The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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A drive down the center or left-center to the crest of the fairway will set up a second shot to a green set down in the dunes. A sandy waste area to the left front of the green and a deeper, steep-faced waste bunker to the back guard the green that can be attacked by a variety of shots.
Pete Dye's Comment:
This tee is elevated atop a sand dune, and you can see the whole panorama of the back nine. The driving area is very liberal. The green is at ground level, and the fairway rolls right into the green. The better players will hit driver and short irons and feel they ought to birdie it. It's very comparable, but in reverse direction, to No. 1.
This is a good solid golf hole. While the drive may look intimidating, there's actually plenty of landing room as turf was added all along the left side of the fairway in 1997. This is a big risk/reward hole aiming over the waste bunker off the tee. If you miss, you're staring at the bunker's huge wall forcing the player to lay up. If you can get it over, players have a short wedge to the green.
Laying a drive out to the left means club selection into the green is everything. A collection area behind the back left of the green was added in 1997 for shots through the green.
* Pars/Yardages not official