The Men’s and Senior Men’s 2022 PGA National Club Championship will be headed to Kiawah Island in February of 2023. This invite-only tournament field will be made up of the top amateur men’s and senior men’s golfers from around the country who have won their club championship during the 2022 calendar year.
Receiving an invitation to the PGA Club Championship is quite an honor as the field is made up of an exclusive group of club champions. The championship brings together a wide variety of golfers from nearly all 50 states. Public or private, small or large, all club champions from facilities with a PGA Professional are eligible.
The championship is a 3-day, 54 hole stroke play competition with a Men’s, Senior Men’s, and Champion Men’s division each with separate prizing. Competition rounds will take place across The Ocean Course, Turtle Point and Cougar Point.
Any Men’s, Senior Men’s or Super Senior club champion at his club qualifies for the National Club Championship and may sign-up for any of the 3 divisions:
Men’s Division – Open Division
Senior Men’s Division – 50+ years of age
Champion Men’s Division – 60+ years of age
PGA Professionals submit their amateur club champions and invitations are sent out to players via email. If you are a club champ, please ask your PGA Professional for the invitation or contact Matt Weinberger at Mweinberger@pgahq.com. All club champions will need to be verified by the PGA Professional.
The World Amatuer Golf Rankings will recognize the Men’s PGA National Championship – WAGR coverage includes more than 10,000 players from 102 countries, and more than 4,000 ranking tournaments played in 104 countries.
The field will be limited to club champions only and due to the nature of the invite process, acceptances will be taken first come first served until the field is full. If you are interested in adding your name to the Official Waitlist.
“The National Club Championship is an outstanding event! I have been lucky enough to attend both the inaugural 2020 event at Pinehurst as well as the 2021 event in Palm Springs. The experience gets better each year and the PGA staff truly think of every single detail. The venues they choose are spectacular. You can expect beautiful challenging courses, a great welcome party, and quality favors to remember the experience. This annual event has made me even more motivated to win the club championship each year as I would be very disappointed to miss out on the invitation to attend!”
“We’ve had the privilege to compete in the first two club championship events in both the men’s and women’s divisions and they are top notch! The team that puts on the event are very thoughtful in selecting a great venue. This has turned into an event we hope to be able to qualify for every year.”
Andrew Flaskerud & Katie Kirk
“I can not tell you how much I enjoyed playing in the PGA National Club Championship! It was the trip of a lifetime for me. I have talked about it so much at my home club in Michigan that our club has decided include paid entry fee into this years event as part of winning our Club Championship. The professionalism and friendliness of the PGA staff made it a special experience I will never forget. I also absolutely loved the golf courses and accommodations in Palm Desert. I would go there again tomorrow. Thank you so much and keep up the great work!”
Join the ranks of avid golfers who have The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on their must-play list for a true test of skill. Located on the eastern-most end of the island, The Ocean Course boasts the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere with ten hugging the Atlantic and the other eight running parallel to those. #4 Public Golf Course in U.S. and Ranked 25th amongst the 100 Greatest U.S. Golf Courses. The Ocean Course is walking only.
After a comprehensive nine-month renovation led by Jack Nicklaus and members of his architectural team, Turtle Point reopened in late 2016 to rave player reviews. Sweeping improvements included regrassing with Paspalum, rebuilding of all bunkers, laser-leveling all tee boxes and reestablishing irrigation throughout the course. Turtle Point exemplifies Jack Nicklaus’ firm design philosophy to “make the player use his mind ahead of his muscles—to control his emotions sufficiently to really think through his options before drawing a club from the bag.”
Following an extensive 10-month renovation in tandem with Gary Player Design, Cougar Point reopened on October 1, 2017 to rave reviews—winning over Kiawah Island golfers with its dramatic marsh vistas and superior playability. Whether you’ve played the old Cougar Point or have never stepped foot on its greens, this renovated course is a must-play at the resort. Cougar Point’s short and long par-4s, great risk/reward 5s and extremely scenic and challenging par-3s demand that you approach your round with a smart strategy.
Practice Round Information
Monday February 13th
The Ocean Course, Turtle Point and Cougar Point
Tuesday February 14th
The Ocean Course, Turtle Point and Cougar Point
Guests may sign up for practice rounds with competitors
The Ocean Course
Wednesday Febrary 15th
Morning Double Tee
Thursday February 16th
Morning Double Tee
Friday February 17th
Morning Double Tee
*Yardage is subject to change based on weather and course conditions. Actual yardages will be sent out a day before competition rounds. The color tee markers used for competition will not match the scorecard stock yardages. Please use the approximate yardages below for estimates.
The Ocean Course: 6,779 yards, Course Rating: 73.9, Slope: 148
Turtle Point: 6,911, Course Rating: 73, Slope: 134
Cougar Point: 6,814 yards, Course Rating: 72.7, Slope: 134
Senior Men’s (50+) Yardage
The Ocean Course: 6,475 yards, Course Rating: 72.4, Slope: 139
Turtle Point: 6,510 yards, Course Rating: 71.3, Slope: 132
Cougar Point: 6,514 yards, Course Rating: 71.1, Slope: 124
Champions Men’s (60+) Yardage
The Ocean Course: 6,202 yards, Course Rating: 71.1, Slope: 134
Turtle Point: 6,162 yards, Course Rating: 69.9, Slope: 129
Cougar Point: 6,139 yards, Course Rating: 69.3, Slope: 124
Discounted accommodations rates available for competitors and spectators in the following hotels:
Primary Host Hotel – The Sanctuary – More Info
Take one step through The Sanctuary’s doors and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back centuries in time to a grand seaside mansion. At once elegant and welcoming, The Sanctuary exemplifies gracious Southern hospitality.
