Masters week is upon us, and for those without tickets to Augusta National (most of us, in other words), the best one-night place to watch the world’s best players – and bid on some incredible golf-related packages – is the South Carolina Golf Association’s annual Columbia “Golf Ball,” which generates funs for the SCGA’s developmental junior golf programs across the state.
It’s also a chance to watch the Masters first round on big-screen TVs, enjoy food and drink, and rub elbows with hundreds of fellow enthusiasts. The event takes place April 11 in Columbia
at the South Carolina Fairgrounds’ Moore Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting – well, until the auctions are done and everyone goes home.
Speaking of auctions (silent and live), consider just a few of the items that will be available:
A wine enthusiasts’ three-day trip to Napa Valley; golf-themed artwork, including a beautiful framed depiction of Augusta National’s par-5 15th and par-3 16th holes by acclaimed artist Linda Hartough, who produces the official U.S. Open painting each year; tickets to the RBC Heritage (April 15-21) at Harbour Town Golf Links; and more than 100 rounds of golf at some of South Carolina’s premier courses.
One of the golf-package highlights is a three-day trip to Murrells Inlet with accommodations and three rounds of golf at DeBordieu, Wachesaw and one other course. Other overnight deals including accommodations are to Barefoot Resort, with rounds at the spectacular Dye Course plus another round on any of the other Barefoot courses, and to Daufuskie Island with a round at Haig Point. Among the single-round packages is Aiken’s Palmetto Golf Club, the state’s oldest course (founded in 1892) and the second-oldest continuous-location course in America.
“We’ve got the golf crowd covered,” says Joe Quick of the SCGA.
Tickets to the Golf Ball are $50 per individual or $80 per couple if purchased prior to the event. Ticket books (to place silent-auction bids during the gathering) are available for $25 and $100. The event features an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Southern Way Catering.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (803) 732-9311, or print an application form by clicking here