13th Annual Friendship Cup

Friendship Cup

“Golf’s Fifth Major”
February 28 – March 3, 2019

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.

Thursday night begins with a culinary experience dinner honoring our past champions and the 2018 Friendship Cup and Pub Cup champions.

The field is split due to the number of teams, to create a better playing experience, so half will play Osprey Point on Friday and the others will play The Ocean Course. Shotgun start and team net best ball format. (See more about rules on KiawahResort.com) 

Friday night attendees enjoy 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 (both team members 55 and up).

The nightly hospitality suite and many more contests and prizes keep the weekend very exciting!

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 for all attendees (includes full bar)
  • Saturday Night – Awards Dinner and Reception for all attendees (includes full bar)
  • Hospitality room for three nights (includes full bar for 2 hours + beer and wine for 1 hour)
  • Two golf rounds (One on The Ocean Course)
  • Two boxed lunches while golfing and sponsored alcohol on course
  • Tournament gift bag + amenity package valued at $500

Pricing and other details:

At this time, we are not accepting registrations from non-Kiawah Island Golf Resort guests, unless you are a past attendee. First time participants must be staying through KIGR at The Sanctuary or in one of the villas and homes we manage in order to register.

Package price for resort guests and Governor’s Club members is $1,499 per person without accommodations. At this time, we are not accepting registrations from non-Kiawah Island Golf Resort guests.

Accommodation options are as follows:

Discounted package pricing at The Sanctuary Hotel starts from $310 per night plus 13% sales tax for a Garden View guest room with a King or 2 Queens. You will also receive 20% off villa and home rentals.
Garden View $310 | Dunes View $340 | Ocean View $380 | Premier Ocean View $410.

$670 Non-Golf Guest Pass includes breakfast (Friday & Saturday), dinner and hospitality suite nightly, and gift bag.

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

Book online here.

Deposit is $600 for resort guests ($1,499 for Governor’s Club members) 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 ($1,499) plus one night accommodation and tax.


Dear Friendship Cup Participants,

It’s hard to believe that the Friendship Cup – “Golf’s Fifth Major” – is in its 13th 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, the following guidelines apply to the 2019 Friendship Cup.


Each player must have a valid, verifiable USGA handicap to participate in the net competition. The handicap used for the 2019 Friendship Cup will be based on the February 15th, 2019 revision. Any players without a verifiable USGA handicap on February 15th 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.


Paper scorecards to record tournament scores will be the official score card. 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 as noted on the official rules sheet to each course (i.e.; no gimmies, playing the ball as it lies, etc.)


Pairings 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.

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.