The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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After four holes to the east, the course turns back to the west for its first par-3. With the Stono River Inlet and Folly Beach to his back, the player surveys an hourglass shaped green running away diagonally from the right. A sandy waste area runs from the tee to green ending in a steep face that cuts into the middle of the hourglass. Because of the green's size, it is important to take the club that will reach the correct half of the green and avoid a putt over a large hump in the middle.
Pete Dye's Comment:
The majority of time, the wind is out of the southwest and off your left shoulder. It's a great big green, about 10,000 square feet. It's so big; it's really two greens. The better player will go at it with a 3- or 4-iron. The wind will be the only factor. There is a bailout area on the right for a guest player and even he should come out with par. But there's sand on the front-left side of the green.
A great strategic hole. Plenty of room to bail out on the right. It can tease you with a pin on the left. It is a gigantic green, running away from the player left to right. There can be as much as a 3 to 4 club difference depending upon pin location.
In 1997, quite a bit of turf was added to the left and the back of the green. It used to be very narrow there. The white tee was also enlarged providing more options for the average player.
* Pars/Yardages not official