South Carolina will host its third PGA Tour event of 2021 with the announcement of the new Palmetto Championship at Congaree to be held on a little-known, 4-year-old course in rural Jasper County. The official FedExCup event will field 156 golfers and fills a week left open on the Tour’s calendar following the decision to cancel the 2021 RBC Canadian Open. The event will take place June 7-13 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. The Palmetto Championship at Congaree joins the list of other significant tournaments in South Carolina in 2021, including the annual RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, the PGA Championship in Kiawah and the annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation 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.”
A Daily Grounds ticket gives access to the Palmetto Championship at Congaree starting at $70 per day, Thursday through Sunday; a weekly pass is $235. Daily Youth (younger than 18), Military and First Responder tickets also are on sale for $40 per day, Thursday through Sunday. In addition, a weekly Youth pass is available for $140. All ticketed spectators must purchase a parking pass, available for $20 per day or $50 for the week.
The Palmetto Championship at Congaree will continue to work closely with local and state governments, health officials and PGA Tour headquarters to ensure health and safety remain the top priority in hosting the tournament this summer.
“We are excited to offer spectators the opportunity to experience Congaree Golf Club and see for themselves why it is one of the best courses in the country,” said PGA Tour Tournament Director Meghan Costello. “The local community has embraced the tournament’s arrival under very unique circumstances, so we look forward to delivering a world-class experience for those spectators who get to see the PGA Tour’s best compete at this elite venue.”
The 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree will be broadcast on CBS, Golf Channel and PGA TOUR LIVE, and internationally on GOLFTV powered by the PGA TOUR.