Kiawah Island-Ocean Course

Golf Digest named The Ocean Course "#1 Golf Course in South Carolina," "#4 Resort Course in America" and "America's Toughest Resort Course." The Ocean Course has achieved the designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Audubon Sanctuary System, and has recently been named "Golf Course of the Year" by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1991 before the Ryder Cup Matches, The Ocean Course gained instant notoriety in the dramatic "War by the Shore," a battle decided literally by the final putt of Sunday's final match. In 1997, The Ocean Course hosted the World Cup of Golf, with the world's finest golfers from 32 countries competing in the stroke play tournament. The inaugural UBS Warburg Cup took place on the course in 2001, and in 2003 the course hosted the World Golf Championships World Cup. The course will host the Senior PGA Championship in 2007, and in 2012, The Ocean Course will once again take center stage of the golfing world when it hosts the PGA Championship. This will mark the first time one of golf's majors is contested in South Carolina.

But with all 18 holes offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, it's likely The Ocean Course would have earned widespread acclaim had no tournament ever been played there. Located at the Eastern end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course negotiates along 2 3/4 miles of pristine oceanfront property. According to Pete Dye, "There’s no other golf course in the Northern Hemisphere that has as many seaside holes".

Ranked "5 Stars" (one of only 16 courses in the country), "Great Conditioning" & "Great Pace of Play" - Golf Digest

Location: Kiawah Resort, SC
Phone: 843-768-2121
Holes: 18
Public/Private: Resort
Green Fee Range: $$$

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