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The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1000 Ocean Course Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: 843-266-4670
Toll Free: 1-800-654-2924

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The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort shined brightly last summer when it hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy won in dramatic fashion with an eight-shot victory. In addition to the PGA Championship, The Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2005 PGA Club Professional Championship and the 2007 Senior PGA Championship. The Ocean Course is only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America's major championships.

Probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland is affected as much by the wind. From one round to the next, a player can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending upon the direction and strength of the wind. Built in 1991 by Pete Dye, there are no prevailing winds on the course. Dye took this into account when designing the course. In fact, he designed two courses into one - one for an easterly wind and one for a westerly wind.

Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has an abundance of seaside holes - 10 right along the Atlantic with the other 8 running parallel to those. Although it was originally designed to sit behind the dunes, Dye's wife, Alice, suggested raising the entire course to allow players unobstructed views of Kiawah's beautiful Atlantic coastline from every hole. This improved view, however, made the course substantially more demanding as it also exposed it to the area's brisk and unpredictable sea breezes.

The Ocean Course made its big screen debut in November 2000 when the movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance" opened at theaters nation-wide.

Golf Digest named The Ocean Course "#1 Golf Course in South Carolina" and "America's Toughest Resort Course." It is one of only 17 "5-star" courses in North America in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" reader's poll. GOLF Magazine has rated it #4 in its "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" list. 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.

With 18 holes offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, it is likely The Ocean Course would have earned widespread acclaim had no tournament ever been played there.

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Golf Course Info

  • Course: 18 Holes
  • Course Type: Resort
  • Architect: Pete Dye
  • Opened: 1991
  • Season: Open year-round
  • Head Pro: Stephen Youngner

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Green Fees and Rates

Rates change seasonally and are discounted to those staying through the resort. (R)esort - (O)utside. Walking only on all tee time prior to noon. Caddie fees included in green fee (gratuities accepted - suggested $65/bag)
January 1-March 3 - (R) $225, (O) $250
March 4-May 26 - (R) $321, (O) $353
May 27-Sept. 1 - (R) 242, (O) $269
After 2pm (R) $247, (O) $224
Sept. 2-Nov. 24 - (R) $321, (O) $353
Nov. 25-March 4, 2012 - (R) $232, (O) $257

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Lodging Options

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the resort's 255-room Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond oceanfront hotel and spa. The resort also manages close to 500 luxury villas ranging from one to four bedrooms and over 90 private homes ranging from four to eight bedrooms. Rates vary seasonally and by unit quality and location. Go to or call 800-654-2924 for details. Quote

Restaurant and Dining Options:

The resort offers 12 different dining options ranging from the highest-rated steakhouse in the U.S. to casual dining. The Ocean Course features a five-star-caliber clubhouse that will blend perfectly with the Ocean Course's magnificent setting that includes the casual "Ryder Cup Bar," with a outstanding bar menu. It also features the resort's signature seafood restaurant, The Atlantic Room, for more upscale dining with some of the best views on the East Coast.

Onsite Spa Services

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to The Spa at The Sanctuary, on of 17 Forbes Five Star Spas in North America.

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