The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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With its serpentine fairway looking something like a backward 'S,' No. 11 requires the golfer to avoid waste bunkers that guard the inside of each turn. The area to the right of the driving area is especially troublesome because of its depth. Two good shots should set up a short approach to a deep green set high atop a dune ridge and guarded in front by more deep bunkers. If this hole is playing downwind, a good second shot could set up a run at an eagle
Pete Dye's Comment:
A strong par 5, but here again the driving area is very liberal. If you hit a bad drive, sand dunes on the right are very severe. Players must hit the fairway, but there's no reason not to. The second shot must be placed in a very narrow area to get into position to pitch to the green. The green is slightly offset and they'll be coming at it sideways. It's an elevated green and drops off sharply. But holding the green should be easy, except from the right-hand side of the fairway.
This is a good par-5 with a lot of risk/reward. Dye's 2003 changes tempt the better player to go for this green in two and makes the hole a bit more forgiving for the average resort player. Dye made substantial changes to the transition areas on the right side of the fairway, reclaiming some of the original bunker lines. This will give the average player a better chance at recovery if their ball slices into that area.
Dye also changed the greenside transition area to the left of the green by reclaiming some of the fairway at around 70-100 yards out but adding a pot bunker just short of the green to catch those attempting to reach the green in two.
This is the hole that caused Annika Sorenstam's loss in the Shell Wonderful World of Golf matches in 1998.
* Pars/Yardages not official