TheGolfDirector.com radio team will broadcast live from the 2013 World AM 19th Hole with a program series presented by sponsor, Grand Strand Vacations. It’s billed as the World’s Largest 19th Hole and the nightly event will be host to over 3000 golfers and their guests. This is the 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Tournament and is shaping up to be a spectacular event.
TGD Radio exists to promote amateur golf and hopes to get plenty of interviews with the tournaments competitors. Check out TGD Radio’s podcast library HERE.
Players form over 25 countries will be competing on selected Grand Strand courses to be crowned “World Amateur Champion”, a most coveted title. Scoring standards and fair handicaps are a high priority for the this very popular amateur tournament. Creators of the tournament, with the help of Dean Kuth, developed a computerized adjustment system that monitors and regulates equitable strokes during each World Amateur round.
The following Myrtle Beach Golf Courses courses will be participating in this year’s World Am:
- Aberdeen Country Club
- Arcadian Shores
- Arrowhead Country Club
- Azalea Sands
- Barefoot Resort, Fazio
- Barefoot Resort, Love
- Barefoot Resort, Norman
- Black Bear Golf Club
- Burning Ridge Golf
- Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
- Carolina National
- Crow Creek
- Crown Park Golf Club
- Diamond Back at Woodland Valley
- Farmstead Golf Club
- Founders Club at Pawleys Island
- Glen Dornoch Golf Links
- Grande Dunes Golf Club
- Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina
- Heather Glen Golf Links
- Heritage Club
- Indian Wells Golf Club
- Indigo Creek
- International Club
- Legends Golf Club, Heathland
- Legends Golf Club, Moorland
- Legends Golf Club, Parkland
- Leopards Chase
- Lion’s Paw Golf Links
- Litchfield Country Club
- Long Bay Club
- Meadowlands Golf Club
- Myrtle Beach National, Kings North
- Myrtle Beach National, West
- Myrtlewood Golf Club, Palmetto
- Myrtlewood Golf Club, Pine Hills
- Oyster Bay Golf Links
- Panther’s Run Golf Links
- Pawleys Plantation
- Pearl Golf Links, East
- Pearl Golf Links, West
- Pine Lakes
- Possum Trot
- Prestwick Country Club
- River Club
- River Oaks Golf Plantation
- Rivers Edge Golf Club
- Sandpiper Bay Golf & CC
- Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club
- Thistle Club
- Tidewater Golf Club
- Tiger’s Eye Golf Club
- Tournament Players Club
- Tradition Golf Club
- True Blue Plantation
- Wachesaw Plantation East
- Waterway Hills Golf Club
- Wedgefield Plantation Golf Club
- Wicked Stick
- Wild Wing Plantation, Avocet
- Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
- World Tour Golf Links
So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to be participating in this year’s 2013 World Am, be sure top stop by the TGD Radio booth for an interview and tell us where you’re from and about your game.
As we near the date of the 2013 World Am, players are surely looking for practice round discounts from the participating courses. East Coast Golf Management’s A.J. Sawyer pointed out how the Platinum Membership Card can cut the cost of practice rounds in half and offer even more benefits for visiting golfers.
The card’s cost of $55 includes a dozen balls, two free rounds of golf, deep discounts at all (Platinum) participating courses, and their usual play-4-get-1-free feature. Sawyer who is the head professional at Indago Creek used his course’s (Platinum) card membership rates compared to (regular World Am)) discounted rates to demonstrate the savings. Do the math. Six rounds at the normal rate offered to World Am players at $45 would cost $270. Six rounds with all the Platinum card benefits comes to $135. Half price! Indago Creek will host rounds during the World Am on three of the four days.
Listen a recent Platinum Card update on TGD Radio interview with A.J. Sawyer HERE.
The Platinum Card participating courses include:
Myrtle Beach Area Courses
Azalea Sands Golf Club
Beachwood Golf Club
Diamond Back at Woodland Valley C.C.
