As the “Golf Capital of the World,” and home to 100 or so courses, it’s only fitting that the Grand Strand plays host to several notable tournaments each year. From the World Amateur Handicap Championship and Masters of Miniature Golf to Hootie and the Blowfish’s Monday After the Masters and the National Father-Son Tournament, hackers, pros, and other lovers of the game have been coming to Myrtle Beach to compete for many, many years. With the many award-winning courses and beautiful weather almost year-round, Myrtle Beach has proved itself to be a great host for some significant tournaments over the years.
World Amateur Handicap Championship
Golfers from all 50 states and over 25 countries flock to Myrtle Beach each fall to compete against others with similar skills. The more than 3,000 participants are divided into flights according to handicap, and spread out on over 60 of the Grand Strand’s best tracks to see who’s the best. Up for grabs are gift cards, trophies, golf equipment, and the chance to hold the title of World Champion.
Monday After the Masters
As its name suggests, this event falls on the day immediately following Augusta National’s famous event in April, bringing in pros, celebrities, musicians, actors, and even ESPN’s Mike and Mike broadcasting team. Past participants at the Barefoot Landing event have included Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples, John Elway, Brett Favre, Wayne Gretzky, Ric Flair, Lou Holtz, Dan Patrick, Samuel L. Jackson, and the late Stuart Scott. Yep, it’s kind of a big deal.
Mini Golf Masters National Championship
Yes, this is a real thing, and it’s pretty serious. Professional miniature golfers from all over the world gather at Hawaiian Rumble in North Myrtle Beach for 12 rounds of putt-putt to decide who this year’s Masters champion will be.
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49. Comedy Clubs & Shows
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