The Cougar Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island has been considered as one of the island’s most dramatic vistas. The course was originally named Marsh Point but was later changed. In 1996, the golf course was completely redesigned by Gary Player and now features the perfect blend of long and short par-4s, challenging par-3s, and the risk/reward par-5s in the 6,875-yard layout. The new par-72 Cougar Point is now 600 yards longer than the first Gary Player masterpiece that opened in 1976. Just recently, the golf course was cited as “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest reader’s poll and the “Golf Course of The Year” as cited by the Golf Course Owners Association of South Carolina.
While on play, golfers of all ability levels can find the course’s new design a bit challenging. The short par-4 holes now offer the open-run-up areas at the front of the green as well as the wide landing areas giving each golfer the array of options to avoid the obstacles and take the best angles towards the target. On the 5th hole, in order to avoid hitting around and over the trees, golfers must opt for the right. The opposite is required when dealing with the 7th and 8th hole in order to avoid the trees that guard the approach shots. In order to have the relaxing feel while on the greens, hole #6 provides a spectacular view of the Kiawah River and on almost every hole is the sight of the countless wading birds including the pelicans and osprey eyeing for a meal.
To culminate an exciting golf round, players must go through the magnificent finishing holes from the 15th all the way to the par-4 18th hole. Cougar Point has the course rating of 73.0 and 134 slope rating on Bermuda grass.