With most of the holes on the seaside of the Northern Hemisphere, this 18-hole, The Ocean Course, is located in the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island. Other of its holes are positioned on the Atlantic, while the 8 more run parallel. There’s a woman’s touch on this Pete Dye designed golf vacation destination, and it’s Alice Dye’s suggestion to raise the entire course into an elevation for golfers to have easier view on the panoramic Kiawah Atlantic coastline. While the original plan was less demanding, it’s the natural challenge of this new layout that has attracted more golfer’s in.
The Ocean Course has gained quick acclamation on May 2007, when it hosted the Senior PGA Championship. It is set to gain more fame this 2012 as it will host another PGA Championship. Behind the developing reputation, though, is the 1991 Ryder’s Cup that first marked its notoriety as the most spectacular “War by the Shore”. Few more major tournaments were then hosted, including World Cup of Gold in 1997, the inaugural UBS Cup in 2001, World Cup Championship in 2003, and the PGA Professional National Championship in 2005. Aside from hosting prestigious golf tournaments, this golf trip also ranked 25th in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest U.S. Golf Courses List and 4th on Best Public Course List.
The Ocean Course may have made a big screen debut on the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, but it’s the prime layout that lead it to the Golf Digest name as “#4 Public Golf Course in U.S.” and “America’s Toughest Resort Course.” Aside from the prestigious brand, this golf vacation course is also one of only 17 “5-star” courses in North America in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play”, according to the polls. Recently, it was designated as “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Sanctuary System, and as “Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association.