The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive covered the PGA’s announcement of The Ocean Course hosting the 2021 PGA Championship.  Here’s the footage:

http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ocean-course-host-2021-pga-championship/

The 103rd edition of the Championship in August 2021 returns to the renowned Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout in South Carolina after its first visit in 2012, when Rory McIlroy captured the Wanamaker Trophy by a record-setting margin. The Ocean Course is one of four venues to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (2007) and the PGA Championship. The Ocean Course also hosted the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship.

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Wanamaker on TOC

The PGA of America announced today that it will conduct the 2021 PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The 103rd edition of the Championship in August 2021 returns to the renowned Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout in South Carolina after its first visit in 2012, when Rory McIlroy captured the Wanamaker Trophy by a record-setting margin. The Ocean Course is one of four venues to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (2007) and the PGA Championship. The Ocean Course also hosted the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship.

“Ever since The Ocean Course was introduced to the world, it has been a supreme test for the greatest players in golf,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “From a down-to-the-last putt thriller of a Ryder Cup in 1991 to Rory McIlroy closing a record-setting performance in the 2012 PGA Championship, there has never been a shortage of thrills on The Ocean Course. We anticipate that tradition of excellence continuing in the 2021 PGA Championship.”

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Oak Point's 18th hole
Oak Point’s 18th hole

Over the past 20 years, the resort has made a concerted effort to upgrade the facilities on the resort to make Kiawah the finest golf destination in the U.S.  This includes new clubhouses at Osprey Point, Turtle Point and The Ocean Course as well as course renovations at The Ocean Course, Turtle Point and, last year at Osprey Point.  This year, Oak Point undergos major renovations.

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Kiawah Caddie Brandon Hartzell on Golf Channel’s “Big Break”

 

Brandon Hartzell is sworn to secrecy. The Ocean Course caddie competed in The Golf Channel’s “ Big Break ” reality show in September, but can’t reveal the results.

Hartzell, a 27-year-old caddie at Kiawah Island’s most famous golf course, was one of 12 golfers competing in the latest version of the reality program — this one titled The Palm Beaches — that begins airing at 9 p.m. Monday. At stake is $120,000 in cash and prizes, along with an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2015 Barbasol Championship.

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Bill and Susan Wernecke at The Ocean Course clubhouse

Bill and Susan Wernecke, Links Magazine Kiawah trip winner recently wrote this letter to Jack Purcell, Publisher of Links, giving an overview of the experience:

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Kiawah’s Family Tee Program

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FAMILY TEE PROGRAM
KIAWAH BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER THROUGH GOLF

Since 2005, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has provided a unique opportunity for families to bond through its Family Tee program, which offers discounted rates for adults and free golf for kids 17 and under.

“Kiawah Island’s Family Tee is a wonderful way for beginners to get out and learn the game in a pressure-free environment,” said Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s director of golf. “Plus it’s a great way to encourage family togetherness.”

The program is available all summer long, beginning in late May and continuing through early September, on four of the resort’s championship courses—Osprey Point, Turtle Point, Cougar Point and Oak Point. Starting times are scheduled in 15-minute intervals between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., which allows adequate space between groups so players don’t feel anxious. The program also runs seasonally for two weeks around the Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with tee times starting at 3 p.m.

Family Tee markers are set into each fairway so no hole is longer than 250 yards. Everyone in the group—mom, dad and the kids—play from that set of tees. Adults pay $50 per round and children 17 years of age or under play free of charge. Groups must consist of at least one adult and one child. The resort offers junior club sets through its rental program and has designed scorecards for the courses where the Family Tee Program is available. Children’s rental clubs are $15 for 9 holes and adult rental clubs are $45 for 9 holes.

For more information on Kiawah’s Family Tee program, please contact any of the resort’s Pro Shops.

No. 9 at the newly-renovated Osprey Point

No. 9 at the newly-renovated Osprey Point

We’ve been getting nearly universal rave-reviews on the recently-renovated Osprey Point Golf Course.  On the course, although there were not wholesale changes to the layout, we did make subtle revisions that improve Osprey Point aesthetically, as well as strategically. With a bunker added here and removed there, and improved contours to a fairway or two, we anticipate players experiencing a much more enjoyable round of golf than they did before.

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Golfweek Architecture Summit

Photo by Tracy Wilcox

By Bradley S. Klein

Architecture Editor

Golfweek Magazine

Pete Dye has made a life out of playing in the dirt. The 88-year old golf-course architect and his partner in life and design Alice Dye, 87, charmed an audience of Golfweek course raters, friends, colleagues and former field staff at a three-day architecture summit that ended Nov. 11 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

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Ryder Cup Bar

Ryder Cup Bar Bagger Burger

The famed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is renowned worldwide for both its beauty and its challenge.  It hosted the 1991 “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup where the U.S. team pulled out a one-point victory on the final hole of the final match, essentially elevating this biennial event to one of golf’s most watched television events.  In 2012, it hosted the PGA Championship where Rory McIlroy virtually lapped the field with a run-away eight-stroke victory.  But, for all its beauty and bravado, for many it is the clubhouse’s 19th hole, The Ryder Cup Bar, which is their favorite.

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The joy of a Kiawah golf vacation can sometimes be diminished by the annoying mission of transporting your clubs from your home to Kiawah. We’ve always found carrying clubs on a flight is a risky ordeal, but not nearly as dangerous and nerve-racking as shipping them through the mail can be.  To help you out, the resort has partnered with Ship Sticks.

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