The Sea Pines Resort’s Plantation Golf Club Named ‘Clubhouse of the Year’ 

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) — The Sea Pines Resort — Hilton Head’s most celebrated golf and leisure retreat announces its Plantation Golf Club has been named New Clubhouse of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine.

For more than 20 years, Golf Inc. has annually honored the best clubhouse projects. Candidates are separated into two categories: new construction and renovation. Nine projects earned scores high enough to be honored in the 2015 Clubhouse of the Year feature. The selection of the Plantation Golf Club as the winner was announced in the just-released May / June issue.

The 23,000-square-foot facility services the resorts Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean Course. Its amenities include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak bar and grill featuring Lowcountry cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious mens and womens locker rooms. It is also home to the resorts premier Golf Learning Center, directed by acclaimed golf instructor Tim Cooke.

Our world-class Plantation Golf Club significantly enhances the overall golf experience for our members and guests, says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports & Operations. Were honored to be named New Clubhouse of the Year as we continually strive to remain at the pinnacle of top resort destinations.

Two additional ventures have been recently completed at The Sea Pines Resort. The new 55,000-square-foot multi-use Harbour Town Clubhouse opened just prior to this years PGA TOUR RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Last September, the spectacular new 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club was unveiled. Featuring year-round enjoyment for guests and property owners, it houses an array of family-friendly amenities including dining, retail and special event space.

The resorts myriad activities includes 54 holes of exceptional golf, tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, and 15 miles of leisure paths for biking and hiking. Nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin is ideal for sightseeing as well as featuring superb dining and shopping options.

For more information: www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.

One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dyes classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOURs RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The property has recently gone through extensive redevelopment with its Sea Pines Beach Club and Plantation Golf Club both opening in 2014. The new 26,000-square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse opened in March.

Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resorts best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst Tapped as Future U.S. Amateur Sites

Two of the most beloved golf resorts in the world – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore. – will be the host sites for the 2019 and 2020 U.S. Amateur Championships, respectively.

Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman, unveiled the two future sites while appearing on-air with host Shane O’Donoghue during Fox Sports 1’s broadcast of the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball quarterfinals on Tuesday. The championship is being conducted at Bandon Dunes.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at both Pinehurst and Bandon Dunes, two proven partners in supporting and advancing amateur competition,” said Murphy. “We are confident these renowned courses will once again provide a worthy test and an enjoyable experience for all when they host the world’s top amateur players in 2019 and 2020.”

Pinehurst No. 2 and Bandon Dunes joins a venerable group of future U.S. Amateur sites, including 2015 at Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Ill.;  2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.;  2017 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and 2018 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Scheduled for Aug. 12-18, the 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship and third U.S. Amateur Championship conducted at Pinehurst, including the 1962 and 2008 U.S. Amateurs, won by Labron E. Harris Jr. and Danny Lee, respectively. Both championships were played on Course No. 2, a Donald Ross design that opened in 1907 and was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2010. The Coore-Crenshaw Restoration shined on the world stage in 2014, when it hosted the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks.

Course No. 2 will host both stroke-play and match-play rounds in 2019, while Course No. 8 will serve as the stroke-play companion course.

Pinehurst No. 2 will also host the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, May 27-31, with Course No. 4 serving as the companion course.

“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” said Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort & Country Club CEO and owner. “As long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the contributions amateurs have made to the game. To serve as the site of the U.S. Amateur will be an especially proud moment for Pinehurst, and it reflects the passion for amateur golf we share with the USGA.”

The 2020 U.S. Amateur, to be held Aug. 10-16, will mark the sixth USGA championship held at Bandon Dunes, all since 2006, including this week’s Women’s Four-Ball Championship, which will crown its first champions on Wednesday after the final match on the Pacific Dunes course. This will be the first U.S. Amateur held at Bandon Dunes, which is home to four courses, all of which have previously hosted USGA championships.

The Bandon Dunes course, the first of four 18-hole courses at the resort, opened in 1999 and hosted the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Trip Kuehne. Pacific Dunes, designed by Tom Doak and opened in 2001, hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, as well as this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. Bandon Trails, designed by Coore and Crenshaw and opened in 2005, and Old Macdonald, opened in 2010 and designed by Doak and Jim Urbina, were the host courses for both the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links, won by Corbin Mills, and 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, won by Brianna Do. The courses to be used for the 2020 U.S. Amateur will be announced at a later date.

“We are honored and delighted to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and look forward to adding to the storied history of this special championship,” said Mike Keiser, owner and founder of Bandon Dunes. “Amateur golf – both competitive and recreational – has been at the heart of Bandon Dunes since its inception, particularly the Old Macdonald course, which was constructed as homage to Charles Blair Macdonald who fittingly won the very first U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport Golf Club in 1895.”

The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles, with notable champions such as five-time champion Bob Jones, three-time champion Tiger Woods, two-time winners Jack Nicklaus and Francis Ouimet, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton and Phil Mickelson.

Pinehurst Named as Site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 12, 2015) –The United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday that it has selected Pinehurst Resort and Country Club as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 12-18, 2019.

