Frequently Asked Questions

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Golf Courses

  • Where do I get directions to the golf courses in Myrtle Beach?

    You can find directions to all of the courses by using this link, to the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s website. www.golfholiday.com/travel/maps/

  • What golf courses will I be playing?

    Each participant will be placed in a flight, and each flight of participants will play four different courses. The courses that are participating will be listed at the PARTICIPATING COURSES link. Each person will be notified approximately one week before the start of the tournament, to find out which courses he or she will be playing.

  • Do golf courses provide food and beverage?

    The courses will provide a breakfast for participants before the shotgun. Beverages may be purchased on the course by the participants but are not provided by the course.

  • Are range finders allowed?

    The World Am does allow range finders, but they must be USGA approved. Any device that is used may only have the function of measuring distance, even if the device has other options that can be turned off, it is not permitted. Any device measuring slope or wind is not allowed.

  • Are there practice rates at World Am golf courses? How do I book practice rounds at local golf courses?

    Many of the courses that participate in the World Am do offer practice rates and are info is listed on the host golf courses page.

  • Can I play the golf tournament with a friend?

    You may request to play in the same flight as friend(s), but all players will have to play down to the lowest age group and lowest handicap bracket of the players involved. For example: If a 65 year old man with a 12 handicap wants to play with his 42 year old son who has a 7.5 handicap, both men would have to play in the 49 and under age group and in the flight that a 7.5 would play. The participant playing down into a lower flight will be able to play at the highest handicap within that flight (If the range was 5-8.9 than he would play at the 8.9 with his son staying at the 7.5). Requesting to be in the same flight as a friend DOES NOT mean you will be placed in the same grouping.

    The tournament committee requires all Play Together requests to be made on the Handicap Submission Form that is to be completed in mid-August. No Play Together requests will be accepted after the handicap submission deadline has passed in mid August. No changes will be made to a player’s flight once the course assignments are announced. Each participant in play together’s must make the request of each other in order for it to be accepted.  IE: If Player B is an 8 handicap that requests to play down to Player A’s 5 handicap, but Player A does not indicate he would like to play with Player B, no change will be made to either individual.  

19th Hole

  • Where is the 19th hole located?

    The 19th hole is held at The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center 2101 N. Oak St. Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. This is centrally located between our North courses and South courses.

  • Are drinks included with our entry?

    Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic are included. Any person over the age of 21 must have a guest pass to enjoy the open bar – if someone does not have a pass then they will not be served.

  • What is available at the 19th hole?

    The 19th hole offers a little bit of everything; food from local restaurants, drinks and live entertainment each night.

  • How do I register my guest?

    If you register online for the tournament, you can enter your guest’s name directly on your entry form. You can also register your guest by calling the tournament hotline, 800-833-8798, or by including this information with your handicap verification.

  • Are we allowed to bring more than one guest?

    Additional guests are more than welcome to visit the 19th hole. You can order additional extra guest pass(s) for $125 each (entry for all 4 nights) by calling into the tournament office 1-800-833-8798. Guest passes will also be available on registration day.

  • Can I bring my kids?

    The whole family is welcome at the 19th hole!! Any child under the age of 21 can attend the 19th hole free – you can pick up their CHILD badge at registration.

Golf Handicaps

  • What is the minimum or maximum golf handicap index allowed?

    There is no minimum index however the maximum index allowed to participate is a 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women.

  • When are handicaps due?

    Similar to 2013, any player who has played in the World Am in the previous year will submit their index via an online form that will be emailed to them in August.  New players and those who did not play the previous year will be emailed a handicap verification packet around the first week in August.  The packet will need to be completed and returned to tournament headquarters.  The Handicap Committee has determined the date specific handicap update they would like from each player (regardless if they are new or past).

  • What online golf handicap systems does the World Am accept?

    Any site that is USGA approved, will be accepted by The World Amateur Handicap Championship. Our partnered online system can be found by visiting our My Handicap page.

  • What is required to enter the World Am?

