TPC Sawgrass - Players Stadium Course - hole 17th green
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TPC Sawgrass - Players Stadium Course - hole 17th green
The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. co-hosted the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 TPC Sawgrass Open, Jan. 16-17. Chris Condon/Getty Images
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 13th
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 13th
The Seaside golf course at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's Sea Island Amateur Jan. 30-31. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Wolf Course - 8th
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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Wolf Course - 8th
The three Pete Dye courses at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort host the Golf Channel Am Tour's Duel in the Desert 2016 Feb. 4-6. Courtesy of Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club -- a Mike Strantz design in Pawleys Island, S.C. -- co-hosts the Myrtle Beach Classic March 5-6. Courtesy of Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon - Legends Course - no. 17
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Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon - Legends Course - no. 17
The Legends Course at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Southern California Open March 5-6. Courtesy of Morongo G.C.
Horseshoe Bay Resort - Apple Rock golf course
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Horseshoe Bay Resort - Apple Rock golf course
Horseshoe Bay Resort's Apple Rock Course -- a Hill Country gem designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. -- co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's Texas Open at Horseshoe Bay March 19-20. Courtesy of Horseshoe Bay Resort
Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Ocean Course - no. 18
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Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Ocean Course - no. 18
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island will co-host the Golf Channel Am Tour's Kiawah Island Championship March 19-20 -- and the PGA Championship in 2021. Courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort
TPC Stadium golf course at PGA West - 3rd
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TPC Stadium golf course at PGA West - 3rd
The TPC Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. -- one of the most challenging in the world -- co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's Western Masters April 2-3. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Walt Disney World - Magnolia golf course - 12th
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Walt Disney World - Magnolia golf course - 12th
The Joe-Lee designed Magnolia golf course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. co-hosts the Disney Masters April 16-17. Courtesy of Disney
Kingsmill - River golf course
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Kingsmill - River golf course
The Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 TRUE linkswear Open at Kingsmill visits the River Course (shown here) and Plantation Course in Williamsburg, Va. April 16-17, 2016. Courtesy of Kingsmill Resort
Orange County National - Crooked Cat golf course - 11th
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Orange County National - Crooked Cat golf course - 11th
The Crooked Cat Course at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla. co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's Orange County Amateur April 30-May 1. Courtesy of Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge
WinStar Golf Course
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WinStar Golf Course
Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Red River Shootout visits WinStar Resort in Thackerville, Okla. April 30-May 1. Courtesy of WinStar G.C.
Chestnut Ridge - Tom's Run golf course
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Chestnut Ridge - Tom's Run golf course
The 2016 Chestnut Ridge Challenge comes to the Tom's Run Course at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center in Blairsville, Pa. May 14-15. Courtesy of Chestnut Ridge
Bayonet golf course - 9th hole
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Bayonet golf course - 9th hole
The Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif. co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Northern California Championship May 21-22. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Blackwolf Run - River golf course - 5th
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Blackwolf Run - River golf course - 5th
The River Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 TRUE linkswear Classic at Blackwolf Run May 21-22. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Tiburon Golf Club - Gold Course - 18th hole
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Tiburon Golf Club - Gold Course - 18th hole
The Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Tiburon Amateur comes to Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. May 21-22. Greg Norman designed both courses at Tiburon G.C. Courtesy of Tiburon G.C.
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course - 16th
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course - 16th
The Talon Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 TRUE Linkswear Desert Championship June 4-5. Courtesy of Lonna Tucker/Grayhawk G.C.
Hot Springs Country Club
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Hot Springs Country Club
Hot Springs Country Club hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Arkansas Championship at Hot Springs June 4-5. Courtesy of Hot Springs C.C.
GlenRiddle Golf Club - War Admiral Course
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GlenRiddle Golf Club - War Admiral Course
GlenRiddle Golf Club near Ocean City, Md. hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's War on the Shore June 4-5, 2016. Courtesy of GlenRiddle G.C.
World Golf Village
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World Golf Village
The two courses at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. host the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Hall of Fame Championship June 4-5. Courtesy of World Golf Village
Swan Lake Resort
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Swan Lake Resort
Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind. hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Heartland Open at Swan Lake June 25-26. Courtesy of Swan Lake Resort
Sandpiper Golf Club
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Sandpiper Golf Club
Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Western Invitational visits the William F. Bell-designed Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. June 25-26. Courtesy of Sandpiper G.C.
Sweetwater Country Club
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Sweetwater Country Club
The two courses at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas host the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 TRUE linkswear Houston Open June 25-26. Courtesy of Sweetwater C.C.
Chambers Bay golf course - 5th hole
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Chambers Bay golf course - 5th hole
On July 16-17, the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Pacific Northwest Championship comes to Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., host of the 2015 U.S. Open. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pinehurst No. 2 golf course - no. 1
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Pinehurst No. 2 golf course - no. 1
Pinehurst Resort's No. 4 Course and fabled No. 2 Course (shown here) host the 2016 TRUE linkswear Amateur at Pinehurst July 16-17. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turning Stone Resort - Kaluhyat golf course - 3rd green
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Turning Stone Resort - Kaluhyat golf course - 3rd green
The Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Turning Stone Classic @ Atunyote visits the Kaluhyat Course (shown here) and Atunyote Course at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. July 23-24. Courtesy of Turning Stone Resort
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Sun Mountain Course - hole 4
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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Sun Mountain Course - hole 4
From July 30-31, the Golf Channel Am Tour makes its second visit to Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort in 2016 for the Western Classic. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barton Creek - Crenshaw Cliffside golf course - 18th
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Barton Creek - Crenshaw Cliffside golf course - 18th
Barton Creek's Crenshaw Cliffside Course co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Texas Masters at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas July 30-31. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Resort - Red golf course - 14th
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Streamsong Resort - Red golf course - 14th
Streamsong's Red Course (shown here) and Blue Course co-host the 2016 Streamsong Amateur Aug. 6-7. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Copperhead golf course - Innisbrook Resort - Snake Pit
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Copperhead golf course - Innisbrook Resort - Snake Pit
One of the most popular stops on the PGA Tour, the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook near Tampa, Fla. co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 National Championship Sept. 13-16. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Innisbrook - Island golf course
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Innisbrook - Island golf course
The Island Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. co-hosts the Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Senior National Championship Sept. 19-22. Courtesy of Innisbrook

