The Rose Festival golf tournament made its triumphant return to the schedule of events last year with a pared down event that featured four-person teams playing captain’s choice. This year’s tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Hillcrest Golf Course.


The City of Orangeburg-operated Hillcrest Golf Club is home to the Festival of Roses Golf Tournament. The 18-hole championship course was designed and constructed by Russell Breeden and opened 50 years ago in September 1973. The par-72 course measures 6,722 yards in length.

Before last year, the last tournament was played in 2018 as a two-day singles event. Hillcrest manager Gregg Funderburk said the tournament has been an essential part of the annual Rose Festival celebration since its inception.

“It means a lot to the local folks in the community,” Funderburk said. “We didn’t have a lot of time to advertise last year, but we’re hoping to build (the tournament) up to where we were (prior to COVID).”

Funderburk said he hopes to have 20 teams in this year’s event which is once again a four-person captain’s choice format. As of Tuesday, he said he had four spots remaining and a lot of people showing interest.

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“We’re looking to generate some excitement,” Funderburk said. “Last year’s event was a close one with the first-place team winning by one shot.”

Funderburk said breakfast and lunch will be provided for the teams and there are still opportunities to sponsor a hole. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Hillcrest Golf Course; price is $200 per team. For more information on registering a team or sponsorship you can call the club at 803-533-6030 or Marty Kinard at Orangeburg Parks and Recreation at 803-533-6020.

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