    Each player must have amateur status and have an active USGA handicap (or something equivalent to that for international players). If you are using an online handicap be sure to contact the Handicap Committee to be certain it is a certified USGA Handicap provider.  Please verify your home course is listed in the USGA approved list.  Though your course maintains your handicap, it does not ensure they are USGA authorized and must be verified here. Each player must be 17 years old or older to participate in the World Am.

  • What are the various age/gender divisions?

    The tournament field will consist of five divisions – Men (49 and under), Senior Men (50-59), Mid-Senior Men (60-69), Super-Senior Men (70 and above), and Women.  Within each division, players are placed in flights of roughly 48 golfers each, based upon their incoming handicap index.

  • If I have a birthday prior to the golf tournament that would move me into a different division, what should I put my age as on my entry form?

    The age to be entered on the entry form is the age the participant will be at the start of the tournament. (i.e. I am 59 right now when I am filling out the form, but I will turn 60 on August 20th (before the start of the tournament) therefore I should fill in 60 for age and will be placed in the Mid-Senior Men division (ages 60-69).

  • How are participants flighted?

    Flights are broken down first by gender, then by age and then by handicap index. Each flight will have about 48 people. With two flights per course, there will be roughly 96 people per course per day.

Travel & Accommodations

  • Is transportation provided to the local golf courses?

    You are responsible for your own transportation, but on registration day we do have a travel room where you can find people staying at the same hotel or people that are playing in your flight, so that carpools are available. If you are interested in taking part in our accommodation and flight listing, be sure to fill out your accommodation form that will be sent out with your handicap verification forms (Early August). Please note the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will charge $3/day during the 19th Hole and may be purchased in advance at the PGA TOUR Superstore.

  • Which hotels offer discounts?

    For a full list of our discounted hotels, visit our Accommodation Specials page.  Any marked with the red “S” have provided participant discounts for the week of the tournament.

  • What can my family/guest do while I golf?

    Myrtle Beach, SC has so many different activities to offer for any age, beautiful beaches, wonderful restaurants, thousands of shops, amusement/water parks, some of the greatest live shows and so much more. We will have all types of information available at registration or you can visit our Myrtle Beach page for information on area attractions and special excursions planned exclusively for World Am visitors.

  • How far apart are the golf courses?

    The courses that will be played during the World Am start in Calabash, NC and go all the way down the coast to Pawleys Island, SC. With all of the courses that participate, they do spread out quite a bit. The World Am uses the Myrtle Beach Convention Center (World’s Largest 19th hole) as our central location. The Convention Center is located at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29579.

Tournament Information

  • Can I find my scores from prior World Amateur golf tournaments on the website?

    You can find 2013 tournament scores on our website. If you view this page 2013 Results, all you have to do is enter your name and follow the directions. It will tell you what flight you were in, gross and net scores, and your final rank.

  • When is registration and where is it located?

    Registration is on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014 at both of the Martin’s Superstore locations (one across from Broadway at the Beach and the other in North Myrtle Beach). This is where you can pick up your tournament info as well as your gift bag. You can also take a look at the PGA Tour Superstore and also visit our travel area for any directions or car pool information.

  • What distances can I expect to play from in the 2014 World Am?

    Yardage Guidelines

    * Please note that distances are estimates only.

  • What are the dates of the 2014 World Amateur Handicap Championship?

    The four-round tournament will take place Monday, August 25th through Thursday, August 28th. If you have won or tied for first in your flight you play Friday, August 29th in the championship round.

  • What is the format of the world amateur golf event?

    Four rounds of net stroke tournament play.

  • What are the transportation/parking details for the event?

    Each participant is responsible for providing their own transportation to the golf courses, as well as to the 19th hole each evening. We do offer a travel room on registration day, that has lists of participants by flight and by accommodation, so that people staying in the same areas can arrange car pools.

  • What is the International Pairs Competition?

    Just like the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, the International Pairs Competition is a 72-hole, two-man team event.  A golfer’s net score for the World Am is also his or her score for the International Pairs.  The 5 teams with the lowest combined team net scores advance to the finals, which are held in conjunction with the Flight Winners Playoffs on Friday, August 30th.  The winning team will represent the United States in the World Finals held in the fall of 2014 in Scotland.  For more information, visit the International Pairs page.

