Bob Gillespie



Like father, like son: Golf Dimensions National Team Classic returns to Myrtle Beach

Posted 5/20/2013 12:52:00 PM

For 15 years, one of the great father-son bonding experiences has been the Golf Dimensions National Father & Son Team Classic, a three-day family event that now is the largest golf event in the world pairing dads (and granddads) with their offspring or grandkids, or just younger friends.

The 16th annual tournament – featuring 24 flights and, a year ago, more than 900 participants from 46 states and seven foreign nations – returns to the Grand Strand July 18-20, with nine of the area’s top courses set for the onslaught.

While the cost isn’t cheap – $1,200 per team (discounted to $975 for teams returning from last year’s tournament) – the experience has been such over the years that there’s never a lack of repeat players. Part of that might be that the Father & Son is open to any combination of players who are at least a generation apart in age; they don’t even have to be related.

In addition to 54 holes of golf over three different courses, with competition in Texas Scramble, Better Ball and Captain’s Choice formats, all players receive a gift package that includes a $100 Golf Dimensions gift card, a pair of leather golf shoes and a golf glove. Other goodies include lunch at the course each day, closing day cookout and awards ceremony, headgear, golf balls, tournament player shirt and personalized bag tag.

Courses playing host to the event include Barefoot Resort’s Fazio Course, Wild Wing Plantation, Myrtle Beach National’s Kings North (designed by Arnold Palmer) and Long Bay. Amateurs play at 80 percent of USGA Handicap Index (pros play at scratch), and teams will be flighted based on total team handicap. A skills Challenge and Demo Alley also are included.

The action begins July 17 with registration and practice rounds. For more information, call (843) 497-2627 locally, (866) 497-2627 toll free. To register online, click here. To register by mail, click here to download an application form.