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Tee It Up for Golf Tournaments on the Grand Strand

Few things can beat a golf trip to the Grand Strand, home to more than 80 championship courses along the Carolina coast. But add some good-natured competition to your Myrtle Beach vacation, and you have a fun-filled way to play golf on the Strand while making new friends and helping worthy causes. Guests at The Breakers Resort can get into plenty of hot action on the links this summer. Here's a list of some of the best golf tournaments in town that are open to the public and fun for all handicaps:

Myrtle Beach Summer Series: Almost any week you visit Myrtle Beach between May and September this year, you can find a great one-day tournament to participate in through the Myrtle Beach Golf Passport Summer Series. Featuring nine tournaments at some of the top courses on the Grand Strand, the Summer Series Kickoff is May 12 at the Meadowlands Golf Club, followed by the May 26 Blackmoor Classic, the June 2 Little River Open at River Hills, the June 23 Mystical Championship at The Wizard, the July 14 Mid-Summer Classic at the Barefoot Resort's Dye Course, the July 28 Links Championship at Glen Dornoch, the Aug. 11 International Club Championship, the Aug. 25 Avocet Open at Wild Wing and the season-ending Sept. 8 Summer Series Finale at Lockwood Folly. With an average entry fee of about $40 (Barefoot is $75), you can play these courses with a partner in a best-ball format with more than $45,000 in prizes available throughout the series. For more information, visit www.myrtlebeachgolfpassport.com/tournaments.

Never Forget Memorial Golf Outing: This 9/11 memorial tournament began in 2002 when the Myrtle Beach community invited FDNY first responders who were working at Ground Zero to take a much-needed vacation, and it has blossomed into a three-day event that has attracted more than 7,000 firefighters to the area to celebrate their brotherhood and remember their fallen. Held May 23-25 at Barefoot Resort's Love and Norman courses, the event offers participants two rounds of golf at Barefoot and post-round barbecues for $235, and additional practice rounds are available at reduced rates. For more information, visit www.myrtlebeachneverforgets.com.

Veterans Golf Classic: The Veterans Golf Classic, set to hold its 17th annual event this year, has become a major gathering for former and active-duty military members who love to share camaraderie and competition for three days in Myrtle Beach. Held June 5-8 at a dozen courses on the Strand, the Veterans Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and hosts several companion events, such as the opening night reception and dinners with open bars, with drawings and prizes featured throughout the event. For a registration fee of $260, patrons get to play three rounds of a rotating-format golf tournament (best ball, combined team net and scramble) that features four flights based on handicaps. For more information, visit www.veteransgolfclassic.com.

World Amateur Handicap Championship: Here's your chance to participate in the world's largest amateur golf tournament and enjoy the best in golf and good times the Grand Strand has to offer. Boasting more than 3,300 participants hailing from all 50 states and from 25 countries, the 33rd annual event — which features four days of fun, food and golf capped by the championship round and prizes for all flight winners — will be played Aug. 29 through Sept. on more than 50 different courses. The event is open to all handicaps, which are used to determine winners, and each round ends with an evening of fun at the World's Largest 19th Hole. Drawings are held and various hole prizes are awarded throughout the tournament. For more information, visit www.myrtlebeachworldamateur.com.

Of course, you don’t have to play in a tournament to enjoy the best in Myrtle Beach golf. Guests at The Breakers can contact our professional staff to set up tee times at their favorite layouts at reduced rates, and they can even book special golf packages to save money on accommodations and tee times.