Resort Charge Inclusions:
– Enhanced Guestroom High Speed Internet Access
– Fitness Classes with professional instructor
– Yoga Classes with professoinal instructor
– Bike Rentals
– Tennis & Basketball Court Acess (including racket and ball rental)
Primary Host Hotel – Resort Villas – More Info
Our collection of Kiawah Island villa rentals grants you exclusive access to our world-class amenities—including two interactive pool complexes—in addition to valuable savings and preferred reservations.
Choose from 1 to 3 bedroom options to fit whatever lodging situation you need!
Bike Rentals – Kiawah Island is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Endless experiences that will allow you the opportunity to view all of this are waiting for you and your family across Kiawah Island. There is no better way to reach them than on a bicycle.
Kayak Tours – Take a kayak through the salt marsh or a paddle board along the ocean coast for some up close tours of the Island!
Charleston – There are plenty of ways to sight-see the historically and culturally rich town of Charleston. For your enjoyment, tours of all types are given throughout the city.
Spa – Just outside Charleston, there is one spa resort that can whisk you away from it all…The Spa at The Sanctuary.
All questions can be directed to Matt Weinberger, Director of Amateur Championships, via phone or email. 513-277-9992 | email@example.com
Club Champions are submitted to pgaclubchamp.org and invitation and sign-up information is sent to all 2022 club champions. If you have questions during the sign-up process, please contact Matt Weinberger firstname.lastname@example.org. For clubs that host their club championships after Jan 1st, 2023, the 2021 club champion at the club is eligible to compete. Contact Matt Weinberger at email@example.com for more details.
Any golf course with a PGA Professional* which holds an 18 hole club championship event will act as a qualifier. Amateur Club Champions in the Men’s, Women’s, Senior Men’s, and Senior Women’s who win a championship during the 2022 calendar year are sent an invitation to compete in the 2022 PGA Club Championship at Kiawah Island. *champions who work with a PGA Professional at a different facility are eligible for an invitation
The PGA Club Championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition.
No, this event features the amateur club champions at golf courses with a PGA Professional on staff. PGA Professionals are encouraged to promote the PGA Club Championship invitation to their members to help increase participation in their course’s club championship divisions.
Club Champions who win their club championship may choose any of the 3 divisions held at the PGA National Club Championship and must indicate their division during sign-up. Switches between divisions can only be done if space permits and must be approved by Matt Weinberger firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $950 for the entry fee which includes 3 rounds of championship golf (cart is included or players may walk or bring their own caddies). The entry fee also includes premium player welcome gifts, as well as a daily food card that can be used at restaurants on-site at the courses or resort during each competition round. The round at The Ocean Course also includes a caddie but not gratuity.
Players need to sign up and pay for the Player Entry Fee to “reserve their spot.” Since registrations are completed on a rolling basis spots cannot be held.
Yes, practice rounds will be available on competition courses. Please note all practice rounds are on a first come first serve basis. Every effort will be made to allow players to compete on all practice rounds.
The field for the Men’s and Senior Men’s event will be capped at 312 players.
In order to be eligible for the National PGA Club Championship champions must qualify from a course with a PGA Professional. For questions contact Mweinberger@pgahq.com
No, the PGA National Club Championship is only open to Amateur Club Champions
Junior Club Champions are not eligible for the 2022 championship.
No. Only Gross Champions from a golf club are eligible. There are no handicaps or net champions at the PGA Club Championship.
The PGA Professional has final say on which event at the facility recognizes the club champion for each division
Yes, competitors must have amateur status to be able to compete in the event. Players in the process of receiving their amateur status back may request approval for event entry by emailing Matt Weinberger email@example.com and providing the proper supporting documentation.
Players will be awarded championship trophies and sponsored product (below the threshold for USGA amateur status). The Top 5 finishers in all divisions will receive an invitation to the 2023 PGA National Club Championship.
Competitors are permitted to bring their own caddies.
Spectators are permitted and may take advantage of the group hotel block and limited practice round play. There will be two carts assigned per foursome and spectators will not be able to ride in the competitor’s cart during the round.
Players will be asked to verify their 2022 championship details and our staff will confirm with the course PGA Professional that all winners are eligible. In the event a club champion falsifies championship results, he or she will receive a 3 year ban
No, club champions are attending individually. Multiple champions from the same course may attend however.
Refunds are available as long as they are made more than 45 days before the competition. There is a refund fee of 25% for the Player Entry Fee and practice or golf rounds and a 10% refund fee for hotel cancellations. The PGA Club Champ charges a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.9% and 30 cents for each transaction processed on pgaclubchamp.org. To avoid the non-refundable convenience fee, PGA Club Champ accepts checks as a preferred alternative payment method. Checks can be made payable to Nextgengolf, Inc and mailed to 1916 PGA Parkway Attn. Matt Weinberger, Frisco, TX 75033. Please note, convenience fees will not be refunded even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited or charged back. Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of inclement weather, if the course staff deems the golf course unplayable, the PGA staff will work with the host course to provide rain checks, partial refunds, or full refunds depending on the nature of the situation and the course’s policies. If nine holes of golf are completed, no refunds (both partial and full) or rain checks will be provided.
The Ocean Course is walking only. Carts will not be available.