Kiawah Island (Ocean)

Kiawah Island (Ocean)

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    Pete Dye
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

The blend of tidal marshes, scrub-topped dunes, live oaks and the soothing sound of the Atlantic on every hole make this one of the South’s most memorable playing experiences. Though the course just turned 30 years old, it already has an illustrious history of hosting big-time events, none more memorable than the drama-filled 1991 “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup. Much more short grass has been added around the green complexes since then and now the design is more thought-provoking rather than terror-inducing. Many of its greens are plateaued, with some of the more pronounced coming on the 3rd, 11th and 14th holes. Phil Mickelson more than handled the putting surfaces on his way to his historic win at the 2021 PGA Championship. (Photo: Patrick Koenig)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 17, par-3, 221 yards: A long par-3 with a narrow green guarded by water right and and two deep bunkers left. There’s no bailout here, but the green is some 45 yards deep. Even Phil Mickelson bogeyed this hole in the final round on his way to his 2021 PGA Championship title.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    The beaches at Kiawah Island are some of the best in the world. The resort can provide you with bike or boating rentals and whatever else you might need.
  • Insider tip

    Take advantage on the downwind holes and hang on for dear life into the breeze. Nine holes run eastward and nine holes run westward so you’ll rarely have crosswinds.