Belfair recently kicked off the one-year countdown to the 2019 PGA Professional Championship with a golf clinic hosted by PGA of America Vice President Suzy Whaley and Carolina PGA Section President Paige Cribb. Volunteers as well as Belfair residents participated in the kickoff event held on the practice range on April 19.
“We are excited and honored about our Section and Belfair hosting the PGA Professional Championship in 2019,” said Cribb. “The facility is spectacular and volunteer signups are already exceeding our goals.”
The 2019 PGA Professional Championship, the world’s largest all-professional event, is scheduled to be played April 28-May 1, 2019. The 312-player field will be comprised of players who advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions. The low 20 scorers at Belfair will earn a berth in the 2019 PGA Championship to be played May 16-19, 2019 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. All four rounds of the PGA Professional Championship will be broadcast live on Golf Channel. The PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA.
Belfair is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Troon is the largest employer of PGA of America members and apprentices with over 600 PGA-affiliated associates employed at facilities worldwide.
Belfair features two championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio that exemplify Lowcountry beauty. The West Course opened in 1996 with Links Magazine proclaiming it “…the finest set of golf holes in the Lowcountry, if not on the East Coast.” The par-72 West Course will host play during all four rounds of the PGA Professional Championship and plays to 7,111 yards from the championship tees. Belfair’s East Course opened in 1999 and is reminiscent of the links courses of Scotland while showcasing the area’s deep-water views, fresh water lakes and lagoons. The par-71 layout measures 6,900 yards from the championship tees. Golfweek Magazine ranks both courses among the “Best Residential Courses” in the United States in their 2018 ranking.
In addition to hosting the 2019 PGA Professional Championship, Belfair will also host the 2018 U.S. Open local qualifying tournament on May 14th. The property is no stranger to championship events, having hosted the 2013 South Carolina Open and the Players Amateur from 2000-2011, which featured past champions Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Brian Harman.