The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C. USA
7,188 yards / Par 72*
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From the back tees, the canal is definitely in play as the tee shot must carry across the hazard to reach the fairway. Just how far down the canal the tee shot carries is up to the player. On the second shot, the canal continues to be a menacing factor, swallowing up even the slightest push. Again, the approach has been left open to the run-up shot. Players electing to take the "safe" route away from the water may find one of two deep, pot-bunker-like waste areas guarding the left side. A classic "Cape" hole.
Pete Dye's Comment:
There are definitely two different holes here. One hole is way back, 470 yards, and the landing area is very wide, about 180 feet. There's marsh on the right side of the dunes. You have to play it left to right off the tee. The green, again, comes right out of the fairway with no elevation change and there's 70-80 feet to run it onto a green of about 7,000 square feet. It's a severe golf hole from 470. But I built another tee, 400 yards or so, with a very narrow landing area. Players might get timid and hit an iron off that tee. It's a good hole from either tee.
Another risk/reward drive. You can bite off as much as you dare. There's a fairway pot bunker that comes into play as well. The green, with water on the right and bunkers on the left, is long and narrow where pin placement can make club selection problematic. From the whites it's a very short hole but has a very narrow landing area. The rear Tournament tee box was greatly expanded in 2002, providing a multitude of options for tournament setup. In 2003, Dye altered the fairway pot bunker, removing the dunes grasses, elevating it and splitting it into two bunkers making it much more visible and, if hit, more challenging.
* Pars/Yardages not official