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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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!