  • What is the Cory Lemke Parent/Child event?

    Scored the same way as the International Pairs Competition, this event is limited to World Am participants that have a Parent-Child relationship.  It is a 72-hole, two-person team event.  For more information, visit the Parent/Child Championship page.

  • How can I find people from my area that may be playing?

    To see a list of this year’s current participants, please visit the Current Participants page under the “Already Registered” page.

  • Do you have a referral program?

    Word of mouth has been and will continue to be this tournament’s best avenue for reaching new participants.  We want to show our appreciation for those efforts, and are happy to announce a new referral program for past participants. Read more about it here.

  • How can I volunteer?

    We rely on the assistance of over 100 volunteers to help create this wonderful event.  If you’d like to help put on the Largest Amateur event in the World, please contact Scott Tomasello at Scott@GolfHoliday.com for more information

  • Are there any pre/post golf tournaments?

    There are a few different tournaments that take place around the area both before and after the World Am. To see a list of the tournaments please visit the Pre/Post Events Page.

  • Who gets to play on Friday?

    The winners of each flight (and any ties) as well as the top five IP teams will all play in the Championship round on Friday. These winners will have a brief informational meeting immediately following the closing of the 19th hole on Thursday evening.

Rules & Regulations

  • What happens in the event of a tie?

    Ties will only be broken for competitors tied for First Place within the flight. If two or more players are tied for First Place at the completion of all completed tournament rounds, all such players advance to the “Flight Winners Playoff Round” which will also act as an 18-hole playoff. The lowest 18-hole net score wins the playoff. If a tie still exists for First Place, the back nine net scores from the playoff will be used and then the front nine net scores if necessary. If a tie still exists, the last completed tournament round will be used, and so on until the tie for First Place is broken. If the “Flight Winners Playoff” round is cancelled or not completed, all players tied will be considered tied for First Place for the tournament. Prize payout for ties will be split. For example, if the published 2nd place prize is $200 and 3rd place prize is $100 and two players are tied for second place, each player would split the total of second and third place prizing of $300 for a gift card of $150 each. If three players were tied for second place, the prizing amount for second place thru fourth place would then be totaled and split equally.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    The World Am will refund any participant that may cancel between their date of entry and August 7, 2014 minus a $25 cancellation fee. Any cancellation received after August 7, 2014 and before end of day August 22, 2014 will be refunded, minus a $125 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after August 22nd will not be refunded any of their entry fee. Any cancellations must be in writing and sent to the Tournament staff either by email or by direct mail. Emails can be sent to scott@golfholiday.com and written cancellations may be sent to WAHC REFUNDS/3901 North Kings Hwy. Suite 22B/Myrtle Beach SC 29577.

  • What is the Policy for Inclement Weather?

    Bad weather is not of itself a good reason for discontinuing play. However, a player may discontinue play if he/she believes there is danger from lighting.

    In the event of inclement weather, please report to your assigned course. The delaying or cancellation of a round will be determined by the host facility. In the event of a round cancellation, the standings of the flights affected will be decided using the completed tournament rounds. One completed tournament round will constitute a tournament. No refunds will be made if the tournament is canceled or shortened due to weather, nature or act of God. You are welcome to call your host golf facility for an update using the phone number provided on the golf course directions/area map.

  • Do we have to be at the Convention Center to win?

    Participants do not need to be in attendance to win Prizes. Any prizes that are not picked up will be mailed.

  • How do we find out if we have won prizes? What prizes will be available?

    Daily Prize winners will be listed on the score sheets each day. Pick up for daily prizes is located in the Expo area at the Prize Pickup booth.  Random drawing prizes are announced at the end of the night on Thursday evening.  Random drawing prizes will be listed on the leaderboard as well as online after the tournament has concluded. Any prizes not redeemed at the 19th Hole and all information regarding the RDPs will be mailed out after the tournament.

  • What are the tournament rules?

    The World Am follows USGA tournament rules. For a full list please visit the USGA Website. Specific rules questions may be asked at the courses, and each evening there are Rules Officials at the Convention Center to help in assisting with any further rules questions not already answered.