A new two-person tournament this month created by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has sold out, reinforcing the marketing cooperative’s desire to become more ambitious in the creation of events to either attract visitors to the area or give them something to play in while they’re here.
Golf Holiday has already created a new two-person team event for February and is contemplating a new event in March.
“We have an audience that wants to come to Myrtle Beach and play golf and there’s a huge part of it that wants competition,” said Golf Holiday tournaments director Jeff Monday. “We kind of create these fun events. It’s what we do and why I have a job. We don’t do it to make money, we just do it to get people to come to town.”
Golf Holiday sponsors or stages several events per year, including the nearly 3,500-player Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am and tournaments for veterans, law enforcement and high schools.
The new Myrtle Beach Fall Classic sold out more than a month in advance with 200 players. It is being played Nov. 17-20 on eight Grand Strand courses – two per day.
The tournament was created earlier this year as the Myrtle Beach Canadian Classic, with a stipulation that at least one team member be Canadian, but changed its name and became eligible to anyone because of a lack of interest from Canadians. It has players from 28 states, British Columbia and Ontario.
The tournament was touted to World Am players and the database for Golf Holiday’s Veterans Classic, which featured 430 players in May.
“We finally got it out in front of a pretty good audience, and once we started getting some traction after the World Am [in late August] it sort of took off and filled up pretty quickly,” Monday said. “We really thought it was a viable tournament from the beginning, so we really did have high hopes for it.”
Participating courses are all among the area’s best in the Barefoot Resort Fazio and Norman courses, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Prestwick Country Club, TPC Myrtle Beach and the King’s North course at Myrtle Beach National.
A waiting list already has more than more than 20 teams despite the end of advertising more than a month ago.
”The great thing about Myrtle Beach is we have a lot more high quality golf courses we can involve next year,” Monday said. “Assuming decent weather at all we’ll see it growing to at least another three courses per day, meaning another 50 teams. We might be able to even double it next year all the way to 16 courses and 400 players.”
The Fall Classic entry fee is $325 per person and includes a gift bag, welcome reception and registration with hors d’oeuvres and open bar at the Crown Reef Resort Conference Center, four rounds and an awards dinner at Crown Reef including dinner, an open bar and random prize drawings.
Round formats are best ball, Texas scramble, combined team net and captain’s choice scramble. The tournament website is MyrtleBeachFallClassic.com.
The next new event on tap is the Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic from Feb. 2-4, which also has a 200-player limit. The two-person team event is $195 per player and has three rounds with formats of best ball, combined team net total and Texas scramble. Tournament courses are Glen Dornoch, Panther’s Run, Tradition Club, True Blue, Wild Wing Avocet and The Witch.
The event has flight prizes, random drawings, on-course contests, a welcome party with food and beverages, and a post-tournament lunch. The website is Myrtlebeachpreseason.com.
”It’s the beginning of February and people are coming, we want to see if they want to compete over three days with a partner,” Monday said. “It’s worth trying. We have the people out there we can speak to and can invite.”
”We want to keep people thinking about Myrtle Beach year-round and hopefully this helps that. We want to give our member courses rounds and we’re thinking of new ways to do it.”
Gulbis rewards winners
Six winners of a National Golf Management sweepstakes will be spending parts of Friday and Saturday in Pawleys Island with LPGA Tour pro and model Natalie Gulbis.
Eight winners were selected over eight months from submissions through www.Myrtlebeachtrips.com, and two had to pull out of the weekend activities.
The winners check into Pawleys Plantation Resort on Thursday and check out Sunday, and their stay includes dinner with Gulbis at Quigley’s Pint and Plate restaurant Friday night and golf followed by lunch with her at Pawleys Plantation on Saturday.
RBC tickets on sale
Tickets for the 47th annual RBC Heritage set for April 16-19, 2015 are on sale.
The only PGA Tour event in South Carolina is offering $35 off each $225 Clubhouse Badge purchased by Dec. 19.
A new 26,000-square-foot Harbour Town clubhouse will feature a “Hall of Champions” dedicated to the tournament and is scheduled to be completed prior to the event. A Clubhouse Badge includes Hargray hospitality venues on holes 7 and 15 featuring golf views and food and beverage for purchase.
Other tickets for sale include: A $250 Clubhouse Ticket Pack includes a Clubhouse Ticket for each practice and competitive round; Grounds Badges are $150 and include week-long access to the tournament grounds, Heritage Lawn, Michelob Ultra 19th Hole and 21-and-over Grey Goose Lounge; a $375 Doc’s BBQ Club booklet grants access to a private entertainment venue on the 15th green Thursday to Sunday with food, draft beer, wine and Coca-Cola beverages included; Daily Grounds Tickets are $55 per day for Thursday and Sunday and $65 for Friday and Saturday; and $40 Practice Round Tickets are good Monday through Wednesday.
All ticket prices increase after March 31.
Juniors age 15 and under are always admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Juniors 6-15 need to purchase a $25 junior ticket at the gate to gain entrance to Doc’s BBQ Club 15.
Tickets are available by calling 843-671-2448 or visiting www.rbcheritage.com.