The popular Ocean Course on Kiawah Island is long, complicated, and beautiful. It’s also entertaining, as long as you don’t mind getting your game (and pride) a little battered. Even better, it’s open to the public!
That’s right. The Ocean Course is at Kiawah Island Golf Resort — one of the resort’s five courses — and it’s easy to book a tee time, as you’ll hear many times during the 2021 PGA Championship broadcast. The Ocean Course, designed by Pete Dye, opened in 1991 and later that year hosted one of the most unforgettable Ryder Cups ever. The PGA Tour first visited in 2012 (Rory McIlroy won), and it will return this week for the second time.
What Makes Kiawah Island such a great golfing experience?
What makes the Ocean Course, site of the 2021 PGA Championship, and Kiawah Island so special? GOLF’s writers and editors share their first-hand knowledge.
For as much as we love to see glimpses of Augusta National or Shinnecock Hills or Oakmont through our TV screens, most of us will never play there. That’s what makes public major venues so great — the accessibility.
The Ocean Course ranked sixth on GOLF’s recently unveiled Top 100 Courses You Can Play ranking, only beaten out by other stalwarts like Bethpage Black (No. 5), Cabot Cliffs (No. 4), Pacific Dunes (No. 3), Pinehurst No. 2 (No. 2) and Pebble Beach (No. 1).
So how much will an Ocean Course tee time cost you? There are plenty of stay-and-play packages and discounts for those staying on property versus those popping in off the street, but the most you’ll pay is $463, which is the seventh-most expensive tee time on our Top 100 Courses You Can Play list. (TPC Sawgrass is the most expensive, at a $720 max price.) There’s also recommended caddie gratuity you’d have to pay, if you take a caddie, but a looper might not be a bad idea when playing a brute like the Ocean Course.
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