PGA Club Championship

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2022 PGA National Club Championship

February 4th-6th 2023 

Women, Senior and Champion Women

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The Women’s and Senior Women’s 2022 PGA National Club Championship will be headed to Sea Island, Georgia in February 2023. This invite-only tournament field will be made up of the top amateur women’s and senior women’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 since the field is only 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 Women’s, Senior Women’s (50+), and Champions Women’s (60+) divisions each with separate playing distances & prizing. Competition rounds will take place across Seaside Course, Plantation Course and Retreat Course.

Any Women’s or Senior Women’s club champion at her club qualifies for the National Club Championship and may sign-up for any of the 3 divisions: 

Women’s Division – Open division

Senior Women’s Division 50+ years of age

Champion Women’s Division 60+ years of age

Invitation, recognition, & registration

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 Women’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.

Palm Springs Championship Results from 2021 Club Champions

FROM THE PLAYERS

“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!”

Colleen Meyers

“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!” 

Bill Loux

NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION

Please fill out the form to receive information on qualification procedures and/or to stay up to date on event details. Thank you!

The courses

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Seaside is an ocean-side links course that combines its beautiful natural setting with a golf course that is both challenging and fun. The beautifully manicured fairways and greens are bordered by sweeping dunes mixed with native grasses, wildflowers, and bunkers. And the wind creates a different golf experience daily. Sea Island’s most dramatic layout, Seaside is routinely ranked among the top 100 courses in the United States. Along with the Plantation Course, it is the home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, a FedEx cup event hosted by Sea Island touring professional Davis Love III.

Inspired by the traditional profile of Walter Travis’ 1928 original nine-hole course, the new Plantation Course has reopened after a complete redesign by Davis and Mark Love of Love Golf Design. It’s truly been a labor of love – a vision and an on-going conversation between brothers who have transformed the course they grew up playing more times than they can count. You’ll now find the Principal’s Nose on #10 green and a few of Travis’ chocolate drops here and there, along with phenomenal views of the ocean. It is a course you’ll want to play again and again.

Sea Island Touring Professional Davis Love III and his brother Mark redesigned Retreat in 2001. Carefully blending players’ preferences (including their own) from the earlier design, as well as devoting a lot of close personal attention, the brothers created an original design that while dramatic is very playable and interesting. The Love brothers added 300 yards of length to give Retreat an open feeling with a lower profile. The course is defined by pine trees and bunkers but allows players to swing freely for the target. Davis Love III changed the way the course plays so that everyone might enjoy the game as much as he does.

schedule of events

Practice Round Information

 

Wednesday February 1st

Retreat Course & Seaside Course

 

Thursday February 2nd

Plantation Course & Retreat Course & Seaside Course

 

Friday February 3rd

Plantaion Course & Retreat Course & Seaside Course

2-5pm welcome reception with championship gifting and sponsor contests

Guests and caddies may play practice rounds with competitors

 

Championship Rounds

Seaside Course

Plantation Course

Retreat Course

 

Saturday February 4th

Morning Double Tee

 

Sunday February 5th

Morning Double Tee

 

Monday February 6th

Morning Double Tee

Course Set-up

*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.

Women’s Yardage

Seaside Course: 5,980 yards, Course Rating: 73.7, Slope: 137

Plantation Course 5,916 yards, Course Rating: 73.4, Slope: 132

Retreat Course: 5,876 yards, Course Rating: 72.5, Slope: 133

Senior Women’s (50+) Yardage

Seaside Course: 5,546 yards, Course Rating: 71.9, Slope: 128

Plantation Course 5,492 yards, Course Rating: 71.7, Slope: 128

Retreat Course: 5,526 yards, Course Rating: 70.8, Slope: 130

Champions Women’s (60+) Yardage

Seaside Course: 5,092 yards, Course Rating: 70.2, Slope: 124

Plantation Course 5,089 yards, Course Rating: 71.5, Slope: 127

Retreat Course: 5,039 yards, Course Rating: 69.4, Slope: 127

ACCOMMODATIONS

Discounted accommodations rates available for competitors and spectators in the following hotels:

Primary Host Hotel – The Inn at Sea Island – More Info

There’s so much to see and do on St. Simons Island, and The Inn at Sea Island keeps you close to all of it. From the crackling fireplace in the welcoming lobby to the heated outdoor pool and air pool deck, The Inn at Sea Island embodies the spirit, charm, and warm hospitality of this beautiful coastal destination. Whether you’re enjoying a beach vacation with family, on a golf trip with buddies, or just passing through on a road trip, The Inn at Sea Island is the perfect base to explore picture-perfect St. Simons Island and Georgia’s beautiful Golden Isles and soak up its easy pace.

