must be 17 years old or older to play in a handicapped division.

The Golf

Each participant will be placed in a flight consisting of four different courses. The courses that are participating will be listed on the PARTICIPATING COURSES page. Once all handicaps are received and the event has been flighted participants will be notified of their flight as well as what courses they will be playing each day.  This information will be released approximately 1 week prior to the start of the tournament.

All of the participating courses are listed on the PARTICIPATING COURSES page. Each course will have practice round information listed for you to view.  You will be notified of the courses you will be playing approximately 1 week prior to the start of the tournament.  You can book practice rounds at the courses within your rotation, or book additional rounds at any of the participating courses you wish to play.

Yardage Guidelines

* Please note that yardages/distances are used for guidelines only. In some circumstances actual yardages may fall outside of these ranges.

Yes! Various courses host optional skins events. To see a list of these games please visit the Pre/Post Events Page.

Participants are able to play in the same group as a friend in the Just For Fun Flight only. This is a non-competitive flight which you can read more about here

Within all other flights participants may not request to be in the same foursome, though they may request to be in the same flight for travel purposes. Please take a look at the next question to better understand how the flight together requests work.

We do allow participants to request to be placed in the same flight as a friend.  The flight together request is an option available to participants that may be traveling together and need to be in the same flight for transportation purposes . Please read the below carefully if you have shared transportation plans:

You may request to play in the same flight as up to 4 friends of the same gender. To do this all players making the request will have to play down to the lowest age group and lowest handicap bracket of the players involved in the request. 

For example: If a 65 year old man with a 12 handicap wants to play in the same flight as his 42 year old son who has a 7.5 handicap, both men would have to play in the 49 and under age group and in the flight that a 7.5 would play. The participant playing down into a lower flight will have their handicap adjusted to the highest handicap within that flight.  If the handicap range was 6.2-8.9 the father in the example would have his handicap changed from 12 to 8.9. 

Keep in mind your handicap index will be your tournament index may be a players lowest index revision in the last 12 months (August 2018-August 2019).  Players that have a World Am Index (an index based off of the prior years scores) may also have a lower tournament index. 

A difference of .1 in indexes could mean the difference in an entire set of courses. The flight together request is a decision made by the player, but if you MUST be flighted together you NEED to make these requests regardless of your difference in index.

All Flight Together requests must be made on the Handicap Submission Form completed in mid-August and must be completed by both players to be processed by the tournament committee. For example, If Player B is an 8 handicap that requests to be flighted with Player A who is a 5 handicap, but Player A does not indicate he would like to be flighted with Player B, no change will be made to either individual. 

No Flight Together requests will be accepted after the handicap submission deadline has passed for any reason. Once the request has been made and players flights are announced no changes will be made to any player’s flight at this point in time. 

The tournament committee reserves the right to deny a flight together request.

Caddies are not permitted. Spectators may be permitted if the course allows them, but spectators may not ride in the same cart or communicate with the participants in accordance with USGA rules. There are a few courses that will not allow spectators. Please contact each course directly to find out if spectators are permitted. Be advised that spectators may be charged a cart fee to take the an additional cart on the course.

The 19th Hole

The 19th hole is held at The Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The address is 2101 N. Oak St. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. The 19th Hole is centrally located between the participating North courses and South courses in the event.

Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic are included during operating hours of the 19th Hole. Any person over the age of 21 must have a participant or guest badge to enjoy the open bar – Anyone who does not have a badge will not be permitted to enter the Convention Center grounds.

The 19th hole offers a little bit of everything; free food from local restaurants, free drinks, celebrity guest speakers, a golf expo, and live entertainment each night.

As of July 1, 2015 the City of Myrtle Beach charges a $5 nightly fee to park at the Convention Center. This can be paid in advance during check-in at the PGA TOUR Superstore to speed up entry to the Convention Center lots.

Each participant will receive a guest badge in addition to their participant badge. Please list your guest’s name upon registering. Any additional guests you may have are welcome to visit the 19th hole for an additional fee of $125. You can order extra guest pass(es) during the registration process or by calling into the tournament office 1-800-833-8798. Guest passes will also be available for purchase on check in days and at Will Call of the Convention Center during operating hours of 6-9PM. We do not sell nightly passes

The whole family is welcome at the 19th hole!! Any persons under the age of 21 can attend the 19th hole FREE – you can pick up their YOUTH badge at registration.

Handicaps

There is no minimum index however the maximum index allowed to participate is a 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women. If you maintain an index higher than those limits, it will be reduced to meet the requirements.

Players will have two handicap forms e-mailed to them. 

The purpose of the first form is to confirm your index is USGA approved and valid to be used at the event. This form will be emailed to participants sometime in June.  If you are unable to answer any of the questions on this form please do not guess just contact tournament staff so we can ensure you have a valid index.  If you do not have a valid USGA Handicap Index our staff will provide a FREE USGA handicap account to registered participants via USHandicap.

The second form will be for participants to actually submit their handicap index for the event.  This handicap verification from is sent on August 15th and must be completed by the end of the day August 16th. Failure to submit your USGA Handicap Index by the deadline can result in a player being made ineligible for prizes at the event.

Any site that is USGA approved, will be accepted. Remember, keeping your handicap online does not ensure you are part of a USGA club within the online service. All online services have ‘Clubs’ in which you belong to. IE: A golfer from Chicago could be placed in the online club ‘Illinois Hacker’s Society’. All handicap accounts kept online must include being a member of one of these clubs.  

