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The Ocean Course

Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 12 Kiawah Beach Dr, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC 29455-5677
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+1 800-576-1570

Highly recommended golf course with dramatic views of the Atlantic.

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Reason this course is rated 3rd in the USA

If you are looking for a course that gives you the Ocean view for 16 of the 18 holes... This is your place! It's not cheap but worth every penny you will spend!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a course that gives you the Ocean view for 16 of the 18 holes... This is your place! It's not cheap but worth every penny you will spend!

Thank ca225
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply put, one of the best challenges in all of golf. Winds can whip off the shore and make 3-4 club difference from one day to the next. Definitely in the Pete Dye spirit, with punishing mistakes if you short side yourself. Greens tough to read, so listen to your caddy.

Thank Richard K
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Went to Kiawah Resort last weekend and played the Ocean Course with my brothers-in-law and my father-in-law. We stayed in the Villas, which were very nice. Upon arriving at the Ocean Course, we were blown away by the views. Our caddies, Will and Scott, were incredible. They gave us great advice the entire round and were great at reading the... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Rude security guard refused to let us through the gate. I was heading to the club to meet with my boss and discuss bringing our conference there in March. This guy said something about electricity, and that I needed to turn around and leave. I told him that I was meeting someone there, and he said too bad, and that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We were participating in the December 2016 Kiawah Marathon and my wife noticed a special rate for runners. I'm glad she did! We were greeted very warmly by the golf staff, and they allowed me to move back the tee time so we could have lunch before playing. We began the afternoon with lunch in the Ryder Cup bar with... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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338 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The Ocean Course is a bucket list course like St Andrews, Pebble Beach or Pinehurst. It is a true links course very similar to Scottish Golf Courses but with more water. The layout is challenging but there are several tees for average to accomplished golfers. The winds were about 25 mph when we played which added to the challenge. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We have played many of the top 50 courses in the world and this definitely makes it to my top 10. Immaculate condition (but then again it is nearly $400 a round) and a great layout. Challenging enough but not ridiculous. Bring a good game and if you are a decent female player (250 yard drives, single HC), do pick... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Played a couple of rounds here. One of my favourite courses, but one that asks for your best game. If you play this for the first time, use a caddie. Some of the holes don't play just like they look.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I have wanted to play this course since i first saw it on Ryder Cup 1991. We had a superb day and the overall experience was 100% top-notch. Understandably it is pretty expensive, but well worth it, as a once in a lifetime game of golf. This was the BEST course i have played in the USA, better than Pebble... More 

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Ireland, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

You can only play after midday here if you wish to take a golf buggy and a fore caddy is mandatory Cart path only so not really an enjoyable experience when you have to guess which club to take to your ball. Forecaddy was inclined to rush us as his objective was to get around in record time. He gets... More 

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