The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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Three wind-pruned live oaks frame the far side of the fairway on this par-four. The perfect drive is one directly at the center oak with a slight draw, eliminating trouble in the form of a waste bunker and small pond to the left. The approach is played to a green open in front, but protected left and right by more sand.
Pete Dye's Comment:
This plays best right to left off the tee, with wind off your left shoulder. It's one of the most demanding driving holes from way back, the fairway only 120 feet wide with sand on both sides. The landing area is not very generous. But there is nothing in front of the green so you can roll a ball onto it. The green is not elevated, but has a severe bunker on the left, two-thirds of the way back. It should be no problem for the better players if they drive in the fairway.
While most of the holes place a premium on driving, the hardest part of this hole is the second shot. Players must be on the right part of the green to score well here. It's a very deep green with a lot of undulation.
In 1997, quite a bit of room was added to the right side of the approach. While most players won't notice the change, it greatly improved the esthetics of the hole. The fairway was also enlarged all the way down the right side.
* Pars/Yardages not official