If you have a question or concern about whether your handicap is USGA approved and valid for the event just give our staff a call and we can let you know. 

Each player must have amateur status (to win prizes) and if competing in a net division they must also have an active USGA handicap index (or equivalent for international players).

The tournament consists of nine divisions:
– Gross
– Senior Gross (50+)
– Men (49 and under)
– Senior Men (50-59)
– Mid-Senior Men (60-69)
– Super Senior Men (70-79)
– Seasoned Seniors (80+)
– Women
– Just For Fun (no gender, age, scores or handicaps). 

Within each division, players are placed in flights of roughly 48 golfers each, based upon their tournament handicap index.

The age group you will play in is your age at the start of the tournament. If you are 59 and you will turn 60 on August 28th (after the start of the tournament) you will be placed in the Senior Men division (ages 50-59).

Flights are broken down first by gender, then by age and then by handicap index. Each flight will have about 48 people. With two flights per course, there will be roughly 96 people per course per day.

Handicap ranges within flights are based on participation.  Handicap ranges with flights will vary from one flight to the next.  Some flights handicap ranges can be very close together for example Men, 60-69 years old, may consist of handicaps between 11.2-11.7, while the Men 49 & Under may range from 0-6 handicaps. The more popular the age group and handicap, the more closely knit the handicap range will be.  Exact handicap ranges are unknown until the event has been flighted at which point all of the ranges are posted.

Travel

You are responsible for your own transportation.  We will ask participants on their handicap form if they would like to take part in our ride share program. On registration day we will have a small list of players from each flight who choose to participate in this program. This list will include where they are staying.  If you do not have a ride we will try to call someone staying at the same hotel or somewhere very close to see if they can give you a ride. There is no guarantee that we can find you a ride, but we will do everything we can to assist. 

For a full list of our discounted hotels, visit our Accommodation Specials page.

Courses range from range from Shallotte, NC down to Pawleys Island, SC. With the amount of courses participating in the event they are spread out quite a bit. The World Am uses the Myrtle Beach Convention Center (World’s Largest 19th hole) as our central location. The Convention Center is located at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29579.

Tournament Information

Check in runs on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at the PGA TOUR Superstore locations (one across from Broadway at the Beach and the other in North Myrtle Beach). This is where you can pick up your tournament info as well as your gift bag.

Only one location will be operational per day. See below:

Saturday, August 24th – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE only, 9am – 7pm

Sunday, August 25th – BROADWAY MYRTLE BEACH PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE only, 9am – 5pm

You may NOT have a friend or family member pick up your gift bag on your behalf. If you cannot make it to either of the check in days, you may pick up your gift bag at Will Call during operating hours of the 19th Hole (6-9PM Monday-Thursday).

The four-round tournament will take place Monday, August 26th through Thursday, August 29th. If you have won or tied for first in your flight you play Friday, August 30th in the championship round.

Run in conjunction with the World Am, the Pairs Competition is a 72-hole, two-man team event. A golfer’s net score in relation to course ratings of the courses they play is his or her score for the Pairs. The 5 teams with the lowest combined team net scores in relation to their course ratings advance to the finals, which are held in conjunction with the Flight Winners Playoffs on Friday, August 30th. The winning team will be treated to a world class expenses paid vacation to Ireland provided by Club Choice Ireland. For more information, visit the Pairs Competition page.

Scored the same way as the Pairs Competition, this event is limited to World Am participants that have a Parent-Child relationship (any generational gap). It is a 72-hole, two-person team event. For more information, visit the Parent/Child Championship page.

To see a list of this year’s current participants, please visit the Current Participants page under the “Already Registered” page.

Word of mouth has been and will continue to be this tournament’s best avenue for reaching new participants. We want to show our appreciation for those efforts, and are happy to announce a new referral program for participants. Read more about it here.

We rely on the assistance of over 100 volunteers to help create this wonderful event. If you’d like to help put on the Largest Amateur event in the World, please fill out this form!

The winners of each flight (including any ties) as well as the top five Pairs Competition teams will all play in the Championship round on Friday, August 30th. These winners will have a brief informational meeting immediately following the closing of the 19th hole on Thursday evening.

Participants do not need to be in attendance to win Prizes. Any prizes that are not picked up will be mailed upon request.

Daily Prize winners will be listed on the score sheets each day. Pick up for daily prizes is in the Convention Center. Random drawing prizes are announced at the end of the night on Thursday evening. Random drawing prizes will be listed on the leaderboard as well as online after the tournament has concluded. Any prizes not redeemed at the 19th Hole and all information regarding the RDPs will be mailed out after the tournament upon request.

Policies

The World Am will refund participants based on the date of the cancel request being received by tournament staff:

  • between date of entry and end of day August 1, 2019 – $40 processing fee.
  • between August 2, 2019 and end of day August 14, 2019 – $140 processing fee.
  • between August 15, 2019 and end of day August 23, 2019 – $240 processing fee.
  • after August 23 no refunds are granted regardless of nature of request.
 All cancellations must be completed by filling out the cancellation form by clicking here. If you need help filling out the form, please give us a call at 1-800-833-8798.

The World Am follows USGA tournament rules. For a full list please visit the USGA Website. Specific rules questions may be asked at the courses, and each evening there are Rules Officials at the Convention Center to help in assisting with any further rules questions not already answered. A brief rundown is also listed HERE.

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