Friday, August 10, 2012

Kiawah's Ocean Course & DeBordieu

With all eyes on Kiawah for this week's PGA Championship Golf Tournament, I thought it might be fun to compare the Ocean Course with DeBordieu Club's private course. Both are Pete Dye courses, and both are absolutely gorgeous. I invited DeBordieu's Head Golf Professional, Shawn Roper, to make the comparison.

"Comparing the similarities of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island SC and the DeBordieu Club in Georgetown SC is a relatively easy task. The Pete Dye (Kiawah) and the Pete & P.B. Dye (DeBordieu) designs share a number of similarities.
Both were designed in the mid to late eighties in coastal developments in South Carolina. The layouts are both links designs with elements like waste areas, pot bunkers, dune like hills and an abundance of water. Both layouts share wide forgiving fairways, small protected greens, and ever present winds that alter the playing environment on a day to day basis. One of the obvious visual similarities is the railroad ties and bulk heads that have become a staple in Dye’s championship venues. Obviously, the Ocean Course was designed to be a test to the highest level of golfers, with the course stretching out over 7,800 yards and with its proximity to the ocean golfers are subject to more penalizing playing conditions. DeBordieu, more of a subtle test, still challenges most at over 7,200 yards from the Back Tees, while guiding you through and abundance of oaks, pines and ever present wildlife."
Thanks Shawn!
For more information about the private golf course at DeBordieu Club, and the membership opportunities, give me a call at 843-455-4523, or email me at

DeBordieu Colony is an oceanfront community located just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina that features private golf and tennis, saltwater creek access to the ocean, a manned security gate, and luxury homes and villas surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife and nature preserves.

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