Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.jpg
Club information
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is located in the United States
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Location in the United States
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is located in South Carolina
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Location in South Carolina
Coordinates32°36′34″N 80°05′52″W / 32.60944°N 80.09778°W / 32.60944; -80.09778Coordinates: 32°36′34″N 80°05′52″W / 32.60944°N 80.09778°W / 32.60944; -80.09778
LocationKiawah Island, South Carolina, U.S.
Established1974; 47 years ago (1974)
TypeResort
Owned byCCA Financial[1]
Total holes90
Tournaments hosted
Websitekiawahresort.com
Ocean Course
Designed byPete Dye & Alice Dye
Par72
Length7,876 yards (7,202 m)
Course rating79.1
Slope rating155 [2]
Turtle Point
Designed byJack Nicklaus
Par72
Length6,911 yards (6,319 m)
Course rating73
Slope rating134
Osprey Point
Designed byTom Fazio
Par72
Length6,902 yards (6,311 m)
Course rating72.8
Slope rating135
Oak Point
Designed byClyde Johnston
Par72
Length6,701 yards (6,127 m)
Course rating71.9
Slope rating130
Cougar Point
Designed byGary Player redesigned
Par72
Length6,814 yards (6,231 m)
Course rating72.7
Slope rating134

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina that is located along a ten-mile (16 km) mix of inland and beachfront property approximately thirty miles (50 km) southwest of Charleston. Opened in May 1976, it consistently ranks as one of the country’s top resorts.[3]

The resort is home to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a Forbes Five Star[4]/AAA Five Diamond[5] 255-room hotel and spa. The resort also manages nearly 500 private villas and homes and has more than a dozen restaurants.

Best known for its golf courses, the resort also contains the Roy Barth Tennis Center, which features 22 tennis courts and is home to the Barth-Hawtin Tennis Academy.

Golf[edit]

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to five championship golf courses, most notably The Ocean Course, added in 1991.

The Ocean Course[edit]

The Ocean Course is the most famous course at Kiawah Island, and was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.[6] The course was designed so that players have a view of the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, but also to expose golfers to the often-strong winds in the area.[6] The Ocean Course has been consistently named as one of the best courses in the world by several publications such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as well as being named a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon International. As of 2010, the Ocean Course was rated 25th in Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America.[7]

The Ocean Course is a par 72 course and from the championship tees, it stretches to 7,876 yards (7,202 m) with a slope rating of 155 and a course rating of 79.1,[2] the highest in the country, according to the United States Golf Association. Because of its large slopes, numerous bunkers, and challenging Bermuda grass, it was named the toughest course in America in 2010 by Golf Digest.[8]

The Ocean Course was featured in the 2000 film The Legend of Bagger Vance.[9] In October 2008, the Ocean Course became the first course to be available to play in the online video game that was developed by World Golf Tour. Helicopters equipped with cameras and GPS tracking devices were used to photograph and record the entire course to produce a geographically accurate simulation.[10]

Scorecard[edit]

Kiawah Island Golf Resort - The Ocean Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship 79.1/155 396 557 390 484 207 490 579 198 514 3815 447 593 484 497 238 466 608 223 505 4061 7876
Tournament 76.8/153 395 543 390 453 207 455 527 197 464 3631 439 562 466 404 194 421 579 221 439 3725 7356
Ocean 73.9/148 375 528 367 432 185 377 505 170 415 3354 378 521 420 371 171 391 555 197 421 3425 6779
Dye 72.4/139 365 501 319 401 177 345 493 166 406 3173 360 506 412 364 161 381 540 182 396 3302 6475
Kiawah 71.1/134 357 495 310 396 171 331 484 151 399 3094 347 476 398 333 151 358 491 168 386 3108 6202
Governors 69.1/132 357 419 310 328 171 331 484 151 344 2895 347 476 326 333 151 358 491 168 314 2964 5859
Carolina 66.4/125 306 419 268 328 117 299 432 105 344 2618 310 440 326 312 132 306 447 122 314 2689 5307
Par 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap Men's 15 3 9 1 11 13 7 17 5 16 8 10 2 14 18 4 12 6
Handicap Women's 9 1 11 3 15 13 5 17 7 12 4 6 10 16 14 2 18 8
Source:[2][11]

Tournaments held[edit]

The Ocean Course first became well known in its first year when it hosted the Ryder Cup in 1991.[6] The United States team defeated Europe 14½–13½. The windy Ocean Course made for difficult playing conditions, and the United States team only won when Bernhard Langer of Germany missed a six-foot (1.8 m) par-saving putt that would have defeated Hale Irwin, tied the overall score at 14-all, and retained the cup for Europe.

