At long last, golf’s greatest tour is coming to the game’s most popular destination.
The Myrtle Beach Classic will debut on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Regular Season schedule in 2024, part of a four-year agreement to establish the event. The inaugural tournament will be held at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
Featuring a $3.9 million purse, the Myrtle Beach Classic will be a full field tournament that is held opposite one of the PGA Tour’s “Designated” events. Tournament dates will be announced with the unveiling of the Tour’s complete 2024 schedule.
The Dunes Club, a consensus top 100 public course, has long been one of the area’s most acclaimed layouts and has hosted numerous high level amateur and professional events, including six Senior PGA Tour Championships and the 1962 U.S. Women’s Open.
A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, the Dunes Club is Myrtle Beach’s second oldest course and was one of the driving factors behind the area’s emergence as golf’s leading travel destination.
The PGA Tour does have some history at the Dunes Club, which hosted the finals of Qualifying School in 1973 when Ben Crenshaw and Gary McCord earned their Tour cards.
Dunes Club has figured prominently in Myrtle Beach’s professional golf history but it’s certainly not the only venue that has tested the game’s best players. TPC Myrtle Beach hosted the 2000 Senior PGA Tour Championship, an event won by Tom Watson, and Wachesaw Plantation East hosted three LPGA Tour events from 1997-99.
The Dunes Club plays 7,355 yards from its championship tees. The course is typically a par 72 but with three of the layout’s four par 5s playing 540 yards or less, there is the possibility of converting one or two of them to par 4s.
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(Dunes Club 10th hole top photo, 9th hole pictured right)