South Carolina Golf Named Best in the Country & Top Five in the World
South Carolina has been named one of the top five golf destinations in the world for 2023 by the International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO). Along with Cypress, Dubai, Los Cabos and Thailand, the Palmetto State was the only U.S. destination to make the list.
The IAGTO Awards, created to recognize outstanding service, performance and quality within the international golf tourism industry, just celebrated its 22nd year. With over 500 golf tour operators casting their votes, the 2021 winners were selected in acknowledgement of the destinations which provided the best golf experiences to their customers throughout the year. The North American Golf Tourism 2023 IAGTO Convention is set to be held at Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa, Florida from June 20-22.
“South Carolina is known for our beaches and our golf,” said South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish. “That’s true stateside, and clearly with this incredible recognition, it is true on an international level too. Drive through any course parking lot from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head and you’ll spot license plates from states up and down the east coast. That net continues to get wider and wider every year as we welcome more golfers from across the U.S. and all over the world thanks to the hard work of our golf industry. From the teams behind our iconic courses to the segments of the industry that make international golf travel to South Carolina so easy, like our tour operators and airports–so many people working together to make the Palmetto State a top destination for golf.”
South Carolina has a long and storied history with golf, boasting more than 350 courses and playing host to the annual RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in Greenville and the new CJ Cup at Congaree. Celebrating 40 years, the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com WORLD AMATEUR Handicap Championship will be host to 3500 golfers August 28-September 1st.