KIAWAH ISLAND OCEAN COURSE
KIAWAH ISLAND OCEAN COURSE IS ATLANTIC GEM
By Ken Liebeskind
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston features five spectacular golf courses, including the Ocean course, a 7,937 yard monster with wind whipping off the Atlantic Ocean that makes it one of the most difficult courses in the country. It's not just the wind but the numerous dunes, marshes and sand bunkers on Pete Dye's superb design that make the course so difficult.
If you play the Kiawah Island Ocean course, you'll play the course that hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and is the scheduled site for the 2012 PGA Championship.
The Kiawah Island Ocean course is a links design with water water everywhere. The course runs along two and a half miles of the Atlantic Ocean with 10 holes directly on the sea and the other eight winding through surrounding marshes and dunes.
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There are 16 water hazards on the Kiawah Island Ocean course that combine with the sand dunes and the fierce winds to make the course super challenging. You can expect up to an 8 club difference from one round to the next based on the wind conditions.
The longest hole on the Kiawah Island Ocean course is the 579 yard 16th that requires the player to carry the drive over a pond to reach the severely sloped fairway.
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