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Kiawah Island Golf Course

Kiawah Island golf course

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a luxurious piece of property located in South Carolina just south of Charleston that was opened in the year of 1976. It has a total of five beautiful courses; namely Cougar Point, Oak Point, Osprey Point, Turtle Point, and last but certainly not least, the championship Ocean Drive course. The latter is the star course of the resort and rightly so having hosted the ’91 Ryder Course (the same year the course opened), ’97 World Cup of Golf, the world’s first ever UBS Cup in 2001, the World Golf Championships World Cup in 2003, and most recently the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship.

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history of the course

This regal course is really just unbelievable. It has the highest number of seaside holes in the entire northern hemisphere, and some of the strongest winds outside the United Kingdom and Scotland. There are a total of 10 holes played right beside the sea and the remaining 8 play right alongside those. 

Husband and wife power design team Pete and Alice Dye under took the challenge of mastering the intense and beautiful elements to create one magnificent course, although, it really is more like two course in one; one for the easterly and westerly winds. Alice decided that raising the entire course would be the best way to go to ensure that nothing obstructed a panoramic ocean view at every, single hole. Thanks to her insight and Pete’s ingenious overall designs the world now has one of the most mesmerisingly beautiful and challenging courses ever. 

golf holes at kiawah island golf course

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From the very first hole you’re introduced to one of the famous waste bunkers you find at Ocean Drive. It follows right along the right of the hole and should you shoot too far right, you’re in for quite the struggle. On the 2nd hole you’re facing a difficult par 5 but what has caught the attention of most golfers is the gorgeous view that temporarily transports you to the low grasslands of the Savannah. This is the hole that is farthest from the ocean on this course and doglegs left right around a salt marsh. You have two options to the green, one is over a large bunker and the other would be to layup. 

From the 13th tee you’ll need to carry well over the marsh and you have the opportunity to shorten the hole depending on how long you want to go and how powerful the winds are. As you approach the green you want to avoid the canal on the right and bunker on the left, not to mention the putting surface is rather small so take care with that as well. This was hands down, the toughest hole of the course on the PGA Tour resulting in more double bogies than birdies. 

The 17th is the signature hole here and also one of the most difficult. There’s a forced carry over a large water hazard that is frighteningly long, for those that do not trust their long shots there is a bailout to the left to try your short game, this I also another birdie opportunity that could just as easily end in a bogey.
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golf tips for kiawah island course

Those were just a few of the holes to offer a taste of what this course offers. It’s common opinion that the back nine are the best holes of the course, but in Dye’s defense, only marginally so. Every single hole is meticulously planned and executed in a stunning fashion that you’ll have to see to truly understand."

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