MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The 2021 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship tees off Monday August 30, which some call the largest, most fun and most valuable golf tournament on the planet!
Myrtle Beach has earned the nickname “Golf Capital of the World,” and is home to over 80 award-winning golf courses set along more than 60 miles of Carolina coastline. Designed by golf legends and ranked among the best in the world, the perfect set of courses have served as the No. 1 choice for golf-buddy trips because it offers championship golf, oceanfront accommodations, award-winning cuisine and good prices.
More than 3,500 participants in the 38th Annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship begin their descent this weekend upon “The Golf Capital of the World” to compete on nearly 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. We’re here to be your eyes and ears on the ground throughout World Am Week – and we’re starting off with some of the biggest numbers that stand out about this year’s event, and what they mean.
3,510 – Total players in this year’s World Am
This represents its largest player count in 13 years.
50 – Total number of U.S. states represented in the 2021 field
This includes our geographic outliers of Hawaii and Alaska, the latter with which we’ve had some fun in recent years encouraging our Bering Sea brothers and sisters to join in on the fun.
371 – Entries from the state of Florida
It’s the highest number of entrants from any one state.
71 – Total flights in this year’s event
Flights span across multiple divisions serving men’s, senior men’s, women’s, senior women’s and “Just for Fun” playing interests.
66 – Volunteers
And where would this event be without their tireless efforts throughout the week? Event volunteers serve us in a wide range of capacities including event check-in, scoring, rules officiating, will call and varied duties Monday through Thursday nights at “The World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, and much, much more. Our heartfelt thanks to all our dedicated volunteers for their steadfast World Am support!
56 – Courses hosting World Am play this year
Participating courses span the 60-mile stretch of the Grand Strand golf scene, from Carolina National and Lockwood Folly on the north end to Founders Club at Pawleys Island and Pawleys Plantation to the south.
11.8 – The median index of the 2021 player field
(Aside from play in the gross divisions that do not apply a handicap index)
1,245,851 – Expected number of strokes
to be taken by the World Am field throughout the tournament.
0.65 – The number of birdies
the average World Am player will record in an 18-hole round.
11 – Number of anticipated holes-in-one recorded in 2021 World Am play
This is based on the number achieved in the last “full field” event in 2019. Does this mean that each of these 11 players has to celebrate by buying a round of drinks for everyone at the “World’s Largest 19th Hole”? We kid, of course, but it brings us to these 19th Hole-related numbers, including:
319 – Bottles of Ketel One vodka
This is the amount expected to be consumed by World Am participants throughout the week at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
23,400 – Pounds of food
that will be eaten at the 19th Hole next week.
53 – Exhibitors
of golf-related merchandise, services and experiences that will be showcased at the 19th Hole throughout World Am Week.
$88,750 – Redemption value of gift cards
from longtime event partner PGA TOUR Superstore distributed to event participants throughout World Am Week.