The inaugural Yuengling Chili Cook-Off was the theme for the GolfTalk Live Party on Thursday, November 6. Listeners were invited to bring in a sampling of their finest homemade chili to compete in a contest – with voting by the patrons on hand at Black Cat Cigars. The winner received a $50 gift certificate from Redstone American Grill.
There are a number of rewards that come with embracing the golfing lifestyle. At the top of the list is golf travel. Seeing the country while playing the game of golf provides a never-ending treasure of rich memories. And those memories reach the highest level when visiting one of the great golf resorts of America. There are a number of heralded resorts that offer all of the elements – multiple great golf layouts on one site, a variety of accommodations that range from comfortable to luxurious, outstanding restaurants, and plenty of other activities to fill the hours not spent on the golf course.
While many other parts of the country are dealing with course closures and a recession, the Jersey Shore has expanded its offering of great golf courses using the most modern designs from the area’s best architects. Taking advantage of the growth and vitality of the Jersey Shore at its peak time of the year for golf is an activity that should be on the calendar of every avid golfer.
A total of 3,405 golfers did battle in 76 flights on 60 different golf courses for four days – then 90 flight winners and ties faced off on the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort. And, even then it went down to a playoff. All of this to determine the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.
Today was Armed Forces Day at the 31st World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach … at least in my foursome. I played with Gary Skinner from Fredericksburg, Virginia – a 20-year Marine who retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He now trains Marines on radar jamming aircraft. I also played with Charlie Waters of Goldsboro, North Carolina — a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, who retired with the rank of 1st Sergeant. To both, I would like to say, “Thank you for your service to our country.”
Over the years – approximately 12 visits to Myrtle Beach to play in the World Amateur Handicap Championship – there have been plenty of opportunities to play with competitors from other countries. I have played with visitors from Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Columbia, France, Italy and Spain. Now I can add Portugal to the list.
When people are planning a golf trip to Myrtle Beach for the first time and seek advice, I immediately ask where they are planning to stay. People, especially first time visitors, have no idea of the magnitude of the golf footprint along Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand.
Under absolutely ideal weather conditions, the 31st Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship got under way on Monday, August 25. Almost 4,000 players competed on 60 golf courses throughout the Greater Myrtle Beach area – 4,000 players and at least that many stories.
After an entire year of waiting for the chance to redeem my past failures, the eve of the 31st Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap has finally arrived. This beach town is buzzing with excitement as almost 4,000 golfers have descended on the area – all with the same high aspirations for this week of stroke play competition.
With Father’s Day approaching fast, not only is getting out to play a round of golf on the top of Dad’s list, but so are the latest gadgets. At GolfTalk Live, it is our job to make sure dad has a wish-list filled with the best golf products.