Golf Digest, the world’s leading golf publication, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort, host of the 2012 PGA Championship, jointly released the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Flyover Application/Ocean Course app powered by Golf Digest, a free iPhone and Android companion application designed to enhance the experience of playing The Ocean Course.  The application, an extension of the existing business relationship between Golf Digest and Kiawah Island Golf Resort, allows users to virtually tour Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship, through a virtual flyover experience of all 18 holes. The app allows golfers to use it when playing the Ocean Course themselves to gauge distances each hole.

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Golf or Gourmet?

With the recent completion of the PGA Championship, the resort is offering it’s unique “Golf or Gourmet” package allowing great prices on “Stay and Play” or “Stay an Dine” packages.

You won’t find better savings to play The Ocean Course for the rest of this year!!!

This package contains the ultimate in luxurious accommodations, golf on The Ocean Course, home of the 2012 PGA Championship, and award-winning dining options.

Includes your choice (1) of the following:
• Two rounds of golf per room, per night on ANY course (including The Ocean Course)
• Dinner for two at ANY restaurant (including The Ocean Room and The Atlantic Room)

The Sanctuary – Garden View Accommodations, only $400/night
The Villas – One Bedroom Scenic View, only $300/night

Continue saving with the Players Package!

Includes your choice (1) of the following:
• Two rounds of golf per room, per night on Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Cougar Point or Oak Point
• Dinner for two at Jasmine Porch, Tomasso or Cherrywood BBQ

The Sanctuary – Garden View Accommodations, only $300/night
The Villas – One Bedroom Scenic View, only $200/night


*Valid November 5, 2012 – February 28, 2013; subject to availability and blackout dates. Tax and villa resort fee additional. Accommodation options are a Garden View room at The Sanctuary or a one bedroom Scenic View Villa. Blackout dates include (but are not limited to) November 9-10, 16-17 and December 31. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Not valid for groups. Minimum length of stay may apply.

17th Hole

Even as workers dismantle bleachers, break down hospitality trailers and disassemble broadcast booths, the Charleston community is already feeling an uptick of the economic impact of the PGA Championship.

The event produced close to $75 million worth of media exposure worldwide that included more than 150 hours of television coverage seen in 580 million households worldwide.  Since the Championship, the resort has seen a substantial increase in the number of inquiries from golf groups. Group leaders are no longer just kicking the tires.  After seeing Kiawah on TV, they’re anxious to bring their groups and play it themselves.

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On an extra-long Sunday at Kiawah Island, Rory McIlroy racked up an extra-big victory. McIlroy, at age 23, dominated the final round and won his second major by a PGA-record eight shots.

Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012 | 7:17 p.m.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf’s next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship.

McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year by blowing away the field Sunday at Kiawah Island. One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980.

The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland returned to No. 1 in the world, and he became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors. Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major.

Just like the U.S. Open, this one was never seriously in doubt.

McIlroy seized control with back-to-back birdies Sunday morning to complete the storm-delayed third round with a 67 and build a three-shot lead. No one got closer than two shots the rest of the way, and McIlroy closed out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course.

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The Carolinas Golf Association is pleased to announce The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be the host site for the 99th Carolinas Amateur Championship on July 11-14, 2013.

This past week The Ocean Course was host for the 94th PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy in record setting fashion. Named by Golf Digest as the toughest in America, The Ocean Course proved to be a great test of golf for the entire field.

“Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Ocean Course are excited to host the 99th playing of the Carolinas Amateur Championship,” stated Brian Gerard, Director of Golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “We look forward to showcasing our facility to the best amateurs in the Carolinas next summer after hosting the best players in the world this past week at the PGA Championship.” Read More

While there may be withdrawals between now and next Thursday, as of right now, the field of the PGA Championship now has 108 of the top 108 players in the world!

