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The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf
Resort Named “America’s Toughest Course”
by Golf Digest Magazine
Kiawah Island, SC (Monday, February 12, 2007) – Golf Digest magazine has selected
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, designed by Pete
Dye, as the most challenging course in the US in its March 2007 issue. Difficulty was
determined by using a combination of the USGA’s “Slope Rating” and “Course Rating,”
from the course’s back set of tees.
“I think any of the professionals who played in the 1991 Ryder Cup will tell you that The
Ocean Course can be a very difficult course, especially when the wind is up,” said Roger
Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and former President of the PGA of
America. “Even though Pete (Dye) has been back a number of times to make it more
playable for the average resort players, it will still provide all the challenge necessary to
make our two upcoming majors a lot of fun to watch.
In May, The Ocean Course will host the 68th Senior PGA Championship, one of the
majors of Senior golf. It is expected that the course will be set up at 7,190 yards for the
event. No decisions have been made on course setup for the 2012 PGA Championship,
which will also be held at The Ocean Course.
The Ocean Course, which plays directly along the Atlantic Ocean, has six sets of tees for
players of all levels: red tees measure 5,327 yards; green tees measure 6,044 yards; white
tees measure 6,403 yard; blue tees measure 6,769 yards; gold tees measure 7,356 yards
and the back tees which measure 7,937 yards which max-out the Slope Ranking at 155
and have a Course Rating of 79.6.
“Standing on the tee box, The Ocean Course can be very intimidating,” said Warren.
“However, in his design, Dye made a point to be fair. Everything is out in front of the
player. There are virtually no blind shots. Players need to trust the advice of their
caddie, which we provide to aid with the decision-making process. Although it is
deceptive, the fairways are extremely generous and the caddie will advise players about
the optimal angles from the tees and into the greens.”
“There’s no doubt that from the very back tees The Ocean Course presents a substantial
challenge for even the finest golfers. However, playing from the set of tees that best suits
their skill level, The Ocean Course can provide an enjoyable golf experience for virtually
any player,” said Gerard.
Tickets are on sale now for The Senior PGA Championship to be played May 22-27. For
more information, visit www.seniorpga2007.com.
Located just a short 35-minute drive from beautiful and historic Charleston, South
Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort lies along 10 miles of uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean
beach, rated as one of America’s top ten by The Travel Channel. Accommodations
include 600 villas and luxury homes and the AAA Five Diamond-rated Sanctuary at
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which includes 255 rooms, a nature-based spa, three
restaurants and handsome meeting space. The resort also features five golf courses, two
award-winning tennis complexes, and a variety of restaurants and lounges.
For more information about Kiawah Island Golf Resort, please call (888) 854-2924 or
visit online at www.kiawahgolf.com.
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