This is a must play course for any golfer wanting to truly test their skill level.
Kiawah Island is ten miles of wide, immaculate, oceanfront beach resort and boast the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere, with ten running along the Atlantic and the other eight, parallel to them.
It was a course, originally planned to sit behind the sand dunes, until the designers wide suggested they raise the course to give players unobstructed views of the coastline from every hole. This may have resulted in an incredible and most sought after course to play, but of course the Atlantic breeze is unpredictable and can be quite intense and play is absolutely affected by the wind here.
From one round to the next, you can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending entirely upon the wind’s direction and strength. And as there are no prevailing winds, there are two course designed into one that will suit either the Easterly or Westerly as it blows through.
The iconic course’s combination of huge sand dunes, thorny marshes, devilish pot bunkers and slick greens can reduce even the game’s best to gibbering wrecks. It’s so tough that when the Ryder Cup was staged here in 1991 the game’s very best players including Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples and Payne Stewart were winning holes with double-bogeys.