The NCAA has announced that TPC Myrtle Beach, a Tom Fazio and Lanny Wadkins design that has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, will host a Division I Men’s Regional Golf Tournament May 12-15, 2019. TPC Myrtle Beach, which can play well over 7,000 yards, has long been one of the Grand Strand’s premier big event venues.
The course hosted the Senior Tour Championship in 1999 and one of the game’s all-time greats, Tom Watson, emerged victorious.
Dustin Johnson, the world’s best player, called TPC home for years and hosts his namesake junior event at the course every February. TPC has also hosted numerous college tournaments and the Flight Winner’s Playoff of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.
The course plays through environmentally protected wetlands that create beauty and challenge.
The layout is strong throughout but reaches a crescendo on the final two holes. The 17th is a par 3 with a peninsula green that is reminiscent of the same hole at TPC Sawgrass, but the par 5 18th is the course’s signature challenge.
The final fairway is dissected by a stream and a lake runs up the left side of the hole for the final 200 yards, creating risk-reward decisions and demanding precision. It’s a great finish at one of Myrtle Beach’s best courses.
For Myrtle Beach, the tournament will be another in a succession of competitive events the area has hosted. In 2014, Myrtle Beach hosted the PGA Professional National Championship, and this May the Dunes Club will welcome the USGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship.
Myrtle Beach has also hosted the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am for the last 14 years.
For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.
About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday: Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 65 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.
Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also runs the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, the Preseason Classic, the March Championship and the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic.
About Founders Group International: Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America's seaside golf capital.
Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men's golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.
FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlets Ambassador Golf and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.
FGI also has a division that does residential and retail development, and it has partnered with one of the biggest travel agencies in China to bring golfers and wedding parties to Myrtle Beach, S.C.