The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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From the back tee, the golfer is as far from the Atlantic as The Ocean Course permits, yet the view from here looks right into the rolling surf, framed between ancient live oaks that line both sides of the fairway. From the tee, the player will have to decide how much of the salt marsh he wants to bite off with his tee shot. Then, after a good drive, he will face another option - lay up short of a finger of marsh that bisects the fairway some 135 yards out from the green or fire across the hazard with a long iron or fairway wood. Either way, the third shot will be a delicate one to an elevated green set between two dune ridges, front and back.
Pete Dye's Comment:
This is the biggest diabolical thing on the whole golf course with two crossings over marshes-you can't touch those wetlands here-so that will make it a more difficult hole for guests. However, the good player has a wide-open fairway and the green should be reachable in two. There's no water around the green, nothing but sand.
This is a real test of a par-5 and a very good risk/reward hole. Most players take a driver off the tee (especially from the blue tees) to set them up for their second shot. Bite off as much as you dare. Hitting the drive right sets up a lay-up short of the waste area bisecting the second shot's landing area and a 5- to 9-iron to the green. Bite off more on the drive and a player can clear the waste area and have a pitching or sand wedge to the green. Much depends on the wind, though. The hardest part of No. 2 is the third shot. The green is very narrow and long and can be quite intimidating. You can hit a moderately good first shot and get away with it. You can even hit a moderately good second shot and get away with it. But, if you don't hit a really good third shot, you're looking at bogie or worse. During 2002's renovations, Pete Dye is adding fairway landing area for the tee shot and bulkheading the second marsh crossing about 110 yards out from the green.
* Pars/Yardages not official