The largest international tournament series for amateur golfers.

Every one of the 100,000 amateur golfers who tee off around the world in the BMW Golf Cup International have this magnificent opportunity in mind: qualification for the World Final, to which the BMW has invited the top performers from each country since 1995. A unique event, which far eclipses the standards of an everyday amateur competition. Together with their companions, the participants from roughly 50 countries are treated to an international, professional-standard tournament on breath-taking golf courses, fascinating evening and off-course events, and friendly encounters with golf fans from around the planet. The international highlight is just one of many reasons behind the unbowed popularity of this series of tournaments. Just like professional BMW tournaments, the national qualification tournaments feature precisely the same charm and class, for which BMW has been renowned as a global golf partner for decades.

The history of the BMW Golf Cup International

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The foundations for the BMW Golf Cup International were laid in England in 1982: BMW organised the BMW Invitation Tournament for the first time. Amateurs were invited by various BMW dealers and played six regional tournaments, which were followed by the final at the famous Belfry golf course just outside Birmingham.

In 1992 the BMW Invitation Tournament was integrated in the BMW Golf Cup International. This had been founded five years earlier, but was only played in the home of BMW, Germany. Three years later the competition had flourished to such an extent that the World Final celebrated its premiere in Portugal.

Today, 30 years later, it is clear to see how this tournament series has developed. In Germany alone, more than 10,000 golfers compete in the qualification tournaments for the World Final. Roughly 100,000 amateur golfers from about 50 countries compete around the world.


  • 2014


    Sydney – the largest city in Australia, with its world-famous Opera House, over 70 beaches in the city region, and countless attractions – is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre is the New South Wales Golf Club. Arnold Palmer said of this links course, designed by Dr Alister Mackenzie: "This is one of the best golf courses I have ever seen."

  • 2013


    Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands, is a tourist paradise – and the home of the Blue Canyon Country Club. The specialist international golfing press regard the facility as one of the most attractive golfing resorts in Asia. Framed by the majestic Phang Nga mountains and the Andaman Sea, the facility boasts two award-winning golf courses ("The Canyon" and "The Lakes") and a stylish spa resort.

  • 2012

    South Africa.

    South Africa is a dream tourist destination, and not only for golfers. One of the most beautiful regions in the country is along the Garden Route on the Western Cape. Here, located between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, are George and the one of the top golf resorts in South Africa: the 620-hectare Fancourt resort. Fancourt boasts three Gary Player-designed championship courses, each of which is a jewel in its own right.

  • 2011


    Since gaining independence in 1965, the city state of Singapore has developed into an international metropolis – yet it has still retained all of its Asian charm. The exclusive Sentosa Golf Club boasts two of the most demanding and attractive golf courses in the region: the Serapong Course and the Tanjong Course, to which the South China Sea provides the breath-taking backdrop.

  • 2008


    Buenos Aires, the dazzling Argentinean metropolis and global tango capital, is the home of the most renowned golf club in South America: the Jockey Club. Golf course architect Alister Mackenzie designed two fantastic 18-hole courses – the "Colorada" (red) and "Azul" (blue) – for the facility in the bustling port.


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The tournament series is open to golfers who are members of an internationally recognised national association through their golf club. The tournament is divided into three handicap classes: Men A (up to handicap 12), Men B (handicap 13 to 28), Ladies (up to handicap 28). Each nation determines a winner in each category at qualification tournaments in the respective home countries, organised by BMW Dealerships. The number and format of these qualification tournaments can vary in the individual countries. However, one aspect remains the same in all participating nations: the victorious trio travels to the World Final, which is played at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Past Winners of the National Competition
Season Winners Golf Club (Venue)
Host Country
2016 Thailand Emirates Golf Club UAE
2015 Taiwan Fancourt Golf Resort South Africa
2014 China New South Wales Golf Club Australia
2013 South Africa Blue Canyon Country Club Thailand
2012 South Africa Fancourt Golf Resort South Africa
2011 Malaysia Sentosa Golf Club Singapore
2010 Malaysia Blue Canyon Country Club Thailand
2009 Malaysia Fancourt Golf Resort South Africa
2008 Mexico Jockey Club Argentina
2007 Austria
New South Wales Golf Club Australia
2006 Canada Fancourt Golf Resort South Africa
2005 South Korea Blue Canyon Country Club Thailand
2004 Canada New South Wales Golf Club Australia
2003 Canada Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort Portugal
2002 Philippines Eldorado Golf & Beach Club Mexico
2001 South Korea Blue Canyon Country Club Thailand
2000 Canada Fancourt Golf Resort South Africa