Your chances of playing Augusta National or Pine Valley are remote, at best. Layouts like St. Andrews, PInehurst No. 2 and TPC Sawgrass are available for public play, assuming you are able to pay $400+ for a round of golf (pre-caddy, of course). Regardless of accessibility, we all long to play the game’s legendary tracks, and World Tour, celebrating its 20th birthday in 2019, helps golfers fulfill those dreams. World Tour features 18 holes that are a re-creation of some of the game’s most famed challenges. From Amen Corner at Augusta National to the Swilken Bridge at St. Andrews, World Tour takes golfers around the globe in one round.
Golfers receive a “passport” upon checking in at one of the Grand Strand’s most memorable clubhouses, setting the stage at one of the area’s bucket list courses. The initial appeal of World Tour is different than that of the area’s other upper echelon layouts, but the attraction of the course evolves. Sure, golfers love to read the plaques at each tee box, detailing the history of the hole they are getting ready to play, but they also come to realize World Tour is much more than a novelty. As opposed to a collection of 18 individual holes, the experience is a cohesive one. As a result, World Tour brings players back, year after year
So which three holes at World Tour you will be itching to play again?
— The 17th at TPC Sawgrass (No. 3 on the Open 9) is home to golf’s most famous island green, and your group will relish the opportunity to conquer a hole that has vexed the game’s best players for years. The hole is short, playing just 125 yards from the most commonly played set of tees, but the green isn’t large and the intimidation factor is real. Whether you put the ball in the water or find yourself with a birdie putt, this is a hole you and your buddies will be talking about.
— St. Andrews was golf’s first course and No. 18, complete with the Swilken Bridge, which is believed to have been built by the Romans, and a green that features the “Valley of Sin,” is one the game’s iconic holes. World Tour (No. 9 on the Open 9) recreates the par 4 18th at St. Andrews and you can’t play the hole without imagining yourself in the game’s birthplace. This is a great place to finish a round.
— The par 3 12th at Augusta National plays just 155 yards from the tips, a distance that would seem to be a layup for the game’s greatest players, but it’s one of the famed layouts most dangerous holes. Just ask Jordan Spieth, who seemed to be coasting towards a second consecutive green jacket in 2016 until he made quadruple bogey 7 on “Golden Bell.” World Tour (No. 5 on the Championship 9) provides you the opportunity to challenge the hole that sits in the heart of Amen Corner. You can envision yourself crossing Hogan’s Bridge and clearing Rae’s Creek. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take you three times to get across the water, like it did Spieth.
With March and the spring golf season upon us, World Tour will absolutely enhance your 2019 Myrtle Beach golf trip.