The Myrtle Beach Fall Classic was a huge success in its first year, ushering in a grand new tradition for golfers on the Grand Strand. The 72 hole, two-person team event will feature 16 of the area’s best layouts as host courses and teams will play a new course each day. The 2014 tournament sold out in mid-September with a full field of 200 players. The 2015 edition will be limited to the first 180 teams and boasts an incredibly great price of only $375 per person!
Although the golf is top-notch and well worth the price, the value doesn’t stop there. Each participant will be treated to two food and beverage functions at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. The first is a three hour welcome reception with hors d’ oeuvres and open bar and a tournament gift bag. The second will be an awards banquet with plated dinner, award ceremony and random drawing prizes, along with another three hour open bar to cap the week off in style.
Golfers will enjoy the mild Myrtle Beach weather during this fall time period and take advantage of this truly unbelievable value, all while competing in flights based on team handicap. Each flight will consist of approximately 23 teams and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each flight. There will also be daily contest prizes and random drawing prizes up for grabs. With the course lineup, everyone that plays is a winner, but many more will go home with even more spoils!
Don’t be left out for the second edition of this tournament. It is sure to be a staple for many years to come and entries are already rolling in.
The final putt has dropped at the inaugural Myrtle Beach Fall Classic, and the tournament was, by all accounts, a rousing success. A 72-hole, two-man team event, the Fall Classic was played on eight of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses.
Players were placed into one of four flights based on their USGA handicap and a different format of play was used each day. The tournament attracted players from 28 states and Canada, and the flight winners reflected the event’s geographic diversity.
Geoff and Andrew Richards, a father-son team from Alpharetta, Ga., won the Masters Flight, while Richard Dutcher from Charlotte, N.C., and Robert Mieczkowski of Laurance Harbor, N.J., teamed up to win the U.S. Open Flight.
North Myrtle Beach’s Darin Epps and Otto Susec of Chandler, Az., captured the Open Championship Flight, and the husband-wife team of Gerald and Leisa McCredie of Howie in the Hills, Fl., won the PGA Championship Flight.
“My experience was phenomenal,” Earnest Mack of Hanover, Md., said. “I would do this again in a heartbeat. I really liked the format, the people and the camaraderie.”
The Fall Classic was played at Caledonia, True Blue, Grande Dunes, King’s North, the Fazio and Norman courses at Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach and Prestwick.
“Beautiful courses,” said Mark Posten, Laplata, Md. “Every course was top notch and in great shape; everybody at the courses were nice. I can’t brag enough about the four courses we played.”
In addition to golf, players received a gift bag, a Sunday evening welcome party, and a post-tournament banquet (see photo gallery) that included a plated dinner and open bar.
The tournament formats were, in order, best ball, Texas scramble, combined net team score and a scramble.
The Fall Classic was the first of two new events Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is debuting in the coming months. The inaugural Preseason Season Classic, a 54-hole, two-man team event, will be played February 2-4. The Preseason Classic will feature another strong golf course lineup – True Blue, Glen Dornoch, Panther’s Run, Tradition Club, Wild Wing Avocet and The Witch – and great value at just $195 per person.
Everyone knows that Myrtle Beach, SC is loaded with fantastic golf courses with something for everyone, regardless of design preference or budget. With over 100 courses laid out on the 60 mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has attracted golfers for buddy trips, family vacations and world class tournaments for decades. However, with all of the courses available, a handful have been celebrated and acclaimed as much as any others in the area, and they are hosting rounds in the first annual Myrtle Beach Fall Classic!
- Barefoot Resort – Fazio
- Barefoot Resort – Norman
- Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
- Grande Dunes Resort Club
- Myrtle Beach National – King’s North
- Prestwick Country Club
- TPC Myrtle Beach
- True Blue Golf Plantation
Grande Dunes Resort Club, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club and TPC Myrtle Beach are each currently ranked in the Golf Digest Top 100 Public Courses list. True Blue Golf Plantation, Barefoot Fazio and King’s North have all been on that list recently as well. “To have these eight courses in the rotation for the first year of the event is huge,” said Jeff Monday, Tournament Director for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “The experience at each of these courses will be spectacular for our players. There isn’t a course on the list that you wouldn’t love to play if you were putting together a trip to Myrtle Beach. Prestwick Country Club is one of my favorite courses to play anywhere. This rotation is truly second to none.”
Although golf isn’t the only thing going on during the week (with a welcome reception, awards banquet and “Hockey Night” that will surely be a hit), it will undoubtedly be a highlight as each participant will play on four of the best courses Myrtle Beach has to offer.
Marketing co-op Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is starting a brand new event on the Grand Strand this November. From the same staff that runs the Myrtle Beach World Amateur, the Veterans Golf Classic and the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, comes an event carved out for anyone looking to get away from the cold or just play some great Myrtle Beach golf with a partner! The Myrtle Beach Fall Classic will be a two-person team competition with four tournament rounds, each with a different format. Tournament rounds will be played November 17-20, 2014 on some of the best layouts that Myrtle Beach has to offer.
In addition to the great golf, participants will be treated to a Sunday registration party with open bar and hor ‘d oeuvres while picking up their credentials and gift bag. To close out the week, participants will gather for an awards banquet with open bar, plated dinner, awards, random drawing prizes and parting words.
“Our two-person team Veterans Golf Classic is a huge hit in May, so we wanted to duplicate the idea later in the year to catch the end of people’s golf season,” said Jeff Monday, Tournament Director for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “We felt it was time that an event was put together catering to golf-loving individuals at a time when they can’t play golf at home due to the weather. The third week of November is historically a very mild time for us here, and we think it will be a great combination of competition and camaraderie for our participants.”