Eagle Nest Golf Club
Heron Point Golf Club
Indigo Creek Golf Club
River Oaks Golf Plantation
Wicked Stick Golf Links
Carolina National Golf Club
Crow Creek Golf Club
Pearl Golf Links East Course
Pearl Golf Links West Course
Rivers Edge Golf Club
Sandpiper Bay Golf and C.C.
Colonial Charters (coming Fall 2013)
SOUTH CAROLINA – Hilton Head
Rose Hill Golf Club
NORTH CAROLINA – Fayetteville
King’s Grant Golf & C.C.
NORTH CAROLINA – Jefferson Twp
Jefferson Landing on the New River
NORTH CAROLINA – Wilmington Area
Cape Fear National
Whether you’re coming to Myrtle Beach for the 2013 World Am or for a weekend golf vacation, the Platinum Membership Card is a great deal. Get more information on the Platinum Card HERE..
Less than a month away is the 2013 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, August 26-30. In this it’s 30th year, the World Am is held each year in Myrtle Beach, SC and will (this year) attract over 3000 golfers. The event has become a global attraction with participating golfers from China, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Brazil, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Scotland, and the United States.
From the World Am website at http://worldamgolf.com…The World Am is open to all golfers – 17 years old and above – with a certified USGA handicap or foreign equivalent. It features five competitive divisions, ranging from men 49 and under to the super seniors (70+) and our Women’s division. Within the divisions, golfers are flighted by closely grouped handicaps. The event features between 60 and 70 flights and the winner of each advances to the Flight Winner’s Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that determines the World Champion.
The tournament is played on approximately 60 different Myrtle Beach area courses, including several Top 100 public layouts, and each flight plays a different course each day.
A very popular part of the the World Am is the World’s Largest 19th Hole at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. In a addition to being the tournament headquarters, the 19th hole is quite possibly the world’s largest golf tournament party in existence. The 19th Hole provides catered dining, free top shelf booze, exhibitions, and more while over 3000 golfers and their guest gather to reflect on the competition at the end of each day.
This year’s participating courses are:
Aberdeen Country Club
Arrowhead Country Club
Barefoot Resort, Fazio
Barefoot Resort, Love
Barefoot Resort, Norman
Black Bear Golf Club
Burning Ridge Golf
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Crown Park Golf Club
Diamond Back at Woodland Valley
Farmstead Golf Club
Founders Club at Pawleys Island
Glen Dornoch Golf Links
Grande Dunes Golf Club
Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina
Heather Glen Golf Links
Indian Wells Golf Club
Legends Golf Club, Heathland
Legends Golf Club, Moorland
Legends Golf Club, Parkland
Lion’s Paw Golf Links
Litchfield Country Club
Long Bay Club
Meadowlands Golf Club
Myrtle Beach National, Kings North
Myrtle Beach National, West
Myrtlewood Golf Club, Palmetto
Myrtlewood Golf Club, Pine Hills
Oyster Bay Golf Links
Panther’s Run Golf Links
Pearl Golf Links, East
Pearl Golf Links, West
Prestwick Country Club
River Oaks Golf Plantation
Rivers Edge Golf Club
Sandpiper Bay Golf & CC
Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club
Tidewater Golf Club
Tiger’s Eye Golf Club
Tournament Players Club
Tradition Golf Club
True Blue Plantation
Wachesaw Plantation East
Waterway Hills Golf Club
Wedgefield Plantation Golf Club
Wild Wing Plantation, Avocet
Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
World Tour Golf Links
A recent bulletin board update from the World Am Golf site…The player count is ascending and so is the excitement for the 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. Over 3,100 players from across the globe have registered to play in this year’s event, and the release of a partial list of random drawing prizes will do little to temper excitement about the tournament, which will be played August 26-30. The list of giveaways, which doesn’t include a Grand Prize trip that has yet to be unveiled, includes a $3,000 indoor golf simulator and a pair of $1,000 PGA Tour Superstore shopping sprees, among many other items. The random drawing prizes at World Am aren’t a close your eyes and pray proposition. One in every 25 tournament participants will win a random drawing prize.
