As “bucket list” proof, the Rolex clock adjacent to The Ocean Course driving range, practice green and clubhouse is one of the most photographed icon on Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  We’ll often see players running up from the 18th green after their round to get their picture taken before heading into the Ryder Cup Bar to celebrate their round.

There will now be an additional opportunity for photography.  Rolex installed a second clock near the first tee by the practice green there.  Now there’s no excuse for being late for your tee time!

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March 10 to 14 brought golfers from all across the United States from as far away as Colorado to take part in the 14th annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort National Pro-Am, presented by Club Car.  According to Ric Ferguson, Head Professional at Cougar Point and one of the event organizers, “It was the largest field in many, many years.  We limited the event to 60 teams and sold out by mid January.  We even had a waiting list.”

A couple of years ago, the resort changes the registration rules allowing a single professional to bring up to six members of their club, playing as two teams with the professional’s scores counting with each team.  There were two clubs that did that this year.  There were a total of 11 clubs that brought at least two teams.  One club from Boston brought four 4-man teams.

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2013 Friendship Cup Recap


The 7th Annual 2013 Friendship Cup was contested at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort March 1st and 2nd on Pete Dye’s world-famous Ocean Course and the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point.

One first year attendee shared, “The Friendship Cup will begin the golf year for my friends and me from now on!  I look forward to coming back next year to compete with all the great people I met on our maiden voyage to the “Cup” weekend.  You cannot beat the Southern Hospitality you get at this wonderful island showcase.”

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Check out Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” this month.  Steve Kroft does a great segment on Pete Dye and his unique golf course designs.  Much of it was shot on The Ocean Course where Pete and Steve filmed interviews over the course of an entire round.  It aired originally last night and will air a number of times over the next month.  Once done, it will probably be available online.

This often-debated 19th-hole topic is the subject of “LINKS Golf Madness.” Like the NCAA basketball extravaganza, LINKS Golf Madness uses rankings and brackets as a guide for users to identify which courses they think are the best public-access course. The public opinion determines the champion.

We are happy to let you know that The Ocean Course was selected as one of the 64 in LINKS Golf Madness. Here is a link to the site where you can register, see the bracket selections, and make your picks:

Best of all, it’s a chance to win a trip to Hawaii!!!

Now in its 7th year, a two-man tournament for male amateur players, The Friendship Cup (Golf’s Fifth Major) is contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship, and the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Course.

Thursday night begins with a Lowcountry oyster roast and BBQ at Mingo Point overlooking the Kiawah River.  Enjoy fantastic food, music, making new “friends” and reconnecting with old ones.

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Register online for a chance to win an unforgettable weekend package to The 2013 Friendship Cup Championship – February 28-March 3 – compliments of Ralph Lauren & Kiawah Island Golf Resort!

THE PRIZE – Not only will you and a lucky guest win a two-man amateur team at the 7th Annual Friendship Cup Tournament, but you will also be outfitted by Ralph Lauren for the two tournament rounds and will be paired with the always competitive “RL X-Factor” Ralph Lauren team.

A two-man tournament for male amateur players, The Friendship Cup is contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship, and the Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point Golf Course.

Thursday night begins with a Lowcountry oyster roast and BBQ at Mingo Point overlooking the Kiawah River where strangers quickly become friends.

Friday the tournament begins and the field is split between Turtle Point & The Ocean Course.  The evening concludes with a “Taste of Kiawah” dining experience.

Saturday it’s the final round and after competing on what Golf Digest touts as “the toughest course in America,” we will celebrate at our Awards Dinner in the Grand Oaks Ballroom.  The top ten teams will win fantastic trips.

The nightly hospitality suite and many more prizes keep the weekend very exciting!

Sweepstakes Package includes:

•      2 Ralph Lauren Golf Outfits per person

•      Private ocean view accommodations for three nights

•      Daily Breakfast (Friday and Saturday)

•      Thursday Night – Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ (includes alcohol)

•      Friday Night Dinner for all attendees honoring our Past Champions

•      Saturday Night – Awards Dinner and Reception (includes alcohol)

•      Hospitality room for three nights

•      Two golf rounds (One on the Ocean Course)

•      Two boxed lunches while golfing and alcohol on course

•      Tournament gift bag

•      All taxes and resort fees

*Must be an amateur golfer (no professionals).  A valid handicap index is required to participate in the tournament.  Accommodation upgrades and spouse/guest packages are available at an additional cost. Dining and caddie gratuities are not included.

Drawing will occur on December 31, 2012


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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