3 Reasons Why TPC Myrtle Beach Gets to Host the NCAA Division I Men’s Southeast Regional
When the NCAA announced in 2017 that TPC Myrtle Beach would play host to the Southeast Regional of its 2019 Division I Men’s Golf Championship, it chose a time-tested venue that has many times over proven its worth to many of the game’s best in addition to thousands of vacationing golfers since its opening two decades ago.
As pleased and proud that the Tom Fazio/Lanny Wadkins design is in being selected as a host venue, it’s not their first rodeo. Among the many reasons the NCAA chose TPC Myrtle Beach, here are three of them.
TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted the best from both ends of the competitive spectrum. TPC Myrtle Beach saw the 2000 Senior Tour Championship come to town, along with many of the game’s most established stars to compete in it. So when a venue and event attracts a field that includes all-time greats like Tom Watson, who won the event that year, folks take notice. More recently, for the past four years TPC Myrtle Beach has also been home to the World Junior Golf Championship – hosted by none other than the game’s top-ranked player, Dustin Johnson, and boasting winners like 2019 boys’ champion Akshay Bhatia, the world’s top-ranked junior golfer who’s already competed on a sponsor’s exemption in a PGA TOUR event.
TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted many collegiate tournaments in the past. Each year from 2003 through 2011 and again from 2013 to 2014, TPC Myrtle Beach was the venue for Coastal Carolina University’s General Hackler Championship – which has seen players such as Dustin Johnson, Masters champion Patrick Reed, Corey Connors, Harold Varner and Austin Cook compete as part of their journey to eventually achieving PGA TOUR status. TPC Myrtle Beach also hosted the 2012 and 2016 Battle At The Beach tournament, hosted by Tiffin University.
TPC Myrtle Beach is the only “five-star” design in the area. Golf Digest has awarded TPC Myrtle Beach a five-star rating in its “Places to Play,” making it the only golf course in the area to achieve that lofty status. Though next week’s NCAA Regional competitors will be playing the tips, TPC Myrtle Beach boasts five sets of tees that offer playability for all skill levels and compelling access to visiting golfers who frequently include it as a “must-play” in their vacation itineraries. With its Better Billy Bunker system, lush fairways, and some of the best putting surfaces on the Grand Strand, this venue takes pride in offering a tour-like experience for all of its players.
If You’re Coming to Watch Next Week:
As a reminder, the NCAA Regional at TPC Myrtle Beach is open to the public and free of charge for spectators to attend– offering a compelling opportunity to see these future stars of golf “up close & personal” as they put their considerable talents on display.
With on-site parking at TPC Myrtle Beach limited, all spectators are asked to park at Inlet Square Mall near Planet Fitness. Courtesy shuttles will be provided from there and run throughout each day of competition to transport spectators between Inlet Square Mall and TPC Myrtle Beach.