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16 PAR 5 555 YARDS


A straight-forward par 5, No. 16 requires players to carry a pond to reach a terraced fairway that is higher on the right side since the left side drops down and leaves a blind shot to the second landing area. The advantage is to play down the right side and have a panoramic view of the second shot. A long, shallow waste bunker guards the second shot to the right, with another waste bunker, this one much deeper, guarding the left side of the green, which is perched on a dune ridge.


Course Insight Kiawah


Island Resort


(Ocean Course)


The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosted the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and will host the 2012 PGA Championship, becoming just the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships. It also hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup, the so-called “War by the Shore.” Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah


The variety of teeing areas nestled around a lake on this par 3 allows for the green to be approached from some 90 degrees. The target appears narrow, and is protected by water to the right from the left tee position, and the wide but shallow green is guarded by a lake from the right. Any shot that finds the putting surface here is a good play and players hitting over the green may well wind up in the dunes.


17 PAR 3 221 YARDS


Island, the course was designed by celebrated golf course architect Pete Dye with a considerable assist from his wife, Alice, and it has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere—10 right along the Atlantic Ocean with the other eight running parallel to those. Interestingly, the original plan was to route the course through the sand dunes, but at Alice Dye’s suggestion, the holes were elevated to offer consistently stunning views of the ocean—which also served to bring the constantly changing winds more dramatically into play. For you movie buffs out there, The Ocean


Course made its cinematic debut in 2000 in The Legend of Bagger Vance. Many people think the course was the star of the movie.


Tournament Record 265, David Toms, 2001


18 PAR 4 462 YARDS


With the Atlantic hard to the right, the home hole is one of the strongest par 4s on the course. Players drive to a fairway that runs up then falls away to the right, the best place to position your drive, since it allows an approach to an elevated green that is open from the right and runs off to the back left. The wind will determine whether players fire at the flag with medium irons or are forced to go at the green with long irons, hybrids or fairway woods—a daunting proposition. It is Pete Dye’s favorite par 4 on the course.


Tournament 18-Hole Record 63, Bruce Crampton, 1975 (Firestone CC); Raymond Floyd, 1982 (Southern Hills CC); Gary Player, 1984 (Shoal Creek CC); Vijay Singh, 1993 (Inverness CC); Brad Faxon, Michael Bradley, 1995 (Riviera CC); José María Olazábal, 2000 (Valhalla GC); Mark O’Meara, 2001 (Atlanta Athletic Club); Thomas Bjorn, 2005 (Baltusrol GC); Tiger Woods, 2007 (Southern Hills CC); Steve Stricker, 2011 (Atlanta Athletic Club)


TNT • CBS


Ticket Information www.pga.com/


pgachampionship/2012 www.pgatour.com PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2012 173


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