ORLANDO, Fla. – Congaree Golf Club, located in Ridgeland, S.C., will host the 29th Arnold Palmer Cup matches in 2025. The Ryder Cup-style competition, which features men’s and women’s collegiate golfers from the United States versus their International counterparts, will be played June 6-8. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its 50-plus year relationship through its support of the matches.
“We are delighted to partner with Congaree Golf Club for the 2025 Arnold Palmer Cup, continuing a tradition of exceptional men’s and women’s collegiate golf at iconic venues,” said Ken Boehner, Chairman and President of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation. “Our broader partnership with Congaree and the Congaree Foundation will make 2025 a particularly impactful Palmer Cup and help us to share the Palmer legacy with the future leaders of men’s and women’s golf.”
A Tom Fazio design, Congaree Golf Club is located about 30 minutes north of Savannah, Ga., and opened in 2018. The club, which ranks No. 42 in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, hosted the PGA TOUR’s THE CJ CUP in October 2022, won by Rory McIlroy, as well as the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in June 2021, won by Garrick Higgo.
The 2025 Palmer Cup will begin a new partnership between the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation and Congaree Foundation that will advance their shared commitment to positively impact the lives of youth through character development, educational opportunities, and growth of the game of golf at the amateur and collegiate levels. The Palmer Foundation will support Congaree Foundation’s philanthropic efforts, including the Congaree Global Golf Initiative (CGGI), financially, programmatically, and through industry partnerships. CGGI, Congaree Foundation’s signature program, provides underserved and well-deserving high school students in the U.S. and globally who aspire to play collegiate golf access to the highest level of athletic coaching and academic tools to help them thrive in high school and college. The program, which is offered at no cost to participants, has helped youth golfers from 31 countries earn millions of dollars in scholarship funding and compete collegiately at over 50 schools in the U.S. since its inception.
The Palmer Foundation will also serve as a Nominating Partner for CGGI to identify and recommend future participants and will attend CGGI sessions at Congaree Golf Club and in the U.K. each summer to share the Palmer legacy. Additionally, the Palmer Foundation will endow a $100,000 scholarship for graduates of CGGI planning to enter a four-year university to play golf or study a golf-related field, such as agronomy or golf management, with plans to grow the endowment to $1 million by 2030. The partnership will also allow Congaree Foundation to provide a large and diverse pool of current and former CGGI students access to internship and employment opportunities with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club, Latrobe Country Club, and the Palmer Foundation.
For more information, visit arnoldpalmercup.com.
About the Arnold Palmer Cup
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla., in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses, including The Old Course at St. Andrews, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. Beginning with the 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club, the Palmer Cup is the only major tournament that features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Since its inception, over 245 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on the PGA, DP World, or LPGA Tours; 44 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, or Solheim Cup and more than 90 have claimed over 415 victories on the PGA, DP World, or LPGA Tours, including 2023 major champions Jon Rahm (Masters Tournament), Lilia Vu (The Chevron Championship & AIG Women’s Open), Wyndham Clark (U.S. Open), Allisen Corpuz (U.S. Women’s Open), and Brian Harman (The Open), as well as 2023 FedEx Cup champion Viktor Hovland. The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 14-12-1.
The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation supports the Palmer Cup, which provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth character development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf. For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.
About the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation
The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation continues the Palmer family’s mission to champion youth health and development. By continuing their efforts to ensure every child gets the opportunity to live a life well played — through support for nature-focused well-being and character development through golf — the foundation is committed to keeping the Palmer legacy at the forefront of the global conversation of golf and society at large. Learn more at PalmerFoundation.org.
Rolex and the Arnold Palmer Cup
Through an unwavering commitment to the game of golf for more than 50 years, Rolex has developed one of the broadest and longest-standing relationships between brand and sport. These strong ties date back to 1967 when Rolex partnered with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, making him the first official Rolex Golf Testimonee. The charismatic American holds a special place in golf history thanks as much to his natural talent and successful playing career as to his pioneering role in the sport. Since that pivotal bond began, Rolex has gone on to establish partnerships at every level of the sport, including with the governing bodies responsible for advancing the sport and with the finest players, from The Big Three to the New Guard who lead today’s rankings. The decision to partner with the Arnold Palmer Cup was thus a natural progression for the Swiss watchmaker and a tribute to Arnold Palmer’s inspiring legacy.
Rolex is an integrated and independent Swiss watch manufacturer. Headquartered in Geneva, the brand is recognized around the world for its expertise and the quality of its products – symbols of excellence, elegance, and prestige. The movements of its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches are certified by COSC, then tested in-house for their precision, performance and reliability. The Superlative Chronometer certification, symbolized by the green seal, confirms that each watch has successfully undergone tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These are periodically validated by an independent external organization.
The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster watch. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. In the course of its history. Rolex has registered over 500 patents. At its four sites in Switzerland, the brand designs, develops, and produces the majority of its watch components, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly, and finishing of the movement, case, dial, and bracelet. Furthermore, the brand is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport, and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.
The exclusive footwear, apparel, headwear, and glove supplier of the Arnold Palmer Cup, our mission is what drives us to do everything possible to expand human potential. We do that by creating groundbreaking sport innovations, by making our products more sustainably, by building a creative and diverse global team, and by making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.