A proud host to the 2007 Senior PGA Tour as well as the forthcoming 2012 PGA Championships, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is among the “100 Greatest U.S. Golf Courses List” by Golf Digest. This challenging golf layout will also be the fourth golf destination to host the each of the major championships of the PGA of America. Among the other golf tournaments that the golf course hosted include the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches, the 1997 World Cup of Golf, the 2001 UBS Cup, the 2003 World Cup Championships, and the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship. No doubt this popular golf vacation destination is frequented by both the local and foreign guests.
Perfectly set on Kiawah Island’s eastern-most end, the Ocean Course probably receives the strongest winds on all of the golf courses outside United Kingdom and Ireland. That is why Pete Dye designed the course with holes for the easterly winds as well as holes for the westerly winds. Ten holes were placed along the Atlantic while the other eight runs parallel to them. From one round to another, golfers can experience to as much as an 8-club difference on the holes depending on the strength and direction of the wind. But what makes each hole interesting aside from the unique challenges is that it gives golfers the unobstructed views of the stunning Atlantic Coastline.
With challenging holes and panoramic views, the Ocean Course has been cited by Golf Digest as “America’s Toughest Resort Course”, and the “U.S. #4 Public Golf Course”. This course is also among the 17 other North American golf courses that were given a rating of “5 stars” by Golf Digest. Just recently, this magnificent golf vacation destination was named as the “Golf Course of the Year” as cited by the prestigious National Golf Course Owners Association.