PGA experience for Kiawah golfers


PGA experience for Kiawah golfers
Sean Dudley

This August, golfers wanting experience playing a golf course set up for a major championship could get there wish at Kiawah Island.

For one week at the start of the month, the resort has announced, the famous Pete Dye-designed Ocean course will be set up in the manner planned for the USPGA Championship, which the course will host a year later. This will include similar green speeds, rough lengths and moving lines, plus tees set at the 7,606 yard length the PGA has indicated it expects to use during the 2012 championship.

“It’s the dream of serious golfers everywhere, whether a scratch or a 30+ handicap to play one of the world’s great courses in the same conditions as the professionals play it in a major championship,” said Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s director of golf. “During this special week, we’ll give our guests a chance to see how their games compare to the best players in the world.”

Golfers brave, or masochistic, enough to take on the challenge have the opportunity to win a two night stay in the resort’s flagship hotel, the Sanctuary, which will be awarded to the lowest net score of the week.