Is golf’s greatest tour preparing to bring an event to the game’s most popular travel destination?
According to a report in the Post & Courier, an agreement to bring a PGA Tour event to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the first time is on the horizon.
“The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Golf Tourism Solutions have been in discussions with PGA officials and are close to finalizing a contract in the coming months,” reporter Megan Fernandes wrote.
Chamber CEO Karen Riordan said that while details such as the timing and venue are still being ironed out, both sides have agreed to see it through.”
The proposed tournament would begin in May of 2024 and run for four years with the hope that it would become a fixture on the PGA Tour schedule. While the name of the event is subject to change, based on sponsorship, it would initially be called the Myrtle Beach Classic.
Myrtle Beach, which attracts golfers from around the world, has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open, seven Senior PGA Tour Championships, the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, and various collegiate events, but has never been home to a PGA Tour tournament.
The P&C story didn’t disclose which of Myrtle Beach’s 90 courses will be tabbed to host the event, but it appears officials have a layout in mind.
“We believe we found the right venue, but all I can say for now is that it is a prominent golf course in Myrtle Beach,” Riordan told Fernandes. “It’s one that will showcase everything that Myrtle Beach’s golf scene represents and has to offer.”
While a specific date hasn’t been revealed, the PGA Championship and the Wells Fargo, one of the PGA Tour’s elevated events, are typically held in May. The Tour schedule is always subject to change, but if next year’s slate is similar to 2023’s, the weeks before or after the PGA Championship are the most likely spots for the Myrtle Beach Classic.
Currently, the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Charles Schwab Challenge, both Texas-based events, flank year’s second major championship.
We will keep you updated as this story continues to evolve.