(Kiawah Island, S.C.) April 20, 2012—One Pete Dye gem has replaced another of the master architect’s work as the best golf course in South Carolina in balloting by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which will play host to the PGA Championship this summer, moved to No. 1 in the state rankings, edging The Sea Pine Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links for the top spot.

“As always, there are so many outstanding golf courses that you’re really splitting hairs,” Michael Whitaker, the organization’s executive director, said in releasing the rankings at the panel’s annual spring awards ceremony Sunday, March 25 at the Daniel Island Club.

Designed by Dye and opened for the 1991 Ryder Cup matches, the Ocean Course has been named the nation’s toughest course by two national publications. The crown jewel of Kiawah Island Golf Resort adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean will be tested by the game’s best player in the PGA… the first men’s major championship in the state.

Defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley met with the media at The Ocean Course, where he talked about his life since his improbably major championship victory last August at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Kiawah Island
Located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, along 10 miles of pristine beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The publication also named Kiawah as the No. 3 overall resort on the U.S. Mainland. Tennis magazine named it the No. 3 tennis resort in the U.S. Kiawah Island is also known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S., and its beach was named one of the 10 best beaches in America by famed “beachologist,” Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach.

In addition to The Sanctuary, the resort manages over 500 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and this year’s PGA Championship. Lots priced from $300,000; Villas/Cottages priced from $300,000; Homes from $700,000.

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