Grande Dunes to Host Myrtle Beach World Am Winners

by | Jul 1, 2024 | News

The 41st annual Play Golf Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship will host its Flight Winners Playoff, an 18-hole shootout to determine the event’s winner, at the acclaimed Grande Dunes Resort Course.

The World Am, an exclusive 72-hole, net stroke play event, will be held Aug. 26 – Aug. 30. With more than 3,000 players from all 50 states and 20 countries expected to participate, this is a unique opportunity. Entry into the tournament costs $729 and includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, and a gift bag.

Grande Dunes, which features five holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, will host the Flight Winners Playoff for the second consecutive year. The Roger Rulewich design is home to generous fairways and some of the area’s most dramatic greens complexes, rewarding precision iron play.

“Grande Dunes is an ideal venue to crown a champion at the Play Golf Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship,” tournament director Ryan Hart said. “The layout is one of the best in South Carolina, and it’s complemented by the property’s coastal beauty. We look forward to returning to Grande Dunes and crowning our 2024 winner.”

The World Am, which will be played on more than 50 Myrtle Beach area courses, will select players based on age, gender, and handicap and is open to all golfers 17 years of age and older with a verifiable USGA handicap.

The World Am flights players into 12 divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women (59 and under), senior women (60+), the gross division, senior (50+) gross division, mid-senior (60+) gross division and women’s gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.

While the competition initially lures players to the tournament, it’s only part of what keeps them returning. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants, and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole takes over all 120,000 square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo, and more. Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer, and John Daly.

Players also receive a gift bag that includes a polo, pullover, golf towel, logoed hat, PGA Tour Superstore gift card, and an assortment of other goodies valued cumulatively at $250.The World Am is one of 13 events the Golf Tourism Solutions tournament division runs.

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