Like most sports, golf can be split into two main types of players: professional and amateur. Professionals tend to be those players that take up the game as their full time career and dedicate every day to improving themselves on the course with the hope of competing and doing well in an event or tournament.
Amateur players, however, prefer to play the game at their own pace, and generally aren’t that competitive. That doesn’t mean that there are no amateur golf tournaments scattered around the world, and while they may not be quite as exciting as the professional side, almost all of them are played on some of the best course on the planet.
The Crump Cup
The George A. Crump Memorial Tournament is an amateur event that takes place in Pine Valley, and is widely considered by many to be the best amateur tournament in the world. The best seniors and mid-amateurs compete on 36 holes, followed by four rounds of match play. Players are grouped according to their position in the qualifying rounds, and its not unusual to see USGA champions taking part in the event. Pine Valley is among the world’s most prestigious and beautiful courses, and has been at the top of countless lists due to its aesthetic and atmosphere, providing a great way to spend the day after a few hours of playing online casino Philippines game.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur
Augusts National Golf Club can be found in Augusta, Georgia, and it’s a prime destination for pro golfers, which were also the only ones that were allowed to play on the course, as it’s by invitation only. The club has recently founded a new event, however, which aims to find the 72 best amateur female players that the golfing world has to offer. Despite the name, only one round of a total of three is played at Augusta National, while the other two take place at Champions Retreat, which is nearby.
The St. Andrews Links Trophy
Taking place at The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland, the St. Andrews Links Trophy, which has earned a name for itself for attracting the best amateur players that Europe has to offer. The field sees the players participate in one round on the Old Course and another on St Andrews course before the field is cut to the low 40s and ties. Two rounds are then completed on the Old Course for the final day of the event. It’s a truly unique experience being that it’s the oldest course on earth, and has seen some of the very best players of all time walk across its greens.
Master of The Amateurs
Master of The Amateurs is an Australian amateur tournament that is a direct tribute to the Masters Tournament that takes place at Augusta National, including the green jacket that are given to the winners of the event. It has become a favourite among golfers in Australia, in recent years, and in 2018 it was given a women’s version after 20 years of it being exclusive to male players only.