There’s plenty to love about live golf – the incredible atmosphere, the world’s greatest players battling it out for the championship, and the balance between heavy-hitting and delicate approach play (not to mention the difficult putting). But what golfing events should you attend in the US this year? Let’s look at some of the best stay and play golf events!
Ah, the Masters – the golf world descends on Augusta National Golf Club once a year and it’s where some of the greatest ever golf stories have been written. If you want to be part of the history, attend the Masters (sometimes referred to as the US Masters).
With no qualifying tournaments, the event is invitation-based, and this means one thing – you’re going to see the best players on the planet. When a player wins, they own the famous green jacket as a symbol of club membership until the next tournament begins. While the first winner of the tournament, Horton Smith, won $1,500, winners these days earn upwards of $2 million.
American Century Championship
If you prefer a more relaxed golfing experience, it’s always good to see celebrities and ex-sports stars taking on the American Century Championship. In 2021, just some of the names walking around the course included Tony Romo, Steph Curry, Dell Curry, Mardy Fish, Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers, Alfonso Ribeiro, Ray Allen, Justin Timberlake, and Chase Utley.
In terms of winners, Rick Rhoden has eight titles while other multiple winners include Jack Wagner, Billie Joe Tolliver, Mark Mulder, Mark Rypien, and Tony Romo. This tournament is a great way to enjoy golf events but without the tense atmosphere that you get at majors (this isn’t to say that the celebs don’t take it seriously!).
While the Masters stays at Augusta, the US Open moves around the country from one year to the next. However, one thing that you can guarantee is excellent golf and memories to last a lifetime when visiting. Whether it’s Pebble Beach or Shinnecock, the golf course normally offers a complete test for all golfers. Typically, even the unflappable flap at the US Open, and thousands of people love seeing this unfold each year.
The Players Championship
While this tournament might not compete with others we’ve mentioned for prestige, it’s in a world of its own in terms of innovative course design. If you need evidence, just look for the TPC Sawgrass hole 17 on Google. What you’ll see is an island surrounded by water – this is the green for the hole.
Known as the Stadium Course, you’ll have your camera out every few seconds because of the picturesque landscape. Of course, the standard of golf isn’t too bad either. If you can, grab a mound by hole 17 and watch as some of the calmest players lose their cool trying to approach the island green.
The Memorial Tournament
This time, you’ll head to the Muirfield Village Golf Club and a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. You’ll find easier walks on the PGA calendar, but you won’t find many as rewarding as this one. Generally speaking, the last three holes are the best place to be. As well as the difficult par three on 16, 18 is home to one of the best finishing holes in the world.
Reasons to visit the Memorial Tournament – you see some of the best players to have ever graced the golfing world while also honoring those who have passed away in the last year. Overall, it’s an amazing experience and one to share with other golf fans!