Kiawah Island Golf Resort | August 9-12, 2012
July 30, 2012
Adams, Blake – Eatonton, Ga.
Aiken, Thomas – SOUTH AFRICA
Allenby, Robert – AUSTRALIA
Azinger, Paul – Bradenton, Fla.
Baddeley, Aaron – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Bae, Sang Moon – Dae Gu, S. KOREA
Balin, Daniel – Rockville, Md.
Beem, Rich – Austin, Texas
Bensel, Frank – Purchase, N.Y.
Bjorn, Thomas – Silkeborg, DENMARK
Bradley, Keegan – Jupiter, Fla.
Brooks, Mark – Ft. Worth, Texas
Brown, Mark – Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Byrd, Jonathan – Sea Island, Ga.
Cabrera, Angel – Cordoba, ARGENTINA
Cabrera-Bello, Rafael – Las Palmas, SPAIN
Cairns, Brian – Walled Lake, Mich.
Casey, Paul – Weybridge, ENGLAND
Cauley, Bud – Jacksonville, Fla.
Chalmers, Greg – Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Chapman, Roger – Ascot, ENGLAND
Choi, K.J. – Seoul, S. KOREA
Cink, Stewart – Duluth, Ga.
Clark, Tim – Durban, South Africa
Clarke, Darren – Portrush, N. IRELAND
Coetzee, George – Pretoria, S. AFRICA
Colsaerts, Nicolas – Brussels, BELGIUM
Coston, Jeff – Blaine, Wash.
Crane, Ben – Beaverton, Ore.
Curtis, Ben – Stow, Ohio
Daly, John – Dardanelle, Ark.
Davis, Brian – London, ENGLAND
Day, Jason – Wexford, AUSTRALIA
DeJonge, Brendon – Matthews, N.C.
Dobyns, Matt – Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Donald, Luke – Hemel Hempstead, ENGLAND
Donaldson, Jamie – Pontypridd, WALES
Dufner, Jason – Auburn, Ala.
Duke, Ken – Palm City, Fla.
Dyson, Simon – York, ENGLAND
Els, Ernie – George, S. AFRICA
Every, Matt – Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo – Madrid, SPAIN
Fowler, Rickie – Jupiter, Fla.
Fraser, Marcus – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Frye, Michael – Sedona, Ariz.
Fujita, Hiroyuki – Shizuoka, JAPAN
Furyk, Jim – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Gaffney, Brian – Monmouth Beach, N.J.
Gainey, Tommy – Bishopville, S.C.
Garcia, Sergio – Castellon, SPAIN
Garrigus, Robert – Phoenix, Ariz.
Glover, Lucas – Sea Island, Ga.
Goosen, Retief – Polokwane, S. AFRICA
Grace, Branden – George, S. AFRICA
Haas, Bill – Greenville, S.C.
Hansen, Anders – Sonderborg, DENMARK
Hanson, Peter – Trelleborg, SWEDEN
Harrington, Padraig – Dublin, IRELAND
Hoey, Michael – Belfast, N. IRELAND
Hoffman, Charley – Las Vegas, Nev.
Howell III, Charles – Windermere, Fla.
Huh, John – Dallas, Texas
Immelman, Trevor – Cape Town, S. AFRICA
Ishikawa, Ryo – Saitama, JAPAN
Jacobson, Fredrik – Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Jaidee, Thongchai – Lop Buri, THAILAND
Jertson, Marty – Phoenix, Ariz.
Jimenez, Miguel Angel – Malaga, SPAIN
Johnson, Dustin – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Johnson, Zach – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jones, Brendan – New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Karlsson, Robert – Katrineholm, SWEDEN
Kaymer, Martin – Mettmann, GERMANY
Kestner, Darrell – Glen Cove, N.Y.
Kim, K.T. – Yongin, S. KOREA
Kuchar, Matt – Sea Island, Ga.
Laird, Martin – Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Larrazabal, Pablo – Barcelona, SPAIN
Lawrie, Paul – Aberdeen, SCOTLAND
Leishman, Marc – Warrnambool, AUSTRALIA
Levin, Spencer – Elk Grove, Calif.
Love III, Davis – Sea Island, Ga.
Lowe, Mitch – San Francisco, Calif.
Luiten, Joost – Bleiswijk, NETHERLANDS
Lynn, David – Stroke-on-Trent, ENGLAND
Mahan, Hunter – Colleyville, Texas
Manassero, Matteo – Verona, ITALY
McDowell, Graeme – Portrush, N. IRELAND
McIlroy, Rory – Holywood, N. IRELAND
McNeill, George – Ft. Myers, Fla.
Micheel, Shaun – Memphis, Tenn.
Mickelson, Phil – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Mitchum, Kelly – Southern Pines, N.C.
Molder, Bryce – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Molinari, Francesco – Turin, ITALY
Moore, Ryan – Tacoma, Wash.
Morin, Alan – Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Murchison, Bill – Canton, Ga.
Na, Kevin – Las Vegas, Nev.
Noh, Seung-Yul – Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
Noren, Alex – Stockholm, SWEDEN
O’Hair, Sean – West Chester, Pa.
Ogilvy, Geoff – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Olazabal, Jose Maria – San Sebastian, SPAIN
Olesen, Thorbjorn – Varlose, DENMARK
Oosthuizen, Louis – George, S. AFRICA
Overton, Jeff – Evansville, Ind.
Palmer, Ryan – Amarillo, Texas
Perez, Pat – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Perry, Rod – Port Orange, Fla.
Pettersson, Carl – Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Piercy, Scott – Las Vegas, Nev.
Points, D.A. – Pekin, Ill.
Potter, Jr., Ted – Silver Springs, Fla.
Poulter, Ian – Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
Prugh, Corey – Spokane, Wash.
Quiros, Alvaro – Cadiz, SPAIN
Reavie, Chez – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rock, Robert – Weston, ENGLAND
Rollins, John – Colleyville, Texas
Rose, Justin – London, ENGLAND
Sabbatini, Rory – Durban, S. AFRICA
Scaletta, Paul – Jupiter, Fla.
Schwartzel, Charl – Johannesburg, S. AFRICA
Scott, Adam – Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Senden, John – Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Siem, Marcel – Ratingen, GERMANY
Simpson, Webb – Charlotte, N.C.
Singh, Jeev Milkha – Chandigarh, INDIA
Singh, Vijay – Lautoka, FIJI
Small, Mike – Champaign, Ill.
Snedeker, Brandt – Nashville, Tenn.
Sowards, Bob – Dublin, Ohio
Stallings, Scott – Knoxville, Tenn.
Stanley, Kyle – Gig Harbor, Wash.
Stricker, Steve – Madison, Wisc.
Taniguchi, Toru – Osaka, JAPAN
Thompson, Michael – Birmingham, Ala.
Toms, David – Shreveport, La.
Tringale, Cameron – Laguna Niguel, Calif.
VanPelt, Bo – Tulsa, OK
Verplank, Scott – Edmond, Okla.
Wade, Doug – Dayton, Ohio
Wagner, Johnson – Charlotte, N.C.
Watney, Nick – Las Vegas, Nev.
Watson, Bubba – Bagdad, Fla.
Westwood, Lee – Worksop, ENGLAND
Wi, Charlie – Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
Wiesberger, Bernd – Oberwart, AUSTRIA
Wilson, Mark – Elmhurst, Ill.
Winner, Reno-Tahoe Open
Winner, Bridgestone
Woodland, Gary – Topeka, Kan.
Woods, Tiger – Hobe Sound, Fla.
Yang, Y.E. – Jeju Island, S. KOREA
Alternate List:
1. Walker, Jimmy – San Antonio, Texas (78)
2. McGirt, William – Boiling Springs, S.C.(79)
3. Stroud, Chris– Houston, Texas (80)
4. Kelly, Jerry – Madison, Wis. (81)
5. Pride, Dicky – Orlando, Fla. (82)
6. Steele, Brendan – Irvine, Calif. (84)
7. Stadler, Kevin – Scottsdale, Ariz. (86)
8. Summerhays, Daniel – Farmington, UT (87)
9. Hearn, David – Brantford, Ontario, CANADA (88)
10.Villegas, Camilo – Medellin, COLOMBIA (90)

