The Ocean Course

The Grass is Greener


September 24, 2019

Since the mid-‘90s, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has dedicated upward of $80 million to capital improvements to their five public championship courses—ensuring the links remain in tip-top shape for the island’s sea of avid golfers.

Most notably, to date all five courses have completed the conversion from Bermuda to Platinum Paspalum grass—a change universally praised by visitors and tour pros, including PGA Champion Rory McIlroy, who became the first golfer to win a major championship on the varietal in 2012. The hosting Ocean Course by Pete Dye was one of the first in the United States to make the transition to the seaside-friendly grass. Since then, the additional four world-class courses under Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s purview have followed suit.

We’ve provided a timeline of the last five years’ major improvements, so you can tee up in the know.

2017
Cougar Point by Gary Player undertakes an extensive, 10-month renovation. The updates include: regrassing the greens, tees, and fairways with paspalum (like the Ocean Course), laser leveling all tee boxes including the practice range, rebuilding all bunkers and updating the course irrigation.

2016
Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus enjoys an overhaul: The greens, tees and fairways are re-grassed to paspalum; green complexes and bunkers are rebuilt; the tee boxes are laser leveled and the course irrigation is reestablished.

2015
Oak Point by Clyde Johnston closes for six-month renovation, which includes regrassing the course with paspalum, reshaping the greens and tees and recontouring the bunkers and fairways.

2014
Osprey Point sees complete renovation approved by course architect Tom Fazio. The renovation included regrassing of tees, fairways and greens with paspalum, as well as renovating a number of fairways for irrigation and playability and shifting bunker placement.

Ownership at Timbers Kiawah means not having to lift a finger to receive exclusive access to the best activities on the island, including its world-class golf courses. Each new oceanfront residence comes standard with personalized concierge, so your tee times and dinner reservations are booked before you arrive. Contact us to discover what ownership means at Kiawah’s only private residence club and to enjoy the perks and privileges as only an Owner can.