40 Years and Counting: Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is celebrating 40 years and over 3000 golfers of all skill levels with tee it up on over 60 courses in Myrtle Beach from August 28 - September 1.

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The World Amateur Championship is the largest golf tournament in the world, with over 3,000 players from all 50 states and 25 countries competing on nearly 60 of Myrtle Beach’s finest golf courses. It’s not just about golf, Myrtle Beach World Amateur offers golfers a unique and rewarding experience!

Most players call the World Am the largest, most fun & most valuable golf tournament on the planet! Entering its 40th year in 2023, the “World Am” is the only event of its kind. Boasting 72 holes of net, and stroke play with over 3,000 golfers competing on Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. It isn’t all just about the golf though, the Myrtle Beach World Am provides players with the most unique and rewarding tournament golf experience around!

The World Amateur entry fee includes attending the “World’s Largest 19th Hole” every day for four days offering unlimited food & beverage.

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 are waiting for your group. Experience the magic of a Myrtle Beach golf vacation with championship golf, oceanfront accommodations, award-winning cuisine, entertainment and more.

The 2023 tournament dates are August 28 through September 1.

Year in and year out the World Am strives to bring to life one of the most competitive and high-caliber tournament golf experiences for thousands and thousands of amateur golfers. A week packed with golf, fun, stories and challenges culminates into Friday’s World Am Flight Winner’s Playoff.


The Tournament Committee has announced the Grande Dunes Resort Course in Myrtle Beach will be hosting the World Am Flight Winner’s Playoff again in 2023. After a fantastic run of eight years at the Barefoot Dye Club, the Friday finale was moved to it’s new home at the gorgeous Grande Dunes Resort. .

The Flight Winner’s Playoff for the 2023 World Amateur Handicap Championship will be hosted on Friday, September 1st, 2023 at the Grande Dunes Resort course with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.

Terry Ream, of Reno, Nevada, won the Flight Winners’ Playoff at the 2022 World Amateur Handicap Championship, shooting a net 71 (gross 74).

“I’ve played in over a dozen World Ams and it gets better and better every year,” said Rich Nota, a 9-handicap and former Massachusetts resident now retired in Little River, South Carolina. “The best part is you play with golfers your own age and your own skill level and you find that you have much in common other than golf. Hard to believe the World Am has been around for 40 years and I played in a few of the early events going back to 1980s.”

Registration for the 2023 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship is now open. The entry fee is $599 that includes four days of golf and four outstanding courses on the “Grand Strand.” A gift bag valued at over 4200 with gift certificate to PGA Tour Superstore. And of course entry into the “World Largest 19th Hole” with guest.

It’s 40 years and counting so don’t hesitate to book your ultimate golf vacation to Myrtle Beach – the “Golf Capital of the World.


Bill Sangster, a life-long golf aficionado and former Sergeant in Marines, moved to Cape Cod in 1974 where he raised his family while working as educator with the Sandwich School System for 23 years. With his Falmouth home adjacent to Paul Harney’s Golf Course, Bill spent many days learning and playing the game of golf. He was a member of White Cliffs Country Club and Sandwich Hollows Country on Cape Cod. In 2018 he continued his love for the game of golf by moving to “The Villages” in Florida. He now will admit to anyone who asks that he is addicted to the game of golf! Bill can be reached at sangsterbill33@gmail.com.

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