The PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s largest single-site golf tournament, takes place next week right here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The World Am Championship is regularly touted as the most inclusive golfing event on the planet, as it’s open to any player with a valid USGA handicap index or international equivalent.
And from August 27 through August 30, 2018, the World Am will take place at over 60 of Myrtle Beach’s most beautiful and award-winning golf courses, including courses like Caledonia GOlf and Fish Club, Tidewater, Barefoot Resort, Grande Dunes and more. Many of the courses the World Am utilizes are designed by renowned architects like Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Mike Strantz and Rees Jones.
This year, it’s expected that well over 3000 golfers will be participating. There will be players from all 50 states and at least 25 different countries competing over 72 holes, so LOTS of golf is going to be played here in Myrtle Beach over the next several days. While I’m no golfer, I do understand the uniqueness of this event. The handicap system was created to put players of all skill levels on an equal playing field, and at the World Am next week, officials will put that handicap system to the test by assessing golfers with handicaps from +4.4 to 36.4 in one overall golf tournament.
Beyond the golf, the World Am hosts something called ‘The 19th Hole,’ which is basically a really big golf party. (Even if I don’t golf, I can definitely enjoy a really big golf party!) There are free food and drinks offered to attendees for three hours each night of the championship at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Additionally, the World Am is usually visited by a number of special guests, including the likes of David Feherty, John Daly, Annika Sorenstam, Dave Pelz, and Charlie Rymer.
The 19th Hole at the World Am also has an indoor par 3 hole, 60-foot long putt challenge, cornhole boards, arcade games, pool tables, dart boards, Golden Tee Machines, full golf simulators, and more. They also giveaway prizes each day at the 19th Hole!
Lastly, one-third of the main hall in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will be made up of over 50 exhibitors from the golf world and beyond. I know from friends who have attended in the past that this is one of their favorite parts of the World Am, because it gives them the chance to pick up new training aids or other golf gadgets you don’t regularly see.
If you’re headed in town for the World Am, let us know about your favorite part of the championship! And if you’d like more information about the World Am, be sure to check out their website at www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.