Ocean Course Kiawah Island

1 Kiawah Island Parkway
Johns Island, SC 29455
Pricing: $200+
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Kiawah Island is south of Charleston about 45 minutes. It's a resort and real estate development which contains 5 courses, the most famous of which is the Pete Dye designed Ocean Course, which is hard against the Atlantic Ocean, opening in 1991 and designed for the 1991 Ryder Cup. Ten of the holes are right on the Ocean so the wind is always a factor. The course one of the highest slope and course ratings in the US at 144 slope and 73.2 course rating from the tips at 7,356 yards, with four shorter tees.

The design "lifted" the course above the beach level so the fairways and greens tend to be raised up even higher into the wind factor. There's continued forced carries over marshes, and waste bunkers to raised small Bermuda greens. It was dubbed Looney Dunes after the Ryder Cup, and was the setting for the Legend of Bagger Vance. It should be on the bucket list of any golfer's must play golf courses.

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Posted by: GuestReview

Oct 16th, 2013

The front nine was extremely difficult, every green is elevated in some sort, on a plateau, that falls off on every side, with a tough up and down from the collection areas or waste bunkers. Thought the back nine was more enjoyable and scenic with holes along the Atlantic, and the wind more in play.

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Posted by: blakemeyer

Jan 21st, 2012

I just got back from Kiawah today. Played all 5 courses. Was the Ocean Course worth $300?? Hmmm....we had a great group of guys and we walked it with Caddies and it was fun. If I was playing it alone or with people I didn't know.....no way. They do treat you well (as they should) and it is a neat track. Right group of guys and $300+ on a round of golf wont break you.....do it.

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Posted by: Gonzo

Apr 23rd, 2011

1st Class and 3 GREAT Golf Courses including one ( the Ocean ) of the BEST in the World then you will want to go to Kiawah Island. Others are the Osprey and Couger. Don't play the Turtle ! Two three negatives, 1. The Turtle Course by Jack was boring, 2. No reflectors on the Flags, 3. The Menu and Food in the Main Dining Room was avaerage. Positives, 1. the Hotel is SPECTACULAR, 2. The Ocean Club is Fantastic, 3. The Service is Wonderful. We were there for only 2 nights, primarily for the opportunity to play the Ocean course. We stayed in the villas which were quite comfortable and provided a more laid back atmosphere. Food on the island was excellent. Golf was terrific. Courses were in excellent shape and a real challenge. Everything we could have hoped for. I strongly recommend it.

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Nov 2nd, 2008

Obviously you have to play the Ocean Course, in addition, there are for other courses here, and Osprey Point, an 86' Fazio course that's routed through the trees and the saltwater marshes is the one to play. It's a classic risk/reward course, with different options off the tee, and a great design. Turtle Point is a Niclaus design, a couple of good holes here on the back side, but the homes built on the course are just too close to the course, and it's nothing real special. Cougar Point is an old Gary Player designed course with some good holes along the Kiawah River, but otherwise just OK

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