South Carolina continues to increase its footprint in the world of PGA TOUR golf with the announcement of the playing of the CJ CUP in South Carolina to be held October 17-23 at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, SC.
With more than 300 courses and an annual economic impact in the billions, golf is one of the most important markets in South Carolina’s robust tourism industry. In 2021, South Carolina played host to three PGA TOUR events that included the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, the PGA Championship at Kiawah and The Palmetto Championship at Congaree (a one-year deal to host a TOUR event during the week of the cancelled RBC Canadian Open). The Palmetto State also saw the annual Korn Ferry's BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation contested in Greenville.
What makes this event unusual is the course that will host the tournament. Congaree Golf Club, which operates as a private club, was designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio. Built on a former 18th-century estate in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina, the course is wide open with expanses of sand dividing holes and ancient live oaks dotting the landscape. Resembling courses of Australia’s Sandbelt, it features sharp bunker edges and rolling hills.
Golf Digest named Congaree Golf Club the “Best Course Built This Decade” and had this to say about it: “Tom Fazio, not necessarily known as a minimalist, took a ... piece of land about an hour inland from Hilton Head Island and transported gigantic oak trees and created hills, ridges and lakes that appear like they’ve been there for hundreds of years, and routed a superb design around those features.”
The CJ CUP in South Carolina will feature a 78-man field including five players designated by the Korean Professional Golfers' Association as well as the top-3 available players of Korean nationality from the Official World Golf Rankings.
“In 2021, South Carolina caught the eye of the golf world by hosting three highly successful tournaments in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course, the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, and the Palmetto Championship at Congaree Golf Club,” said South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster. “This success, coupled with the rapidly growing popularity of golf in our state, has made South Carolina a top destination for major golf events. We look forward to continuing to grow this reputation with The CJ CUP in South Carolina and beyond.”
Tickets, volunteer opportunities and additional tournament news regarding The CJ CUP in South Carolina will be released soon. For more information on the event, please visit PGATOUR.com.