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.
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:
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.
Photo by Tracy Wilcox
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.
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.
Golf or Gourmet this fall or winter!
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering special fall and winter “stay-and-play” or “stay-and-dine” packages from November 9 to February 27. Kiawah’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages” provides great deals for staying at the resort and either playing golf or dining in its award-winning restaurants with up to a 45% savings over peak season rates.