Golf

Bob Gillespie

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

New to the lineup: BMW Charity Pro-Am adds Green Valley Country Club for 2014

Posted 10/4/2013 2:41:00 PM

The BMW Charity Pro-Am, a longtime staple of the Web.com Tour, has carved out a special place on the PGA Tour’s developmental tour as the only stop that features professionals teamed with amateurs and celebrities, in the style of the PGA Tour’s famed AT&T Pebble Beach event. For 2014, the popular annual event in Greenville will feature a new golf course in its rotation.

Green Valley Country Club, built in 1958 by renowned architect George Cobb and renovated in 2001 by Greenville-based designer Tom Jackson (of Cliffs at Glassy and Mount Vintage fame), will become the third member of the BMW Charity Pro-Am lineup, joining long-time host Thornblade Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee (located in the community of Sunset), which joined the rotation in 2013.

Green Valley will replace the Chanticleer course at Greenville Country Club, which was part of the three-course lineup in 2012 and 2013 after replacing Bright’s Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring, N.C. The Reserve at Lake Keowee replaced Spartanburg’s Carolina Country Club, in the rotation since 2008.

In fact, new courses are nothing new for the BMW, which once was based at courses in The Cliffs golf communities.

Green Valley can hold its own among its scenic brethren with its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring 10 holes bordering the Reedy River and five holes located near small lakes. Too, Green Valley is more conveniently located than past courses in the BMW that were somewhat isolated. The course is not far from the campus of Furman University, and players will have access to a newly renovated, multi-targeted practice facility, including short-game and putting areas.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am, which drew in excess of 50,000 spectators this past May, is scheduled in 2014 for May 15-18. Players compete on each of the three courses over the first three days of the event, with the final round at Thornblade. Last year’s winner, former University of South Carolina player, Beaufort native and 2014 PGA Tour member Mark Anderson took home $117,000 from a total purse of $650,000. Since 2001, the tournament has generated and distributed nearly $10 million to 150 local charities.

For information on the 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am, click here.