With that in mind here is the bounty that will be given away at this year’s tournament:– SkyCaddie GPS watches will be distributed to two entire flights (approximately 100 watches). One winner will be selected on Tuesday evening at the 19th Hole, and all players on the winner’s course Wednesday morning will receive the prize.
– Two $1,000 spending sprees at PGA Tour Superstore
– One Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters VIP Package
–One ProXS In-Home Simulator by P3Pro Swing
– 2014 World Am trip for two that includes:
✔ 2 World Am entries
✔ 5 nights accommodations courtesy of MyrtleBeachGolf.com
✔ 5-day rental from U-Save Car Rental
– Two $500 Lowe’s gift cards
– Two $500 Amazon gift cards
– Two $500 StubHub gift cards
– One $1,000 Shell Gasoline Card
– One Greg Norman Prize Package that includes:
✔ $500 Greg Norman Australian Prime, Signature Wagyu Beef gift card
✔ One Case of Greg Norman Estates Wine
✔ $500 Greg Norman Collection Gift Card
– One $500 Oxford gift card
– Five “Golf Balls for a Year” Giveaways – 18 dozen Bridgestone golf Balls
– Three TaylorMade RocketBallz Drivers
– Three TaylorMade RocketBallz 3-Woods
– One custom World Am cornhole set designed by Craig’s Custom Cornhole
– Two complimentary entries to the 2014 Mesquite Amateur
– See more at: http://www.worldamgolf.com/random-drawing-prizes-unveiled-1-in-25-players-will-win/#sthash.3CSbtLrR.dpuf
The deadline for entry is August 8th and there is still room for more players. If you are interested in competing to become the next World Am Champ Register NOW.
Myrtle Beach golf lovers got a renovation update from the The Dunes Club head PGA Professional, Dennis Nicholl on TGD Radio’s Tee It Up Grand Strand this week. Earlier in the summer TGD Radio had Dennis in the studio to outline the planned course renovation, we were privileged to get a mid-summer update.
The Dunes Club has been closed since early June for some serious updates including replacement of the (A1-A4) bent grass greens with a new (Champions) ultra-dwarf Bermuda. In addition to the greens, the Dunes is getting several new tee box additions and renovations as well. Some of the new tee box locations at length and interest to the classic 1949 golf course with careful consideration to preserve its character. Taking advantage of the downtime, the club decided to update the practice facility, increasing the size of the hitting area by approximately 30% and adding a new chipping area.
Even with all the extraordinary (record) rainfall in the area, progress on the renovation is going well. The club personnel have a few extra days built into the schedule for the unexpected , but the scheduled reopen date is September 1st. Club membership will hopefully get an opportunity to play the course before it opens for public play. Other area courses have accommodated Dunes Club members during the closing to offset the any inconvenience they may have experienced.
The first true test of the newly updated facility will come in June 2014 when the (312 player) PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) tournament comes to Myrtle Beach. Early rounds of the PGA PNC will be played at The Grande Dunes and The Dunes Club respectively, with final rounds at The Dunes Club. Several of the changes in the course were designed to create new challenges for the professional level players. It will be interesting to get get the course reviews after this prestigious annual championship event.
You can listen to TGD Radio’s interview with Dennis Nicholl in its entirety HERE. In the interview Dennis outlines the changes to the course in detail along with the reasons behind each change. The club consulted Reese Jones, son of course designer, Robert Trent Jones Sr, for recommendations to update the facility. As stated earlier in this article, careful consideration was taken to preserve the character of this jewel of Myrtle Beach golf which hosted the Senior Tour Championship – now Champions Tour Championship – from 1994-99
We will have another update on the facility on or before the re-opening.
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