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The Ocean Course

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The Ocean Course14.5
greens • golf course • golf experience • round of golf

12 Kiawah Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455, US
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  • Photo of Paul Asel
    3 years ago
    Named one of top 5 golf courses in America by Golf Digest. Beautiful course along beach at Kiawah.
  • Photo of prakthomas
    4 months ago
    This is a Championship course, and can play from a variety of shorter tees, which I would suggest if fun is intended for the non-scratch golfer. High handicappers are likely to have a miserable time of it. Prior to 12 PM, caddies only. I played at 2PM and used a Caddie and walked, and in my opinion, that is the best way to play this course. Carts are "cart path only" which ends up involving almost as much walking as a walked round anyway. A forecaddie is required even when riding, and there is a $50 recommended caddie tip, so you won't save a great deal of $$. Walking with a caddie is far more civilized! I happened to have a spectacular round and a great caddie, Thomas, so my comments are of course biased by the great fun I had playing way beyond my abilities (HCP 9). Prepare for big wind brisk enough to affect putts. Listen to caddy's advice. Stay out of waste areas. Use putter when off the greens. They know. Enjoy the memorabilia in the Clubhouse from prior championships.
  • Photo of Tim S
    4 months ago
    Had business in Charleston and decided to go a day early and play golf at the Ocean Course at Kiawah, Island, and am I glad I did. I have played a lot of great golf courses, and this course is up near the top of the list. I was there by myself, so just told them to put me with someone. I played with a guy from Charleston, and had a great experience. We shared a caddy, and he was great. We got lucky in that the wind was pretty mild, which makes the course very playable. It is a challenge, but playable. We did have to walk as we teed off in the morning, and by the end of the round the 96 degree weather started to take its toll, but I do recommend walking the course. It is very expensive to play, as the cost of golf was $394.00, and the caddy was another $100.00, but you don't get an experience like this every day. Do yourself a favor and pay the big bucks to play one of the greatest golf courses in the US.
  • Photo of Bannybuc
    5 months ago
    Top 50 course, the bar and restaurant is also a must do. It is pricey, but it's also a PGA and Ryder Cup course. Play it, Osprey, Turtle Point, and Briar's Creek.
  • Photo of whiggy2016
    5 months ago
    Morning tee time with my son. Caddies made the round very enjoyable. The course is very challenging and very enjoyable. 18 is a. Ice challenging finish taking 3 shots with a head wind. Definitely recommend doing it once even if it is a bit pricey.
  • Photo of Tochdown
    5 months ago
    We teed it up at the Ocean Course on a Saturday morning and had a great experience. The corse was in excellent shape. The layout was better then I imagined. The property lies in a lowlands marsh area along the Atlantic Ocean. This gives it unique views from every hole. No out of bounds and no bunkers, just waste bunkers made it fun to play as well. Unless you hit in water, you can normally find the ball with the great caddie help. If not, it is played as a lateral to speed up play. It truly is one of my favorite courses. It helps that I broke 80 too! We played Osprey point that afternoon and enjoyed it as well. The island has a private feel and if you are lucky to play on a not so busy day, it felt like you are playing at a private club. 50 minute drive from downtown Charleston where we ate great dinners every night.
