What Is The NEXT Golf Tour?

The virtual NEXT Golf Tour aims to support up-and-coming pros, with purses of at least $100,000

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The NEXT Golf Tour is a brand new virtual tour launched in 2022 by the CEO and founder of Trackman Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen.

The inaugural season features six individual stroke play 18-hole events played on indoor Trackman simulators, with entry fees costing $130 and guaranteed purses of at least $100,000. The majority of the purse goes to the top 30% of finishers, with some of it reserved for allotted side games including cumulative nearest the pin, longest drive and most greens in regulation.

There's also a $15,000 first prize for the Order of Merit champion at the end of the season.

The new tour is available for all elite players, both men and women, and aims to help and develop "the dreamers, the grinders, the undiscovered talents who still carry their own bag and replace their own divots."

The NEXT Golf Tour's three main goals are to:

  • Provide elite players a new way to earn income and develop their brands as professional golfers
  • Create a tech-forward environment that encourages serious competition, entertainment and fan engagement
  • Serve as a supplement — not an alternative — to established pro golf tours

Golfer hits a shot in a trackman simulator

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All rounds must be completed in one session and also must be filmed and uploaded to the NEXT Golf Tour.

The debut season is up-and-running, with the events taking in: PGA West, Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, Medinah, The Concession, Adare Manor and a yet-to-be-announced course for the final event.

Denmark's Sofie Kibsgaard, who plays for the University of Oregon Women's Golf team, became the first female winner in event three at Medinah, where her five-under-par 67 won her $19,351. She was the third-consecutive Danish winner in the inaugural season of the NEXT Golf Tour.

During tournament play, the setups for each virtual course, including green speeds, hole locations and wind settings, are the same for all golfers. Men and women compete from different tee boxes.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5