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On March 9-13, teams from around the country converged on Kiawah Island Golf Resort to compete in the 15th Annual Kiawah National Pro Am sponsored by Club Car.  One pro and three amateurs took on four of the resort’s courses – The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point and Cougar Point.

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Friendship Cup 2014

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The eighth annual installment of Golf’s Fifth Major, the Friendship Cup, was held March 6-9 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The 36 hole tournament consisting of 92 teams playing in a two man best-ball format was contested at the world-renowned Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship, and Cougar Point, the resort’s Gary Player design. While The Ocean Course has remained the constant throughout the first seven years of the event, 2014 marked the first time that Cougar Point was used in the rotation. It did not disappoint, as the players raved about the condition of the golf course and the variety of the layout, adding another group of guests who believe Cougar Point to be the resort’s hidden gem.

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Women’s Golf Getaway

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Natalie Payne of the resort staff handles our special events.  She put together our yearly “Women’s Golf Getaway.”  While not a traditional golf tournament, this weekend provides exceptional value for women golfers of all levels of play. Two LPGA Professionals along with our full instruction staff are on board providing tips and instruction found nowhere else in a weekend like this.  Guests enjoy instruction from some of the best golf pros in the country, plus golf rounds and relaxation on Kiawah Island. With different options for experienced golfers and beginners who may have not held a club before, each participant receives valuable golf knowledge and takes home wonderful memories.

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Ocean Course Flyover

TOC app

As many of you know, we have an Ocean Course app available on the Apple App Store (Search “Kiawah Island Ocean Course”) or for Androids at Google Play ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bestapproach.kiawah).  This is a complete GPS assisted yardage calculator for use when playing our favorite course.  It also has a lot of other useful information.

For those of you who want to take a look at the course before you arrive on the island, here’s the great hole-by-hole “Ocean Course flyover” used by the app:  http://www.bestapproachflyovers.com/GWKI_kiawah/

Just so you know, current and forecasted temperatures for the Kiawah Island area are 50s and 60s.  Now’s the prefect time to get out of the snow and get your game in shape for the spring golf season!  See if you can beat Rory McIlroy’s final round 66!

Check out our recently released  History of Ocean Course Championships online video.  Narrated by CBS golf commentator (and winner of the 1991 Open Championship), Ian Baker Finch, the video uses interviews of course designer, Pete Dye, as well as interviews of a number of the legendary PGA Tour professionals who took part in championships held on The Ocean Course.  Events include the nerve-wracking tension of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the come-from-behind win by Dennis Watson at the 2007 Senior PGA, Rory McIlroy’s run-away victory at the 2012 PGA Championship and much, much more.

The video will run on the in-room and in-villa channel on the resort and will be featured on the resort’s website.

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Ocean Course Acreages


While most golf courses have a lot of grassy areas and between its holes, not so on The Ocean Course.  If you look at the total Ocean Course acreages, it’s not that much – just a tiny bit over 85 acres.  It’s mostly dunes, ponds and marsh out on the Eastern tip of Kiawah Island.  Here’s the total yardage on The Ocean Course:

Ocean Course Acreages

Front 9 :  42.25 Acres (grass only)

Greens :  1.33 Acres
Tees :   1.72 Acres
Fairways : 13.7 Acres
Roughs : 25.5
Sand : 13 acres (estimate only)

Back 9 : 43.13 Acres (grass only)
Greens : 1.46 Acres
Tees : 1.97 Acres
Fairways : 14.3 Acres
Roughs : 25.4 Acres
Sand : 14 Acres (estimate only)

Range : 20 Acres
Range Tee : 1.28 Acres

Paspalum Field : 2.2 Acres

Total Acreage : 108.86 Acres

So, next time you tee it up on The Ocean Course, you have an excuse.  It’s hard to hit so few acres of grass and so many acres of trouble!

Marriage Proposal

Jarett Berman used to work in Charlotte in the sports department at WCNC, the NBC affiliate.  He helped cover the run-up to last year’s PGA Championship.  He’s since moved to Miami to be a sports producer at WSVN-TV.  So, when it came time for his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Kim (an avid golfer), he thought of no better place than Kiawah Island and The Ocean Course.  We thought it was a great idea and Head Professional Stephen Youngner, 1st Assistant Professional Josh Waganman and the rest of the staff helped out along with Jarett’s friend and WCNC-TV’s Morning News Anchor and Reporter, Ira Cronin.  Here’s a write up from FTVLive.com (a web site that covers “gossip and news from inside TV newsrooms across the country”):

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Osprey Point Renovation - No 9

Since 1988, the Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point Golf Course has been a guest favorite on Kiawah Island.  Next summer, there will be a major Osprey Point renovation.

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Environment of The Ocean Course

Aerial Ocean Course

In an age when environmental impact studies command as much attention as slope ratings, The environment of The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has earned acclaim from scientists and environmentalists for its sensitivity to nature.

Build along nearly three miles of pristine oceanfront property, the Ocean Course features 10 holes immediately adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and all 18 holes offer spectacular views of the ocean as well as nearby marshlands, none of which every will be obstructed by development.  Course designer Pete Dye went to great lengths to assure that The Ocean Course would blend into its oceanfront setting.

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Top Golf Resorts

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been honored as one of the 25 Top Golf Resorts in the world by LINKS Magazine.

The listing, which will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of LINKS, is part of the magazine’s special 25th Anniversary Edition, which singles out significant people, places, and moments in golf past and present.

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