  • Photo of Bruce_and_Valerie
    6 months ago
    We enjoyed a great round on a very challenging course today. Wind was low, but you want to be able to place your shots on this course. Caddies are reunited for each 2 golfers
  • Photo of marenostrum
    6 months ago
    It was my first visit to Kiawah Island and I had heard so much about the Ocean Course that notwithstanding its expensive cost, it was a must play, at least once. Since it is so close to the Ocean with panoramic views of the water, you are not only blessed by these magnificent views, but also the WIND. Oh my, I have more on that later. Below are some highlights of the course followed by some more details for those who wish to obtain greater context- Extraordinary - Location, Location, Location Great- • Excellent course conditions from tee to green given the high traffic Good- • Course design and layout as well as conditions • Walking is allowed • Very Friendly staff Good to poor • Pace of play (came to a screeching halt at the 11th hole making a 3.5 hour back nine) Of Note- - The conditions were excellent the day I played a bright sun and a two-club wind that affected all the strokes. - I could not help but “feel’ that I had played on a similar course. In fact, PB Dye was inspired by the Irish course, Portmarnock near Dublin. A more detailed description is given below based on a variety of different categories, which over time, I have found to be comprehensive and provide good context for other players. Course Design and layout- 5 stars P B Dye really was able to design a great course in the abundant beachside nature. It is just excellent and keeps your busy by observing all your surroundings. I preferred the front nine to the back as I found them to have more variety between inland tress and the beach sand dunes. As the home of the Ryder Cup, the clubhouse is understated yet very attractive and offers a great venue to enjoy the views (and the frequent weddings that use the area towards the 18th green). The chipping, putting and driving range are close by. So, you find all the golfing activity within a very close radius. I must say that there is nothing better than playing with a caddie and well worth the $100. They work very hard and are equally good. I can attribute at least five strokes saved by the advice, especially the putts, from my caddie. The tee choices are perfect for players of all levels permitting one’s personal choice of a challenging round. From the tips, Tournament, it measures 7,400 yards posting a par 77.3 with a slope of 144. I’m sure that this has no allowance for the wind. No need to struggle on vacation, so I chose the Dye tees measuring 6,475 with a par 72 and a 134 slope. My favorite hole was hole 5 par 3 with was straight towards the beach and into the wind. This hole was inspired by a similar par three at Portmarnock on the Irish Sea. Conditions- 5 stars The course receives so much play. It is exemplary in condition from tee to green. The greens are fast and roll true. Kudos to the course staff! Price- “gulp” …swallow hard because it’s expensive …. Tee times before 12 noon, you are required to walk and a caddie is mandatory. Yet after 12 noon, you can use a cart and a forecaddie. The price for these varies slightly. But if you are going, walking with a caddie is worth the experience and the $465 cost. Pace of Play- 5 stars on the front 9 and 1.5 stars for the back nine On the front nine we zoomed through a 2:05 for a foursome. A great pace of play and enjoyable. But on the 11th hole, we came to a screeching halt which was so painful. We concluded the back nine at 3.5 hours with just enough daylight left. Too bad. Staff- 4.5+ stars The staff is very friendly and helpful for newcomers like me. They take pride in showing off the course. In summary, this is a course that should be played at least once with a caddie. It is a wonderful experience.
  • Photo of Tony T
    6 months ago
    One of the great public courses in the US - equal to Bandon courses. It's pricey but worth it. Use a caddy and walk the course - not a difficult walk if it's not too hot. Ocean Views- particularly on the back nice are fantastic. Suggest you play in the morning when it is not likely to be windy. Excellent practice facilities so get there well in advance of your tee time. We played the two private courses on this trip - both were great and had excellent clubhouse facilities. But The Ocean Course was my favorite. Enjoy!
  • Photo of TheHungryDetective
    6 months ago
    The Hungry Detective and wife walked a couple holes on a Tuesday afternoon. There is a reason the Ocean Course ends up on the Golf Digests top 100 golf courses year after year!!! The number 17 par three is one of the prettiest holes you will ever play!!!
  • Photo of Geoff M
    7 months ago
    Every hole a stunning vista with challenges on each shot,we thoroughly enjoyed our round. When we travel on golf trips, its always a challenge. I'm a low handicapper and my wife is new to the game. While daunting off the back tees (carry's from the tournament tees were often 200+ yards into good winds), it was equally challenging from the front tees. One of Pete Dyes best creations makes it a great test of golf with all the elements in play. Our caddy Hunter was great for me with yardages and reads and fantastic for my wife with encouragement and positive reinforcement. We played in the morning before the wind became really heavy, for the sadists I'd suggest a later tee time. Looking forward to returning to this fantastic walking course.
  • Photo of Pastorilko
    7 months ago
    With caddie Walter ( try to ask for him ) we had really nice time on this beautiful very well treated golf course. Clubhouse terrace with ocean and course view is worth to visiting it as well.
