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GOLF GUIDE


KIAWAH ISL AND, SOUTH CAROLINA F


amed for the 1991 ‘War on the Shore’ when Bernhard Langer missed a six-foot put to retain the Ryder Cup, The Ocean Course


at Kiawah is a course that’s famed the world over. For younger golfers with shorter memories, more recently it was where Rory McIlroy’s eight-stroke victory in the 2012 PGA Championship. The same tournament returns in 2021. A Pete Dye Lowcountry masterpiece, the


Ocean is actually one of five resort and two private courses at Kiawah Island, 27 miles west of Charleston in South Carolina. The front nine features marshland and trees, with the back nine playing through the dunes. Visually it’s intimidating because most drives are aimed at angled fairways, so the ability to shape the ball both ways is an advantage. Approaches are oſten to collarless plateau greens, so errant shots roll six foot down into severe runoffs. And if the ball should run into the water, it’s best leſt there — almost every pond of any size on


Kiawah has at least one alligator. The par-3s are awesome: during the last day of the Ryder Cup, not one player hit the elevated 14th green, while the iconic 17th plays 197 yards over water, almost all carry. Of the other four resort courses, Oak Point


is perfect for a day one warm-up. The open fairways on the Gary Player-designed Cougar Point encourage ambitious driving. By day three, players are ready for Tom Fazio’s 6,932-yard Osprey Point, which plays through forests of live oak and palmetos. More challenging still, Jack Nicklaus’s 7,061-yard Turtle Point has narrow fairways, strategically placed hazards and small greens. There are houses to rent, but the heartbeat of


the resort is the magnificent 225-room Sanctuary. Southern splendour personified, it has opulent suites, a luxe spa, and — in the Ocean Room — one of the best steakhouses outside New York City. The beach is long, private and pristine.


IN BRIEF


THE DETAILS: Villa Golf Package, to include one round per day, from £167pp per night, plus a surcharge of £80 to play the Ocean Course WEBSITE: kiawahresort.com NEAREST AIRPORT: 35 miles to Charleston Airport (CHS)


The Sanctuary


192 ABTA Golf 2018


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