Go Around the World in 18 Holes at World Tour Golf Links
November 28, 2016 by Chris King
Most of us will never challenge Amen Corner, walk across the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews or experience the greatness and exclusivity of Pine Valley, but World Tour Golf Links can provide a taste of the experience.
Home to the Open and Championship 9s, every hole at World Tour was inspired by one of golf’s iconic courses, and World Tour makes good on its promise to take you around the world in 18 holes.
As you begin planning for your 2017 Myrtle Beach golf trip, here are five reasons you need to play World Tour:
- The Open 9 was named for courses that have hosted U.S. and British Opens and features holes inspired by premier courses in Great Britain and North America. The Open 9 begins with a recreation of the first hole at St. Andrews and concludes with a tribute to No. 18 at the Old Course, complete with the Swilcan Bridge. In between are holes inspired Pinehurst No. 2, TPC Sawgrass (yes, it’s No. 17), Colonial, English Turn (See the Par 5 Fifth Hole Spotlight Video below), Pine Valley, Augusta National and the National Golf Club of Canada.
- The Championship 9 features holes inspired by the game’s major championships, highlighted by a recreation of Amen Corner. Other courses with featured holes include Winged Foot, Cypress Point, Royal Troon, Olympic, Oakmont and Bay Hill. Hard to argue with that lineup.
- The holes at World Tour provide the feel of playing the game’s legendary courses but what you are wondering is, what is the experience like? The answer is, it’s very cool. The passport players receive upon entering the gate sets the tone for a day of Myrtle Beach golf that is as enjoyable as it different. It’s fun to read the plaques on each tee box and imagine yourself trying to conquer some of the game’s most famous challenges.
- Everyone wants to know what the “best” hole(s) is at World Tour are and that’s a difficult question to answer. The postage stamp at Royal Troon, 18 at St. Andrews, 17 at TPC Sawgrass are all great, but my money is on Amen Corner. Augusta National sits atop more bucket lists than any course and the opportunity to imagine yourself trying to avoid Justin Spieth’s fate on No. 12 or trying to clear Rae’s Creek on the approach to the 13th green at Augusta, immediately makes World Tour time well spent.
- World Tour has a nearly perfect location, just west of Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach, and is in very close proximity to the airport. The course can be played as part of Founders Group International’s Spring Rewards Package, making it a no-brainer.
If you haven’t enjoyed the World Tour experience, you need to add it to your 2017 Myrtle Beach golf trip.
If you have played the course, what is your favorite hole?