The course opens with a dogleg left par 5. It is an excellent risk - reward second shot with water on the left and bunkers guarding the right side of this receptive green. Favor the right side of the fairway on the tee shot to avoid trees on the inside of the dogleg that can block the second shot.
This medium length par 3 has a large green that narrows on the right with a bunker short right and water on the left. The magnificent oak tree behind the green is nearly identical to the Kiawah logo.
This short par 4 has two distinct tee boxes giving players options off the tee. Players should favor the left side of the fairway with a driver to avoid the fairway bunkers. A good tee shot will leave a short iron into this well protected green sloping back to front.
Players should favor the right side of this reachable par 5. Water runs along the left side of the fairway starting just beyond a fairway bunker visible from the tee and cuts across the fairway 135 yards from the green. Yardage is crucial when laying-up or going for this fairly generous green.
Players will want to favor the left side of the fairway off the tee to avoid a group of trees on the right that may block their approach. A back pin position on a small plateau may seem inviting but beware of the water behind and to the right of the green.
This slight dogleg right is one of the best par 4's on the resort with a green beautifully framed by live oaks. The fairway narrows between the bunkers on the left and trees on the right. A good tee shot will leave a mid to long iron into a well protected, slightly elevated green.
This par 3 has a long narrow green that can have a three club difference in club selection depending on the pin location. Tee shots missed to the right will force players to contend with a large oak making for a difficult up and down.
This third par 5 on the front side has a generous landing area off the tee. The challenge comes with the second shot, as there is a set of cross bunkers 50 yards from the green that must be negotiated. This fairly small narrow green is heavily protected by bunkers both left and right.
The closing hole on the front side is a strong par 3 with a dramatic view of Haulover Creek/Kiawah River as a backdrop. While relatively short, the wind will be a factor and come into play here more than anywhere else throughout the course. This wide green can also leave an extremely long putt if not accurate on the tee shot.
This fairway narrows in the landing area with a large oak on the right and water on the left. Players who miss the fairway to the right may end up in the old historical plantation cemetery (we request you please take a drop if you happen to end up there). Players will have a mid to short iron into this midsize undulating green.
Players will have a mid to long iron into this tiered green sloping back to front. The green is heavily guarded by bunkers with water coming into play short and right. Check your yardage for a back pin.
This straight away par 5 plays slightly uphill. Fairway bunkers guard the right and water is reachable on the left off the tee. A pot bunker guards the front of this elevated mid size green which eliminates players from seeing the putting surface from the fairway.
This relatively straight forward par 4 features a pond on the right that narrows the fairway for the longer hitters. Players will have a mid iron into this green that is guarded by a large bunker left and a smaller bunker front right.
This tree lined par 4 is the most difficult driving hole on the course. The fairway narrows dramatically the further the tee shot is hit. A fairway wood or long iron is the smart play off the tee leaving a short iron over a pond into this small green.
This par 3 over the water calls for a mid to short iron. The green is wide but not very deep. A large oak tree will come into play on left side pin positions. The large bunker running the entire front of the green or the three pot bunkers behind the green will make for a difficult up and down.
This par 4 is not overly long making accuracy a premium off the tee. The fairway bunker on the left is reachable for most and the trees can come into play on the right. Players will have a mid to short iron into this fairly small green protected by a large bunker on the right.
The final par 5 on the course can play extremely long especially into the wind. The narrow shoot from the tee makes for an intimidating tee shot. The fairway is actually very wide with a pond reachable by the longer hitters on the left. Fairway bunkers guard the landing area of the second shot. The elevated green is tiered with a severe drop from the middle of the green to the front.
The finishing hole may be the courses most intriguing. Check the yardage plate on the tee and wind conditions to make your decision on whether to lay up short of a cross hazard or try to carry it for a better look at the green on your approach. Players will have a mid to long iron into this narrow green surrounded by bunkers. Par is an excellent score here.