  • Photo of Liz J
    7 months ago
    Played the Ocean Course a few days ago. What a great experience. We were lucky it was quite a calm day so we didn't have too much wind to contend with. We had carts and a caddie, Mitchell, who was very knowledgable and good fun. The views are just spectacular and the course is in immaculate condition. Definitely one to add to your golfing bucket list.
  • Photo of H4548UXdenisb
    7 months ago
    I had the pleasure to spend a day on the course but didnt swing a club. I was the photographer for a group. I can honestly say it was tough to not want to ask each group to play along. If the wind is not blowing the course is tough; but if it is, you are in for a battle since its long and has an unforgiving rough Wind or not, you cant beat the views and course layout It also seemed that the caddies wer not only fun but knowledable. All the foursome I shot wanted them included in their photos
  • Photo of Chris W
    7 months ago
    Golfers dream to walk in the footsteps of so many professionals. My caddie - Nick, was fantastic from checking out my swing on the range, to giving sensible advice, reading what seemed to me almost impossible lines on the greens and helpful coaching tips for getting out of the sand and waste areas. It was a fairly calm day - wind at about 15mph which helped, but just for the experience of playing such a course, in magnificent condition, I would thoroughly recommend it. Fabulous all round experience
  • Photo of JIM_OHouston_TX
    7 months ago
    Playing the OC was a fantastic experience. One of the most enjoyable aspects was having Ben as a caddie. He is a great guy and was very enthusiastic in helping me do my best through club selection, putting guidance and just plain good advice. Kudos, Ben.
  • Photo of Brian S
    7 months ago
    The is a golfers dream, a fantastic course in spectacular condition. Having a Caddy with this round was AWESOME, helped me make this course more enjoyable and playable. Played my best round ever.
  • Photo of Alan D
    8 months ago
    The Ocean Course at Kiawah is in my top 5 golf courses in the world and I am fortunate that this is my third game there. We walked the course with our caddy Rob who was spot on with his advice on yardage, position play and green reading. We played off the Dye tees which were enough of a challenge for us on a breezy day. The scenery and wildlife are breathtaking and it is remarkable that someone would even think about putting a golf course here. If you get the chance, don't hesitate, play this course!
  • Photo of Tom G
    9 months ago
    Even the driving range and putting green are on the ocean. Amazing views, challenging golf - although very fair if you play the appropriate tees. Take a caddie, their knowledge and insight are totally worth it - plus, the best experience is from walking this amazing layout and lets you fully take in all the course and the views have to offer. My caddie Dave was fantastic. Cannot say enough about him and what he added to the experience. Provided helpful local knowledge, took him just a hole or two to understand my game, its limits and strengths (if any). Caddie is there for you from the time you hit the range until you hole your last putt. A great experience. I encourage you to request Dave when you make you tee time. We paired up with another group at the turn, their caddie, Jeff (doing a double) also did what appeared to be a commendable job. Later that day, met Jack (who is also a waiter in the Atlantic Room - the upscale restaurant in the Ocean Course clubhouse) who shared what appeared to be great course knowledge - if nothing else (and if you have the means) I also fully attest to the experience of dinner in the Atlantic Room and Jack as your waiter. A great day from start to finish. Be ready for some wind to impact club selection, especially on the back nine - regardless it is part of the challenge and personality that is the Ocean Course. There is a reason it has hosted a Ryder Cup and two PGA Championships and another in a few years. Thanks to one and all at the Ocean Course!
  • Photo of ca225
    10 months ago
    If you are looking for a course that gives you the Ocean view for 16 of the 18 holes... This is your place! It's not cheap but worth every penny you will spend!
  • Photo of Richard K
    10 months ago
    Simply put, one of the best challenges in all of golf. Winds can whip off the shore and make 3-4 club difference from one day to the next. Definitely in the Pete Dye spirit, with punishing mistakes if you short side yourself. Greens tough to read, so listen to your caddy.

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