In 1996, the Ocean Course hosted a match on Shell's Wonderful World of Golf between Annika Sörenstam and Dottie Pepper. The course hosted the World Cup of Golf twice – in 1997 and in 2003. In 1997, Pádraig Harrington and Paul McGinley won the team title, with Colin Montgomerie winning the individual title. When the World Cup returned in 2003, Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini won the team competition.

The Ocean Course hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 2005, won by Mike Small, the golf coach at the University of Illinois, won the event with a score of 289, and the Senior PGA Championship in May 2007; Denis Watson won his first golf tournament in twenty-three years, beating Eduardo Romero by two strokes.

The PGA Championship was played at the Ocean Course in August 2012[6] with Rory McIlroy winning by a record eight strokes. The championship returned to the Ocean Course in May 2021, and was won by Phil Mickelson, who became the oldest major champion in history at the age of 50.[12]

View of the 18th green and the Atlantic Ocean from the clubhouse at the Ocean Course

Turtle Point[edit]

The Turtle Point course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and has also received accolades from Golf Digest magazine. Turtle Point has hosted regional tournaments such as the Carolina Amateur.

The Turtle Point course is a par 72 course. From the tournament tees, it measures 7,061 yards (6,457 m) and has a slope rating of 73/134.[2]

Osprey Point[edit]

The Osprey Point course at Kiawah Island was designed by Tom Fazio and is recognized as one of the "50 Best Golf Courses for Women" by Golf for Women magazine.

The Osprey point course is a par 72 course. It measures 6,932 yards (6,339 m) from the tournament tees, and it has a slope rating of 72.8/135.[2]

Oak Point[edit]

Designed by Clyde Johnston, the Oak Point course was purchased by the Kiawah Island Resort in 1997. He designed the course on former plantation lands that grew tomato and indigo.

Oak Point plays to a par of 72, and it measures 6,701 yards (6,127 m) from the tournament tees with a slope rating of 71.9/130.[2]

Cougar Point[edit]

The Cougar Point golf course was originally named Marsh Point, and Gary Player redesigned it in 1996. It is a par 72 course and from the tournament tees it measures 6,875 yards (6,286 m) with a slope rating of 72.7/134.[2]

Expansion[edit]

Beginning spring 2018, Kiawah Island Golf Resort launched a three-year development[13] that includes a new clubhouse at Cougar Point Golf Course, a non-denominational chapel at The Sanctuary, the West Beach Village Conference Center, a new villa check-in facility in West Beach, four cottages near The Ocean Course Clubhouse, and a complete renovation of Night Heron Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Affiliated Companies". CCA Financial. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Course Rating and Slope Database™, Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course". USGA. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "Resort Awards and Accolades". Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  4. ^ "The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Charleston Hotels - Kiawah Island, United States". Forbes Travel Guide. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  5. ^ "AAA Five Diamond and AAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants listed". www.aaa.com. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  6. ^ a b c d Leatherman, Dale Ann (January–February 2010). "Golf to Die For". AAA World. Side trips. AAA World Publishing Group. 12 (1): 26. ISSN 1557-9107. OCLC 61482791. Archived from the original on January 3, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses/2009-10". Golf Digest.
  8. ^ "Field of bad dreams (Nos. 1 to 25)". ESPN/Golf Digest. June 8, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Jacobelli, Pete (November 1, 2000). "Bagger Vance Shot At Ocean Course". Lakeland Ledger. Associated Press. p. C5. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  10. ^ O'Brien, Jeffrey M. (June 11, 2009). "Golf goes virtual". Fortune. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  11. ^ "The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island". Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  12. ^ "US PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner with sixth title". BBC Sport. 23 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Kiawah's Exciting Expansion". Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Retrieved 2020-01-20.


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