Bluffton, South Carolina (April 26, 2018) – 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.
Approximately 1,100 acres in size, Belfair is located on the mainland in Bluffton, five miles from Hilton Head Island on Highway 278. In addition to golf, other amenities at Belfair include a world-class golf learning center, a beautiful clubhouse and a 9,200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art athletic center which includes two pools, tennis courts, certified personal training, spa services, a dog park and more. The club offers four dining options, including the 1811 Grille, Veranda Dining, The Oaks Dining Room and poolside dining at the athletic center. In addition to the existing amenities, construction recently began on an outdoor dining area and lounge at the existing clubhouse, as well as a new multi-purpose facility with pools, fitness equipment, a cafe, and meeting space.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 35 states and 33 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit Troon.com.