First Calabash Cup Ready to Tee-Off

July 23, 2015

Thistle is one of four outstanding golf courses hosting the Calabash CupThe Calabash Cup will be played July 24-26 and hosted by Thistle, Carolina National, Crow Creek and Sea Trail.  

The top finishers in each flight will be awarded prizes and everyone will have the opportunity to win daily flight prizes and random drawings.

Teams will be flighted based on their USGA handicap and the event will use a different format each day. The tournament formats, in order, will be best ball, combined net team score, and a Texas scramble.

The Calabash Cup will tee-off with a welcome party Friday evening at Thistle, home of the Grand Strand’s best clubhouse. Players will be provided dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks. The awards luncheon will be hosted at Sea Trail and include lunch and soft drinks.

With the dramatic finish to the British Open still fresh in everyone’s mind, Thistle will provide event participants with a taste of Scotland. The course was named after the original Thistle Golf Club in Leith, Scotland and “our” Thistle’s ornate clubhouse features centuries old memorabilia and original woodwork from the Scottish and English courses.

Carolina National, the event’s day 2 host, is the only Myrtle Beach golf course designed by Fred Couples. The 27-hole facility plays along the Lockwood Folly River, and will wow players with its stunning visuals and challenge them with Couples design.

The event’s champions will be crowned at Crow Creek and the Jones Course at Sea Trail Resort. Crow Creek is one of the area’s most underrated layouts and has along been a quiet star for savvy Myrtle Beach golfers.

A four-star course, according to Golf Digest’s prestigious Best Places to Play Guide, the Jones Course at Sea Trail recently renovated its bunkers and repaved its cart paths. The course will welcome golfers with expansive fairways and challenging greens.  

The Calabash Cup is the fourth new event added to the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday tournament lineup over the last year, joining the Fall Classic, the Preseason Classic and the March Championship.

Golf’s premier event for “regular” amateur golfers, the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, will be played August 31-September 4 on nearly 60 area courses. The World Am, which already has more than 3,000 players registered, is still accepting entries.