The World’s Largest 19th Hole has always been one of golf’s greatest parties, anchoring the fun at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship. Offering more than 120,000 square feet of festivities, the 19th Hole, which is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, is where golfers gather each night to pour over scores, swap stories and enjoy a celebration of the game.
While plans for the 19th Hole are always evolving with one goal in mind – the enjoyment of tournament participants – many of this year’s activities have taken shape.
Once again, players will receive free food from some of the area’s best restaurants, and free drinks, including soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor. Tournament organizers have made the efficiency of food and drink lines a priority in recent years, and they’ve enjoyed great success. With eight bars and 12 food stations, including Friendly’s ice cream, an integral part of the 19th Hole floor plans, there is every reason to believe things will again run smoothly.
But there is so much more to the 19th Hole than food and drink. There will again be a stream of high profile golf personalities entertaining participants. Headlining this year’s celebrity lineup are television personalities Charlie Rymer and Win McMurry and the Katrek and Maginnes On Tap radio show, which will be broadcast live from the main stage on Sirius/XM radio.
The ever-popular indoor par 3 is returning, as is the long putt contest, multiple simulators and Demo Ally, allowing players to sample new clubs and hit balls throughout the night. Even the most golf-crazed of tournament participants need a short break from the game, and there will be an abundance of options that regard as well. The 19th Hole will have a gaming area that includes arcade games such as Golden Tee, corn hole, pool and darts.
We will again have live music all four nights, headlined by a performance by former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who will bring his unique blend of Southern soul, R & B, country and blues to the World Am. There will be plenty other opportunities to dance off the bad shots with a different musical act each evening, playing great beach music, blues and classics.
If that’s not enough, there will be more than $25,000 in random drawing prizes given away on the final night of the event.
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