FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Entry

Entries close on August 4, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.

Four rounds of golf (cart included) on four different golf courses. Range balls are provided complimentary at the course if a practice range is available.

Each player is granted entry for themselves and a guest access to the 19th Hole which features complimentary food, drink and entertainment.

Players receive a gift package upon arrival 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.

To participate in a handicapped division you must have a valid USGA / WHS handicap AND be 17 years of age or older. Anyone may participate in the ‘Just for Fun’ & Gross divisions.

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.

DivisionHandicap RangeYardage Range
Gross8 or less6600 to 7100
Senior Gross (50+)8 or less6400 to 6900
Mid Senior Gross (60+)8 or less6000 to 6500
Women’s Gross8 or less4600 to 5200
   
Men (49 & Under)0 to 56400 to 6900
Men (49 & Under)5 to 106300 to 6800
Men (49 & Under)10 to 206100 to 6600
Men (49 & Under)20 & Above6000 to 6500
   
Senior Men (50-59)0 to 56100 to 6600
Senior Men (50-59)5 to 106100 to 6600
Senior Men (50-59)10 to 205900 to 6400
Senior Men (50-59)20 & Above5800 to 6300
   
Mid Senior Men (60-69)0 to 55900 to 6400
Mid Senior Men (60-69)5 to 105800 to 6300
Mid Senior Men (60-69)10 to 205600 to 6100
Mid Senior Men (60-69)20 & Above5500 to 5900
   
Super Senior Men (70-79)0 to 105500 to 6000
Super Senior Men (70-79)10 to 205400 to 5900
Super Senior Men (70-79)20 & Above5300 to 5800
   
Seasoned Seniors (80+)0 – 364600 to 5600
   
Women’s Division’s0 to 104600 to 5200
Women’s Division’s10 to 204600 to 5200
Women’s Division’s20 & Above4600 to 5200

* 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 foursome 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 over the course of  a year.  Players also may have a World Am Index (an index based off of the prior years scores) which could lower their 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 & spectators are not permitted.

Participants in the event will be assigned two to a cart for each round of the event. Players are encouraged to wear a face covering when unable to social distance, and players are allowed to walk their round if they choose to.*

*Walking can be challenging at certain area golf courses, and push/pull carts are not provided. 

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.

All local, state, and federal mandates in place at the time of the event will be instituted to comply with all necessary safety measures. In addition as a courtesy to others the tournament staff encourages masks to be worn at all times when not eating or drinking (whether a mask mandate is in place at the time of the event or not). 

These safety measures include but will not be limited to food / drink distribution and capacity limits.

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. We do not sell nightly passes or additional guest passes to the 19th Hole.

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 & Divisions

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 WHS approved and valid to be used at the event. This form will be emailed to participants in the summer.  If you are unable to answer any of the questions on this form, stop and call tournament staff to ensure you have a valid index.  If you do not have a valid WHS Handicap Index our staff will provide a FREE WHS handicap account to registered participants via USHandicap.

The second form will be for participants to submit their handicap index for the event.  This handicap verification from is sent on August 16th, 2021. Failure to submit your WHS Handicap Index by the deadline on August 18th can result in a player being made ineligible for prizes at the event. 

Any site that is WHS approved, will be accepted. Remember, keeping your handicap online does not ensure you are part of a WHS approved 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 WHS approved and valid for the event just give our staff a call and we can let you know. 

The tournament consists of eleven divisions. The default age group you will play in is your age at the start of the tournament. IE. If you are 59 and you will turn 60 on September 2nd (after the start of the tournament) you will be placed in the Senior Men division (ages 50-59).

Net Divisions:

Men:

  • Men (49 and under)
  • Senior Men (50-59)
  • Mid-Senior Men (60-69)
  • Super Senior Men (70-79)
  • Seasoned Seniors (80+)

Women

  • Women (59 and under)
  • Senior Women (60+)

Gross:

  • Gross (all ages)
  • Senior Gross (50+)
  • Mid Senior Gross (60+)
  • Women’s Gross (all ages)

Just for Fun! (no scores/handicaps)

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

Flights are broken down first by gender, then by age and then by handicap index. Flights will vary from 30-50 players each depending on division breakdowns.

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.  The ride sharing program has been discontinued until further notice. 

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 Sheraton Myrtle Beach as our central location. The Sheraton Myrtle Beach is located at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29579.

Tournament Information

Check in runs on Saturday, August 28th and Sunday, August 29th 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.

Both locations will be operational each day.

Saturday, August 28th – BOTH MYRTLE BEACH & NORTH MYRTLE BEACH PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE LOCATIONS, 9am – 7pm

Sunday, August 29th – BOTH MYRTLE BEACH & NORTH MYRTLE BEACH PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE, 9am – 7pm

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 Tournament Central Will Call (3-7PM Monday-Thursday).