Golf Channel Am Tour's 2016 Major Championships head to top-flight courses from coast to coast

Each year the Golf Channel Am Tour offers competitors a tour-style experience on top-level courses throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The Am Tour's Major Championships are held on some of the the finest layouts nationwide. Host courses in 2016 include TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Chambers Bay, PGA West, Blackwolf Run, Horseshoe Bay, and more.

Remember, the Am Tour isn't just for scratch players. Golfers of all abilities are able to compete since there are 12 flights, including six senior flights. At each event, players are matched up with golfers of the same skill level. You don't even have to have a USGA Handicap Index. Click here for more information on how you can get involved.

Golf Channel Am Tour presented by Srixon: 2016 Major Championships

TPC Sawgrass Open in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Dates: Jan. 16-17
Host Courses: Players Stadium Course and Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass

Sea Island Amateur in Sea Island, Ga.

Dates: Jan. 30-31
Host Courses: Sea Island's Plantation Course and Seaside Course

Duel in the Desert 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dates: Feb. 4-6
Host Courses: Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Wolf Course, Snow Mountain Course and Sun Mountain Course

Myrtle Beach Classic in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Dates: March 5-6
Host Courses: Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Plantation

Southern California Open in Beaumont, Calif.

Dates: March 5-6
Host Courses: Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon's Champions Course and Legends Course

Texas Open at Horseshoe Bay in Horseshoe Bay, Texas

Dates: March 19-20, 2016
Host Courses: Horseshoe Bay's Ram Rock Course and Apple Rock Course

Kiawah Island Championship in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Dates: March 19-20, 2016
Host Courses: Kiawah Ocean Course and Osprey Point Course

Western Masters in La Quinta, Calif.

Dates: April 2-3
Host Courses: PGA West's TPC Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course

Disney Masters in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Dates: Apr 16-17
Host Courses: Disney Resort's Magnolia Course and Palm Course

TRUE linkswear Open at Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Va.

Dates: April 16-17
Host Courses: Kingsmill's River Course and Plantation Course

Orange County Amateur in Winter Garden, Fla.

Dates: April 30 - May 1
Host Courses: Orange County National's Panther Lake Course and Crooked Cat Course

Red River Shootout at WinStar Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

Dates: April 30 - May 1
Host Course: WinStar Golf Course's East/South Course

Chestnut Ridge Challenge in Blairsville, Pa.

Dates: May 14-15
Host Course: Tom's Run Course at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center

Dates: May 21-22
Host Courses: BlackHorse Course and Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

Dates: May 21-22
Host Courses: River Course and Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run

Tiburon Amateur in Naples, Fla.

Dates: May 21-22
Host Courses: Tiburon Golf Club's Gold Course and Black Course

Dates: June 4-5
Host Courses: Grayhawk Golf G.C.'s Raptor Course and Talon Course

Arkansas Championship at Hot Springs in Hot Springs, Ark.

Dates: June 4-5
Host Courses: Hot Springs Country Club's Arlington Course and Park Course

War on the Shore in Berlin, Md.

Dates: June 4-5
Host Courses: GlenRiddle's War Admiral Course and Man O War Course

Hall of Fame Championship in St. Augustine, Fla.

Dates: June 4-5
Host Courses: World Golf Village's King & Bear Course and Slammer & Squier Course

Heartland Open at Swan Lake in Plymouth, Ind.

Dates: June 25-26
Host Courses: Swan Lake Resort's Black Course and Silver Course

Western Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dates: June 25-26
Host Course: Sandpiper Golf Course

TRUE linkswear Houston Open in Sugar Land, Texas

Dates: June 25-26
Host Courses: Sweetwater Country Club's Pecan Course and Cypress Course

Pacific Northwest Championship in University Place, Wash.

Dates: July 16-17
Host Course: Chambers Bay

Dates: July 16-17
Host Courses: Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4

Dates: July 23-24
Host Courses: Turning Stone's Atunyote Course and Kaluhyat Course

Western Classic in Las Vegas

Dates: July 30-31
Host Courses: Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort's Sun Mountain Course and Wolf Course

Dates: July 30-31
Host Courses: Barton Creek Resort's Fazio Foothills Course and Crenshaw Cliffside Course

Streamsong Amateur in Streamsong, Fla.

Dates: Aug. 6-7
Host Courses: Streamsong's Blue Course and Red Course

2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Dates: Sept. 13-16
Host Courses: Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club's Copperhead Course, North Course and Island Course, and Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity, Fla.

2016 SENIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Dates: Sept. 19-22
Host Courses: Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club's Copperhead Course, North Course and Island Course, and Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity, Fla.

From March of 2005 until January of 2017, Mark Nessmith directed the TravelGolf Network's team from the company's European office in the Czech capital of Prague. Prior to taking the reins as editor, he was a communications program manager with The PGA of America in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He also has served as managing editor for The Prague Post, the leading English-language newspaper of the Czech Republic. Follow Mark on Twitter at @marknessmith.
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