The expanding roster of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday tournaments has added another event that will deliver great golf, the chance to compete on a level playing field, and tremendous value. The inaugural Calabash Cup will be played July 24-26 on six Grand Strand golf courses – Carolina National | Crow Creek | Rivers Edge | Sea Trail – Jones Course | Tiger’s Eye | Thistle. The 54-hole, 2-man team event is accepting entries and the event, which is capped at 200 players, is expected to sellout.
Entry fee is $239 through June 3 and includes three rounds of golf, a Friday night welcome party, a Sunday afternoon awards luncheon, and a welcome gift. The price will increase $20 after the June 3.
The top finishers in each flight will be awarded prizes and everyone will have the opportunity to win daily flight prizes and random drawings.
Golfers will be flighted based on their USGA handicap and the event will use a different format each day. The tournament formats, in order, will be best ball, combined net team score, and a Texas scramble.
“The Calabash Cup will give golfers the opportunity compete in a relaxed environment while enjoying some of the Grand Strand’s most popular golf courses,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “The quality of the golf courses and the value of the event are outstanding, and we look forward to having golfers from across the United States compete in the Calabash Cup.”
Two of the host courses – Rivers Edge and Tiger’s Eye – have been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in recent years, and all six are held in high regard. Each Calabash Cup course has earned at least 4 stars in Golf Digest’s prestigious “Best Places to Play” guide, and the work of some of the game’s most famous names will be on display.
Rivers Edge, arguably the Grand Strand’s prettiest course, is an Arnold Palmer design and Carolina National is the area’s only Freddie Couples signature course. Like it’s famously relaxed designer, Carolina National is immensely popular with the people who flock to Brunswick County.
Speaking of architects, Tim Cate is one of America’s most underrated course designers and two of his finest works – Tiger’s Eye and Thistle – will be hosting the Calabash Cup.
Not to be outdone, Crow Creek is universally regarded as one of the area’s hidden gems, and the Jones Course at Sea Trail was designed by “Open Doctor,” Rees Jones.
Off the course, Brunswick County, N.C., is a coastal treasure, offering golfers the opportunity to go deep sea fishing, kayaking and jet-skiing, and Calabash is renowned for the quality of its seafood.
The Friday welcome party will be held at Thistle, home of the Grand Strand’s best clubhouse, and include dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks. The awards luncheon will be hosted at Sea Trail and include lunch and soft drinks.
The Calabash Cup is the fourth new event added to the MBGH tournament lineup over the last year, joining the Fall Classic, the Preseason Classic and the March Championship. Each of the first three events attracted full fields of 200 golfers and players from at least 25 states.
Participating Myrtle Beach Golf Courses: