What are the Top Four-Ball Golf Tournaments in the USA?
14 Mar 2015
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

Four Ball competition has always been popular. The recent economic cycle -- which has forced many competitive golfers to "pick and choose" the events they play in every year -- has only driven home the fact that playing a tournament with a friend is in many ways better than going it alone. After all, no matter what you shoot, spending time with a friend (or relative) will never be looked at as time wasted. And if you can get in the running or win, you'll have memories to talk about forever. Starting this year, the USGA has given further validation to the concept by launching the U.S. Men's and Women's Four Ball.

Here is a look at ten of the best. If you're wondering about Women's Four-Ball events, click here to view a story about the top three including the Women's International Four Ball, and the new U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball. Click on the tournament name for more information.

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Champions Cup Invitational
Champions Golf Club
Houston, TX
Apr 30, 2015 - May 03, 2015
Champions Golf Club, built by Jackie Burke and the late Jimmy Demaret is one of the purest golf experiences in Texas, if not the U.S. The Champions Cup draws a top national field. (Mid- Am and Senior)
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
The Olympic Club - Lake Course
San Francisco, CA
May 2, 2015 - May 06, 2015
What better place for the first USGA Men's Four Ball than San Francisco's Olympic Club? Olympic has held five U.S. Opens, two U.S. Amateurs, and countless other events.
The National Invitational
Whisper Rock Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ
May 14, 2015 - May 16, 2015
The National Invitational at Whisper Rock is a coveted invitation. The host club counts a number of PGA Tour players including Phil Mickelson (and his caddie) as members. And they all pay monthly dues.
Olympia Fields Four-Ball
Olympia Fields Country Club
Olympia Fields, IL
May 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015
In 2015, Olympia Fields hosts the U.S. Amateur. Their two courses promise to be in excellent shape for their annual Four Ball -- but bring your A game! (Mid-Am, Senior)
Anderson Memorial
Winged Foot Golf Club
Mamaroneck, NY
Jun 04, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
It's hard to argue with the Anderson being the top four ball event in the U.S. year in and year out. The host club, like Olympia Fields, is steeped in U.S. Open history.
Baltusrol Invitational
Baltusrol Golf Club
Springfield, NJ
Jul 16, 2015 - Jul 17, 2015
We're not sure how to get on the list for the Baltusrol Invitational, but if an invitation arrives in your mail box you should grab a partner and make your way to New Jersey.
The Devlin
Secession Golf Club
Beaufort, SC
Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015
When the Devlin moved from Texas to South Carolina, it found a permanent home at a club that designer Bruce Devlin is a big part of. The weekend is so full of fun activities that there is no need to leave the club. (Mid-Am, Senior)
Trans- Mississippi Four-Ball
The Honors Course
Ooltewah, TN
Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 17, 2015
The Trans-Miss G.A. includes some of the top clubs in the U.S. They secure the best venues; the Honors Course certainly fits the bill. Trans-Miss events benefit their Turf Scholarship Fund. We like that! (Mid-Am, Senior)
John R. Williams Four-Ball
Oak Hill Country Club
Rochester, NY
Sep 17, 2015 - Sep 19, 2015
The John R. Williams celebrates the Oak Hill member who is responsible for the beautiful trees that line the fairways of this historic club. (Mid-Am/Senior).

Editor's Note: We have left off several excellent Winter events because we wanted to focus on upcoming tournaments. Click the following link to view the complete list of Four-Balls listed on " The Majors of Amateur Golf."

And we wouldn't be doing ourselves justice if we didn't mention The Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes, being played April 30 - May 4, 2015. We love bringing a group to Bandon every year, and we run this event at a level that is commensurate with any of the top invitational Four-Ball events or Member-Guests you might have played in. Scratch, Senior Scratch, and Net Divisions all have openings as of early February; we can continue accepting registrations until March 1st. Call us at 760-929-9297 or check out the tournament listing here for more information.

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