Annual Friendship Cup
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10th Annual Friendship Cup

Friendship Cup

"Golf's Fifth Major"
March 10 - 13, 2016

Now in its 10th year, a two-man tournament for male amateur players. The Friendship Cup is contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championship, and the Tom Fazio designed Osprey Point Golf Course.

It's year ten so expect big things! Thursday night begins with a culinary experience dinner honoring our past champions and the 2015 Friendship Cup and Pub Cup champions.

We will split the field due to the number of teams, so half with play Osprey Point on Friday and the others will play The Ocean Course. Shotgun start and team net best ball format.

Friday night will be a relaxing and very casual Lowcountry oyster roast and BBQ at Mingo Point overlooking the Kiawah River. Enjoy fantastic food and music while making new "friends" and reconnecting with old ones.

The tournament continues Saturday as teams play round two on their respective courses. We will celebrate together in the Grand Oaks Ballroom on Saturday night and award the winning teams. The top ten net teams will win fantastic trips. Prizes will also be awarded to the top Gross Team, Gross Individual, Net Individual and top Senior Division net team. The nightly hospitality suite and many more contests and prizes keep the weekend very exciting!

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Package includes:

  • Daily Breakfast (Friday and Saturday)
  • Thursday Night - Dinner for ALL attendees honoring our Past Champions (includes full bar)
  • Friday Night - Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ (includes full bar)
  • Saturday Night - Awards Dinner and Reception (includes full bar)
  • Hospitality room for three nights
  • Two golf rounds (One on The Ocean Course)
  • Two boxed lunches while golfing and sponsored alcohol on course
  • Tournament gift bag

Package price for resort guests is $1,218 without accommodations. Add your lodging choice to create your perfect package. Discounted package pricing at The Sanctuary Hotel for a Garden view guest room is $305 per night plus 12.5% sales tax. Should you wish to guarantee a specific room type or upgraded option such as a specific view, suite or club level, you will receive 20% Off the best available rate. Attendees will also receive 20% Off villa and home rentals and 10% Off spa treatments.

Day Pass is $1,462 for non-resort guests (Governor's Club members are eligible for resort guest package price.)

For more information or to book your package, please call (800) 654-2924.

Deposit is $600 for resort guests due at time of booking. Full payment is due at check out. If cancelled within 45 days of arrival, you will lose the full value of the event package ($1,218 for guests) plus one night accommodation and tax. Deposit is $1,462 for non-resort guests ($1,218 for Governor's Club members). If cancelled within 45 days of arrival, you will lose the full deposit.


Dear Friendship Cup Participants,

It's hard to believe that the 2016 Friendship Cup — "Golf's Fifth Major" - is in its 10th year. Thanks to all of you who have supported the tournament and helped spread the word about the event to friends and fellow golfers.

Our goal has always been to create and provide the ultimate environment to enjoy time with good friends and make new ones as well. We also strive to provide numerous categories in which participants can win great prizes to encourage the competitive nature of the tournament. It's most important that each and every participant has an equally fair chance to contend for the trophies and valuable vacation packages. In an effort to keep the competition at a high level of integrity, we will be implementing the following for the 2016 Friendship Cup.


Each player must have a valid, verifiable USGA handicap to participate in the net competition. The handicap used for the 2016 Friendship Cup will be based on the March 1, 2016 revision. Any players without a verifiable USGA handicap on March 1 WILL PLAY AS SCRATCH.

The committee reserves the right to adjust course handicaps prior to the start of the event and/or during the event. This adjustment may be based on past year's Friendship Cup performance combined with handicap posting history and the USGA table of exceptional tournament score probability as well as other factors. Any player with an adjusted handicap will be notified by the committee and has the right to appeal to the committee.


We will return to using scorecards to record tournament scores and each team will be responsible for keeping their fellow competitors scores and verifying accuracy. Each team will be requested to protect the field by ensuring that tournament rules are followed (i.e.; no gimmes, playing the ball as it lies, etc.).


Pairing will be made at the discretion of the tournament committee.

Team Names

We will continue with team names. The committee will not allow any team name that it deems to be offensive to our resort guests.

Dress Code

We encourage team uniforms as long as they conform to the resort's standard requirements and remain tasteful. Denim of any kind, shorts more than 5" above the knee, bathing suits and athletic style shorts, and shirts without sleeves and collars are considered unacceptable.