Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin announced for 2021
MIRAMAR BEACH, Florida – In partnership with Global Golf Management, the Korn Ferry Tour announced today a new tournament to debut on the Tour’s annual schedule starting in 2021. The Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin will be contested at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Raven Golf Club the week of March 29 – April 4, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A three-year agreement is in place through 2023.
“Sandestin Resort is truly a remarkable location for professional golf, and we are eager to bring the Emerald Coast Classic to this community,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “We have vibrant partners with great track records of building spectacular events, and we are confident that the future stars of the PGA TOUR will enjoy competing in this region.”
The tournament will be managed by Global Golf Management, which currently manages three Korn Ferry Tour events. Founded in 1989, Global Golf Management has successfully staged more than 1,000 events on five continents and currently provides consultation, management, and tournament operations service for over 40 professional golf events across the globe.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Korn Ferry Tour and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort as we look to build one of the Tour’s premier events,” said Global Golf Management President Mike Harmon. “The Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin will deliver exciting drama with the future stars of the PGA TOUR competing in Northwest Florida. With today’s announcement, we’ll have the ability to further our efforts of creating a year-round community impact in the Destin area.”
The Raven Golf Club at Sandestin is a classic Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that offers players a true traditional golf experience. The par-71 layout, carved through the marshes and pine trees of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, provides a myriad of exciting shot options. The beautiful natural setting of the Emerald Coast has drawn golfers to the region for decades. Prior to hosting the Korn Ferry Tour, the Raven Golf Club hosted the PGA TOUR Champions Boeing Championship at Sandestin in 2006 and 2007.
“Since the Raven Golf Course hosted the Boeing Championship in 2006 and 2007, we knew we wanted the PGA TOUR back for another event” said Rick Hileman, PGA Executive Director of Golf Operations at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. “It has taken commitment and resolve from both parties to be here today, announcing the collaboration of the Korn Ferry Tour and the Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin. This is a big win for not only the resort but our Sandestin community and Walton County as a whole. We are excited to once again partner with the PGA TOUR to bring what is sure to be a great event.”
With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season (since 2013), the Korn Ferry Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season has been combined with the 2021 season, postponing PGA TOUR promotion until the end of the 2021 season.
During the PGA TOUR’s 2019-20 season, players from the Korn Ferry Tour’s Class of 2019 experienced great success on the PGA TOUR. Lanto Griffin earned his inaugural TOUR victory at the Vivint Houston Open, while Viktor Hovland won his first title at the Puerto Rico Open. Scottie Scheffler, who took home Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year honors in 2019, finished the season ranked fifth in the FedExCup and won PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.
For more information on the Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin, including pro-am and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.emeraldcoastclassicsandestin.com.
About Korn Ferry Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 31st year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. More than three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 550 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).
About Global Golf Management
Global Golf Management is a worldwide sports event management company. With headquarters in Chicago, GGM has successfully staged nearly 1,000 events on five continents since its inception in 1989, including major championships on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS and LPGA Tour, as well as the Olympic Golf competition. GGM specializes in professional golf tournament production, customized events, and consulting. For more information, visit www.GlobalGolfManagement.com or www.twitter.com/GlobalGolfMgmt.
About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, is a major destination for all ages and all seasons. The resort invites guests to experience 2,400 acres with 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 vacation rentals including condominiums, villas, homes, and townhomes. The resort features more than 7 miles of beaches and pristine bay front, 4 championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 20 swimming pools, a 123-slip marina, a fitness center and spa. Shop, dine, and play at the charming pedestrian village, The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Up-and-coming developments, including the Hotel Effie Sandestin, a 250-room hotel, opening 2.1.21 and Osprey Pointe which opened in the summer of 2020 adding an additional 77 vacation condominiums, in the heart of the resort.