The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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Two marsh carries are required to master what can be the toughest hole on the outward nine. Trust the white post that shows the line for the drive. There is a very wide landing area. Then, depending on the wind, the second shot to a large, nearly round green can be played with nearly any club in the bag, from an eight iron up. Playing against the wind, players may opt to bail out to the left of this green and try to save par with a chip or even a putt from the extended collar area. Ranked as one of Golf Magazine's Par 2000 "Best 500 Holes in Golf."
Pete Dye's Comment:
We've added bunkers-sand area, actually, where you can ground your club-to the left side and the hole is much better defined. The tee shot opens up left to right, with at least 170 feet of the fairway to hit. This is one of the longer 4s; players will have to let it fly. It's strictly a driving hole. There is a bailout area in the front left of the green. If the pin is on the left side of the green, you can bounce it on.
This hole is just hard. It requires a good drive for a chance to reach the green in two. However, long-hitters should beware of driving through the fairway, especially downwind. There's more room on the right than appears from the tee. Then, expect to hit a mid- to long-iron, depending on the wind, into the green.
During 2002's renovations, Pete Dye is adding landing area to the left side of the fairway and three pot bunkers to the right. This turns the hole more left-to-right, giving a better angle into the green. The second marsh crossing is being expanded to about 100 yards to the green.
* Pars/Yardages not official