Kiawah Island (Ocean)
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, southwest of Charleston. It opened in May 1976 and has five golf courses, most notably the Ocean Course, added in 1991. The Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments including the Ryder Cup in 1991, the World Cup in 1997 and 2003, and the PGA Championship in 2012. It also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 2005 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2007. It will also host the PGA Championship in 2021.
The Ocean Course is the most famous course at Kiawah Island, opened in 1991, it was designed by Pete and Alice Dye. The course was designed so that players have a view of the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean but also to expose golfers to the often-strong winds in the area. The Ocean Course has been consistently named as one of the best courses in the world by several publications such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as well as being named a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. As of 2010, the Ocean Course was rated 25th in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America.
The Ocean Course is a par 72 course and from the championship tees, it stretches to 7,873 yards (7,199 m) with a slope rating of 153 and a course rating of 79.7, the highest in the country, according to the United States Golf Association. Because of its large slopes, numerous bunkers, and challenging Bermuda grass, it was named the toughest course in America in 2010 by Golf Digest. The Ocean Course was featured in the 2000 film The Legend of Bagger Vance. In October 2008, the Ocean Course became the first course to be available to play in the online video game that was developed by World Golf Tour. Helicopters equipped with cameras and GPS tracking devices were used to photograph and record the entire course to produce a geographically accurate simulation.