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Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island, United States
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Holes

18

Par

72

Architect

Pete Dye

Built

1991

Type

Links Course

Pete Dye created the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, and it's a doozey. Fortunately the stunning seaside vistas help to distract most players from the punishment that Dye's design metes out, as does the knowledgeable and reassuring staff. Some will recall the 1991 Ryder Cup here, when no one was immune to the incessant breezes. The front nine features tight fairways lined with bunkering; the back offers more of a links-like experience with ample fairways and greens defended by more bunkers. The most memorable hole is the watery par 3 17th. The layout is not really walkable owing to the distances between the clubhouse and the 1st and between the two nines, though renovations in the early 2000s made it so that the 18th winds up at the clubhouse. When planning a trip here be sure to allow for the considerable time it takes to get to the clubhouse from the entry gate.
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Kent Eriksson
Oitavos Dunes
7 Hcp 5 courses played
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This is a fantastic and truly great golf course. Pete Dye designed a sea side masterpiece for 1991 Ryder Cup but it doesn't play exactly like a British Links course because of the grasses used. The layout is varied, very challenging and interesting. You see the ocean from every hole. The course is very difficult and has the highest slope rating of all courses in the US. Most often the landing areas for the tee shots are generous. However, the holes tend to get a lot tighter as You get closer to the greens. Most greens are elevated and hence not easy to hit. And when You miss them, the scramble shots are difficult. The signature hole has to be the very tough par 3 17th hole which is 221 yards from the black tee (165 yards from the regular men's tee) over water all the way to a tiny little green. The unassuming clubhouse is very comfortable and the food there is very good. The customer service is impeccable. We rented a beach villa, that was very comfortable, through the The Kiawah Island Resort. You can also choose to stay at their hotel called The Sanctuary. This hotel has two excellent restaurants. All in all, Kiawah Island and the Ocean Course are first class throughout.
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Florian Pichler
Golfclub Montfort Rankweil
12 Hcp 21 courses played
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The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island was certainly in my bucket list. We booked a package at the Kiawah Island Resort which included acommodation plus a greenfee at any of their courses. The total package was actually cheaper than the greenfee of the Ocean Course alone. So we had a pretty good deal I'd say! The Ocean Course is considered to be a very tough golf course. I was adviced to bring enough balls. But to my surprise the fairways had plenty of width and I left the course with more balls than I had on the 1st tee. But beware of gators if you enter the marsh! :-) Another fun fact about the course is, that there aren't any bunkers at the Ocean Course. While there is plenty of sand to be found, they all play as waste areas and there are no rakes to be found. The most challenging part of the course were the raised greens. The approach shots into the greens were very challenging. I liked the short par 4 3rd hole on the front nine the most. The hole wasn't driveable for me but it was still an interesting hole with lots of trouble around the green. On the back nine I enjoyed the last 4 holes of the course the most. They all play close to the ocean and the beach is in play on 3 of the 4 holes. The clubhouse is also a nice view to look at. The signature hole, the par 3 17th hole played brutally tough into the wind that day. I wasn't too angry about my bogey there. And be prepared to have a few people watching you in the clubhouse on the 18th hole. A good finisher hole on a great course!
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Kevin Runion
3 Hcp 2 courses played
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Ryder Cup, PGA Championship this course has seen the best come and go....I was amped up the first time I played her. With light winds she didn't impose her full fury and I was able to score an 81 from the tips..... the highlight being a 5 wood from 230 on number 17 to within 10 feet... If you play a lot of Pete Dye courses ( I have) you can see what he and Alice give you to work with. 2nd play was with 20 mph winds.....a WHOLE different story difficult by a factor of 10... when you turn and head back into the clubhouse it is demanding to stay in the fairways...much less hitting greens. I highly recommend any true golf addict play this course and all others on the island
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