The Players Amateur – South Carolina, USA

The Players Amateur is an annual amateur golf tournament which was first played in 2000. It is organized by the Heritage Classic Foundation, which also sponsors the RBC Heritage on the PGA Tour. It is currently played at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.  There are two courses at Berkeley Hall – The North Course and The South Course – this year’s tournament was played on The South Course.  Past winners of this tournament include Bill Haas (2002), Camilo Villegas (2003) and Rickie Fowler (2007).

Unfortunately Nick did not have his best tournament this week, he tied for 60th and missed the cut.  He felt like he played much better than his score reflected although further analysis points to poor execution and too many mistakes on the golf course.  He has been working extremely hard physically but thinks perhaps his mental game needs a tweak.

Despite the result, Nick thoroughly enjoyed being part of the tournament.  He said Berkeley Hall is an absolutely amazing place and the players are treated so well.  His time at Berkeley Hall cemented how much he loves the game and how much he is willing to sacrifice in order to reach his potential.  The week was up there with one of the more frustrating ones golf wise but he still came off the course thinking that there is still no other place he would rather be.

The tournament was won by Cheng Jin on eight under.  Cheng Jin also won the Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Tournament in Hong Kong in 2015.

Berkeley Hall Club

Golf in its purest form awaits you at Berkeley Hall, the most distinguished private golf community in golf-rich Hilton Head area. Great golf is the very heart of Berkeley Hall. With no interior homes or roads, two Tom Fazio core golf courses meander through an open coastal landscape framed by seaside grasses. A round of golf feels like a walk in the park rather than a ride through the subdivision. Dramatic elevation changes, beautiful water features, and bold strategic bunkering showcase the designer’s artistry.

The North Course is a marvel of tranquil lakes, bold fairways, challenging bunkers and large contoured bentgrass greens. The combination of elevation changes, open vistas, native grasses, water features, and strategically placed bunkers give the North Course an unmatched beauty of its own.”The North Course at Berkeley Hall is one of the finest and most dramatic courses I have ever designed.” ~ Tom Fazio.

The South Course offers a classic parkland golf experience, with a canopy of mature forest and a backdrop of the meandering Okatie River. Tree-lined fairways, glistening lakes and boldly contoured green complexes create a dramatic and challenging Lowountry beauty. “We may have saved the best for last.” ~ Tom Fazio, on the South Course.


This blog was originally set up to share our 9 month adventure around Europe and the USA with friends and family in 2014. On returning to NZ in January 2015 I decided to carry it on so I could continue to share any future travel adventures - it has become my electronic travel diary. I hope you enjoy and get inspired to visit some of the wonderful places we have visited.
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