The PGA Championship is nearly upon us.  Here are some views of the preparation:

Where do you want to go for the best pre-football tailgate party anywhere in America?  No. 17 at The Ocean Course during PGA week.  It’ll be some of the best food, people watching and golf anywhere!

Miss seeing rough weather at the British Open? Just wait for the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods and rest of the Open field played under sunny skies for most of the week at Lytham. Don’t expect the same at the PGA at Kiawah.

As I caught parts of the British Open on TV I was amazed at how well the weather behaved and how big an impact that had on scores. I found myself looking forward to the next major, where I don’t think the field will be quite so lucky. The PGA Championship will be played in two weeks at the Ocean course at Kiawah Island, a spit of land surrounded by water that seems to manufacture humidity and has the most changeable conditions I know of in this country.

I spent the late 1990s as a part-time resident of Kiawah and did the majority of my practicing and playing there. The brutal test, without doubt, made me a better player. On that course a 115-yard shot could be a bunted wedge or a hammered four-iron-during the same round. There were days that simply standing upright was a challenge. There is, in my opinion, no finer closing stretch of holes than those on the Ocean course: two par-3s, a par-5 and two par-4s that have absolutely no let up in them.

Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1991, the Ocean course is one of only two I have played that were made significantly easier after they opened. (The other: Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.) Following the ’91 Ryder Cup-the infamous War at the Shore-fairway widths at the Ocean course were expanded, greenside bulkheads moved and the sea oats on the beautiful dunes substantially thinned. Prior to the 2007 Senior PGA Championship the 18th green was moved farther from the shoreline, and the greens were redone with Sea Isle paspalum. It is a grass that can be amazingly consistent and firm and has very little grain, but will present a new challenge for the field, as I believe this will the first time this grass will be seen in a major championship.

Between the heat, wind, humidity and the unique features of the course, the PGA will be every bit the challenge we saw at the British Open on Sunday. I will watch with great memories of the cold, wet winter walks I used to take on the beach and a course that made me a lot better player.

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View from the rooftop deck of one of the Trophy Suites overlooking the green and ocean


View of the Trophy Suites on #18 from the fairway.


The excitement is building for the PGA Championship!