The 2019 championship will mark the third time Pinehurst has hosted the U.S. Amateur. Labron Harris Jr. won the 1962 U.S. Amateur while Danny Lee was victorious when the championship returned in 2008.

Both Pinehurst No. 8 and Pinehurst No. 2 will be used for stroke-play qualifying whileNo. 2 will be used for match play to determine the champion.

“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” said Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort and Country Club CEO and Owner. “For as long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the amateur’s contribution to the game. To serve as the site of the U.S. Amateur will be an especially proud moment for Pinehurst, and it reflects the passion for amateur golf we share with the USGA.”

Labron Harris Jr.

Pinehurst No. 2, the venerable Donald Ross design, was restored by the team of Coore and Crenshaw in 2010.The course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America, and in 2014, became the first course to serve as the host of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks. The 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and the ninth since 1989, more than any other site in the United States. Pinehurst will also serve as host to the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident this renowned course will once again provide a worthy test and an enjoyable experience for all when it hosts the world’s top amateur players for a third time in 2019.”

Danny Lee

Pinehurst has a long and storied history with amateur championships, hosting the North and South Men’s Amateur since 1901 and the North and South Women’s Amateur since 1903. Past winners of the North and South Amateur include many of the USGA’s greatest champions, including Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Harvie Ward, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton and Corey Pavin.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships.” Diana Murphy, USGA

“Pinehurst celebrates amateur golf every day,” said Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do so on the world stage by hosting the 2019 U.S. Amateur. We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and will have hosted 10 national championships at the conclusion of the U.S. Amateur. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated members and volunteers, the Village of Pinehurst and the state of North Carolina.”

Pinehurst No. 2 is the only course to have hosted all five of the USGA’s most important events: U.S. Open (1999, 2005, 2014), U.S. Women’s Open (2014), U.S. Amateur (1962, 2008, 2019), U.S. Women’s Amateur (1989) and U.S. Senior Open (1994).

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The U.S. Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted on No. 8, a Tom Fazio design that opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial. Also known as the Centennial Course, No. 8 previously hosted the 1997 and 1998 PGA Professional National Championships.

The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles, with notable champions such as five-time champion Bob Jones, three-time champion Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jack Nicklaus, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton and Phil Mickelson.

Upcoming U.S. Amateur Championships will be contested Aug. 17-23, 2015 at Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Ill.; Aug. 15-21, 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Aug. 14-20, 2017 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and Aug. 13-19, 2018 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Pinehurst No. 2 18th Hole

USGA Championships at Pinehurst

1962 U.S. Amateur – Labron Harris Jr.

1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur – Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

1994 U.S. Senior Open – Simon Hobday

1999 U.S. Open – Payne Stewart

2005 U.S. Open – Michael Campbell

2008 U.S. Amateur – Danny Lee

2014 U.S. Open – Martin Kaymer

2014 U.S. Women’s Open – Michelle Wie

2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, May 27-31, 2017

2019 U.S. Amateur, Aug. 12-18, 2019

PGA of America to Conduct 2021 PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The PGA of America announced today that it will conduct the 2021 PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The 103rd edition of the Championship in August 2021 returns to the renowned Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout in South Carolina after its first visit in 2012, when Rory McIlroy captured the Wanamaker Trophy by a record-setting margin. The Ocean Course is one of four venues to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (2007) and the PGA Championship. The Ocean Course also hosted the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship.

“Ever since The Ocean Course was introduced to the world, it has been a supreme test for the greatest players in golf,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “From a down-to-the-last putt thriller of a Ryder Cup in 1991 to Rory McIlroy closing a record-setting performance in the 2012 PGA Championship, there has never been a shortage of thrills on The Ocean Course. We anticipate that tradition of excellence continuing in 2021 at the PGA Championship.”

The PGA Championship also is the only one of golf’s four majors to be hosted in South Carolina. The announcement was made with Kiawah Island Golf Resort Chairman Bill Goodwin.

“It’s an honor to have the PGA Championship returning to The Ocean Course and Kiawah Island,” said Goodwin. “We have enjoyed dramatic finishes and premier Champions each time the PGA of America elected to bring an event to the island. We will do all that we can to provide the best possible conditions for the world’s best players and make the experience memorable to golf fans of South Carolina and to thousands of visitors worldwide.”

The PGA Championship, the only all-professional major, features one of the deepest international fields in golf. Since 1994, it has perennially featured the most top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf Championships.

The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America – 10 along the Atlantic Ocean with the other eight running parallel to those.

Designed from a ribbon of pristine sand dunes stretching nearly three miles along the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course is a par-72 layout that can be extended to 7,676 yards, and is reminiscent of the great seaside links of England and Scotland.

About Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Named by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world, Kiawah Island is located just 21 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. Kiawah Island Golf Resort sits along 10 miles of pristine beach and is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages close to 500 private villas and luxury homes, 10 restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including the world-famous Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship. For more information, visit kiawahresort.com

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Contacts: 

Jamie Carbone PGA of America, jcarbone@pgahq.com

Mike Vegis, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Mike_Vegis@kiawahresort.com