Resort fees and taxes included in the championship discounted rate along with:

– Continental breakfast daily at The Inn

– Complimentary transportation between Sea Island properties

– Self-Parking

– On-site heated outdoor pool with lounges, tables, chairs, and umbrellas

– On-site workout room

– Bicycles to tour the local area on an as available basis

– Access to many Sea Island facilities, including the Forbes Five-Star facilities: The Cloister, The Cloister Spa & Fitness Center, and The Lodge; as well as the Sea Island Golf Club and Sea Island Golf Performance Center (Beach Club access is not available to Inn guests). Fees for dining, activities, and services at the resort are additional.

 

The Cloister – More Info

The Cloister always makes an impression. Tucked away on a private island, it’s spacious, inside and out, with large newly refreshed rooms and exquisite suites. Set on 50 lush acres, surrounded by the river, saltwater marshes, and the sea, with five miles of private coastline to discover. Forbes Five-Star accommodation, but you’ll feel right at home, like family.

– Complimentary use of BMW Courtesy Cars based on availability
– Unlimited access to the Fitness Center with strength and cardio equipment, heated indoor pool,
whirlpool, hydrotherapy pool, labyrinth, locker rooms, steam and sauna
– Unlimited access to Sea Island Beach Club with five miles of private beach, three heated swimming
pools and complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas
– Shared transportation between The Cloister, The Lodge and Retreat
– In-room Nespresso hot beverage program
– Morning coffee and pastries, afternoon tea and cookies at The Cloister
– In-room evening bottled water and ice delivery

significant other/FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Recreation What can you do at Sea Island? Almost anything you can imagine! With five miles of private beach, plenty of activities on and off the water, and a beautiful coast to explore, we can’t wait to see where your day will take you.

Dining – Enjoy flavors from around the world in an authentic, rustic Italian eatery or a classic brasserie. Oceanside dining, warm Southern classics, or a refined steakhouse. Snacks by the pool or a classic Gold Brick Sundae. Dining for every location, activity, and mood.

Spa & Fitness – Sea Island is the world-class home to a Forbes Five-Star spa and a cutting edge fitness facility. Fitness programs, state-of-the-art equipment, and customized therapies. Better mind, better body. And a happy, healthy you.

Boating There’s no better way to experience the inspiring beauty of our tidal marshes, rivers, and the wide-open sea. Take the family on a dolphin nature tour aboard our yacht. Enjoy a private, scenic, leisurely ride. Or indulge in a romantic prelude to dinner.

FAQs

All questions can be directed to Matt Weinberger, Director of Amateur Championships, via phone or email. 513-277-9992 | mweinberger@pgahq.com

Club Champions are submitted to pgaclubchamp.org/submit 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 mweinberger@pgahq.com.  For clubs that host their club championships after October 1st, 2022, the 2021 club champion at the club is eligible to compete.  Contact Matt Weinberger at mweinberger@pgahq.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 in Palm Springs.  *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.

Players qualify by default for the division they won at their course (e.g. if a 62 year old wins their Senior Club Championship they qualify for the Senior Division at the PGA National Club Championship).  Club Champions may sign up for any of the divisions at the PGA National Club Championship. Players must indicate their division preference by selecting the division on the sign-up page.  Switches between divisions can only be done if space permits and must be approved by Matt Weinberger mweinberger@pgahq.com

The cost is $850 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.

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.  

The PGA Professional from the participant’s facility is encouraged to attend to caddie or cheer on their club champion. As a token of our appreciation, that PGA Professional is able to sign-up for the same practice rounds as their club champion at no cost (subject to availability). Contact Matt Weinberger at mweinberger@pgahq.com for more information or to sign-up.

The field will be capped at 208 players.

Club Champions may add their name to the Official Waitlist here

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 mweinberger@pgahq.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.

If there is any pandemic related interferences with hosting the championship, a rescheduled date will be announced.

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 billing@nextgengolf.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 Liability Release and Tournament Participation Terms can be found here.  Any questions contact mweinberger@pgahq.com