The four-round tournament will take place Monday, August 30th through Thursday, September 2nd. If you have won or tied for first in your flight you play Friday, September 3rd 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 cumulative net score in relation to par of the courses they play is his or her score for the Pairs. The 5 teams with the lowest combined team scores advance to the finals, which are held in conjunction with the Flight Winners Playoffs. The winning team will be treated to a world class expenses paid vacation to the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic. 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), the top player from each Gross division (and ties), as well as the top five Pairs Competition teams will all play in the Championship round on Friday, September 3rd. These winners will be contacted by Event Staff on Thursday following Round 4 Score confirmation with all information and schedule for Friday’s Championship Round.

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 Event Prizes page each day. Pick up for daily prizes is at Tournament Central Offices at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center “C” Hall. Random drawing prizes are announced at the end of the night on Wednesday evening. Random drawing prizes will be listed online after the tournament has concluded. Any prizes not redeemed at Tournament Central Offices and all information regarding the RDP’s will be mailed out after the tournament upon request.

Policies

Since initially organizing the Event, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, and the Organizer has modified certain of the activities typically sponsored by the Organizer in association with the Event in an effort to continue the Event while complying with CDC and SCDHEC guidelines.  Nonetheless, exposure to and infection by the COVID-19 virus remain a real and actual risk to participants, patrons, workers, and volunteers alike, and neither the Organizer nor any Golf Course, PGATSS, or MBCC can guarantee that a participant, patron, vendor, worker, or volunteer will not be exposed to or infected by the COVID-19 virus and/or other similar conditions (collectively, “the Virus”).

The Organizer has undertaken to ensure that all individuals who participate in the Event, whether a patron attending the Event, participant playing in the Event, or a sponsor, vendor, worker or volunteer working at the Event (collectively, the “Participants”), do so pursuant to CDC and SCDHEC standards (“the Guidelines”). 

Moreover, the Organizer is only willing to continue the Event on the condition that all Participants a) represent that they are safe to participate, b) acknowledge the risks associated with such participation, c) adhere to the Guidelines, and d) assume all risk of exposure to and infection by the Virus while participating in the Event.

            Therefore, in consideration for the foregoing, the Participant hereby represents, acknowledges, and agrees that he/she:

1. Is not infected with the Virus and has not been in contact with anyone who has contracted the Virus within the last fourteen (14) days.
2. Has not experienced any symptoms associated with the Virus within the last fourteen (14) days preceding the Event, including fever, chills, loss of appetite, smell, or taste, headaches, and the like.
3. Agrees to take reasonable measures to protect him/herself from exposure to the Virus while at the Event, including social distancing, wearing a face mask, and following the Guidelines.
4. Understands that, despite the Organizer’s, MBCC’s, PGATSS’s, and Golf Courses’ best practices, neither can guarantee the safety of the Participants or that the Event will be Virus-free, and that the risk of being exposed to and contracting the Virus while engaging in such participation at the Event is real and actual.
5. Assumes all risk of exposure to and infection by the Virus, and accepts sole responsibility for and any illness, injury, death, expense, loss, or other damage experienced by him/herself as the result of being exposed to or infected by the Virus (“Claims”).
6. Agrees not to sue, and forever releases, discharges, and holds harmless the Organizer, its officers, agents, representatives, and employees/independent contractors, together with the hosting Golf Courses, PGATSS, MBCC and their respective officers, agents, representatives, and employees/independent contractors, together with all volunteers, from any and all Claims arising out of or related to my participation in the Event.

Registration in the event is an acknowledgement and understanding of these risks. At a date near the event an additional liability waiver may be required by all participants.

“RAINCHECK POLICY” – all registrants may withdraw without refund and be provided with a rain check for four rounds of golf, tournament gift bag, and $50 credit to a future year of World Am (2022,2023 or 2024).  This alternative policy is available to registrants until end of day August 27, 2021.

All requests for “raincheck” policy cancel policy must be in written form sent to WAHC@GolfHoliday.com.

STANDARD POLICY – 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 4, 2021 – $50 processing fee.
  • between August 5, 2021 and end of day August 15, 2021 – $150 processing fee.
  • between August 16, 2021 and end of day August 27, 2021 – $250 processing fee.
  • after August 27th, 2021 no refunds are granted regardless of nature of request.
You may receive a refund through our online cancel page. You will need your player ID & password handy.
 
No refunds will be made if the tournament or event is canceled or shortened due to weather, nature or act of God.

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 Tournament Central Offices to help in assisting with any further rules questions not already answered. A brief rundown is also listed HERE

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