Relax and Compete: 5 destination events for all skill levels
The recent news from the USGA regarding the newly-instituted National Four-Ball Championships have certainly started a buzz throughout the amateur golf community. The team format is a popular one with Four-Ball events being among the most highly-anticipated events on state and regional golf association schedules each year. But the handicap requirements of such better ball events might not keep the majority of amateur golfers in mind. Still, there are plenty of events across the country --- and beyond --- that cater to golfers of all skill levels. Here are five team events to keep in mind when planning your next golf getaway:

amateurgolf.com Bandon Dunes Two-Man Links Championship : Scheduled for May 4-7, 2014, the Two-Man Links Championship is the highlight of the amateurgolf.com Tour schedule. There are three divisions (scratch, senior scratch and net) and the event is held at one of the most beautiful resorts anywhere.

Scottsdale Open: Head to Scottsdale and three of the top courses in the Phoenix/Scottsdale region for the two-man better ball event. Players get a taste of the PGA Tour's Waste Management Open with a round at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. The other rounds are played at Grayhawk's Raptor Course and the Monument Course at Troon North. Dates for 2014 have yet to be finalized.

Jamaica Pro-Am: Represent your club and play for prizes at 'Annie's Revenge'. Played at two of Jamaica's premier courses, The White Witch and Cinnamon Hill, the Jamaica Pro-Am is equal parts vacation and competitive golf. With a variety of formats, and a variety of cocktails and Jamaican delicacies to enjoy, the Nov. 20-24 event is a must play.

Pine Needles Invitational: Head to one of the most historic areas in golf, the Southern Pines/Pinehurst are of North Carolina for the 54-hole four-ball stroke-play event. The event is held at the historic Donald Ross original Pine Needles. While you're there, visit the newly- renovated sister course, Mid-Pines, and take the short trek to Pinehurst Resort. Dates for the 2014 event have not been finalized.

Bermuda Grand Slam Am: Play, stay and party like the pros. The Grand Slam Am event takes place during the PGA Tour's Grand Slam of Golf. Attendees get to stay at one of Bermuda's top resorts, participate in the Grand Slam Am event and take in the action as four of the PGA's best player battle for the Grand Slam of Golf title. Oh, did we mention that the final round is played at the prestigious Port Royal Golf Club, host of the Grand Slam of Golf?

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