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#31 jayman2982

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 09:56 AM

If you have an early am tee time you have to walk. I would take a caddie regardless. Just makes the whole day easier. Be prepared to play into the wind for like 10  or so holes if the range is downwind.  When you turn back towards the house you will be into the the wind till hole 14. Makes for a long day. Course really isn't that difficult if its not a gale. If you're staying off Island allow at least a half hour to get through both gates and to the course. I would play Cougar Point as well if you are going to play more than one course on the Island.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:00 AM

Yes, at least half an hour. It's a lovely drive but you have to go slow and it takes a while.

If you catch the Ocean Course on a day when the wind is no more than 15-18mph (which is typical of a lot of days but it can also be MUCH windier) then it's one of most flexible courses I know of in terms of choosing different tees to match just how much of a challenge you're up for.

You can play the normal length you'd play back home or slightly shorter and it's a difficult course but not at all unplayable in a 15mph breeze. There is room to maneuver unless you're hitting the ball sideways. If you play it a bit farther back than you might at your home course it will be a brute. One set of tees, a few hundred yards of course length, makes more difference at the Ocean Course than at most places.
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:57 AM

With the exception of 14, 17, and 18 the course is not overly difficult if you play the correct tees and have a caddie (typical for Dye courses).  The real trick is that the "ocean breeze" is really much stronger than it feels i(especially compared to a normal inland course) and you have to significantly club up or down.  A caddie is key at helping judge this.  

During my first round there I had 6 birdies.  Granted by best score in 7 rounds there is an 80 (no birdies that round) .... due to 14 and 17...  that being said they were all in the low 80s.  The tee shot on 17 maybe the hardest shot in golf (unless you have pro level sand play, then you can bail out left).

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 05:06 PM

I was able to get out to the range to test out the back and thankfully is feeling much better. I'll be playing the Ocean tees and my only decision now is whether I should bag the 2i or the hybrid.
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 02:37 PM

View PostDowntown_Brown_41, on 01 February 2018 - 05:06 PM, said:

I was able to get out to the range to test out the back and thankfully is feeling much better. I'll be playing the Ocean tees and my only decision now is whether I should bag the 2i or the hybrid.

haha the 2i for the win :)

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:37 PM

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 01:51 PM

All I can say is wow! What a great course and experience. I teed off at 9:20 and it was 37* with winds around 15mph and no sun. The sun finally came out and it was bearable but I didn't even care. My caddie was Wade and he was great to say the least. It was certainly a tale of 2 nines. I went out in 41 and then lost focus and my game went into the toilet and came in at 51 lol. I had a couple of bad breaks but I didn't even care since the scenery was so perfect. The course was a brute but it was gettable if you were on. I just can't putt to save my life
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 03:37 PM

If the wind is blowing (it will be, just depend how much) bring some extra balls...i went to play one day and turned around bc the pins were bending down to the green. It's a beautiful course and a blast to play. Since you're playing it for the first time I'd suggest getting a caddy. if your irons are on you can score, just make sure you play the correct tees. #17 is beautiful, #2 is a great hole. The back is probably better than the front.16-18 is probably the best stretch of closing holes I've ever played. If you have the time try and get over to Cougar Point.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 01:34 AM

16-18 was by far the best closing holes I have played. It was 15mph ion our faces and I almost missed the ball on my teeshot on 18. I had 260 in lol. The first time I have gone driver 3wood on a par 4, humbling
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:42 PM

2nd WSP. Cougar and Osprey are both great tracks if you have the time. I live close and play them all.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:18 AM

Who's played ocean recently? I have a tee time next Sunday the 18th. Weather looks pretty good, how are course conditions?

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:23 AM

the course is in great condition. It was a sunny morning for me, a bit chilly and windy but the walking kept me warm
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:09 AM

I played Cougar two weeks ago, and Osprey last week, both the morning after fairly good rains, and the courses were in superb condition.  I would expect nothing less on The Ocean.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldnít see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didnít see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. 🦅😲

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:11 AM

Congrats on the Eagle!!   My son and I are heading down in April and really looking forward to it!!   We will be in HHI for the week and doing a day trip up.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:17 PM

View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldn’t see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didn’t see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ��
What is the typical yardage difference to the course? I normally play 6600 to 6800 yards. I drive around 285 or so. 7 iron is a 175 club. Would I be better yo play the 6700 or 6400, or does it depend on the wind?

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:35 PM

We played the 6400 yard Dye tees. None of us hit it 285 regularly, but it was gettable on Sunday with no wind. I hit a lot of 9i and PW into greens and it seemed like every par 3 was playing ~160.

Contrast that with last year when it was windy. On the par 5 11th, we went:  driver, hybrid, hybrid, wedge.

I think playing the correct tees and no wind allowed me to score well, making it more enjoyable than the @ss whipping the course gave me last year.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 10:39 AM

View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldn't see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didn't see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ����

Congrats on the eagle! I played there a couple weeks ago and holed out on 10 for eagle, about 165 out.  Went 45-37, needless to say, that eagle on 10 turned my round around.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:23 AM

View Postmci711, on 15 February 2018 - 10:39 AM, said:

View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldn't see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didn't see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ����

Congrats on the eagle! I played there a couple weeks ago and holed out on 10 for eagle, about 165 out.  Went 45-37, needless to say, that eagle on 10 turned my round around.

Nice! 10 is a bear if there is ANY wind.
Ironically, I went 44-38 with the eagle on the 44 (AEFU!).

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 07:39 AM

View Postgeauxtigers777, on 14 February 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldn’t see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didn’t see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ��
What is the typical yardage difference to the course? I normally play 6600 to 6800 yards. I drive around 285 or so. 7 iron is a 175 club. Would I be better yo play the 6700 or 6400, or does it depend on the wind?

definitely depends on wind. If you legitimately hit a drive around 285 and you are good at driving I would play the tees one back from the ocean tees. I have played from there and it wasn't terrible (avg drive of about 245-250). playing into the wind can get brutal, but if you have a decent swing or can hit long irons off the tee then you shouldn't have to worry too much

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 07:30 PM

View PostPapa Johick, on 16 February 2018 - 07:39 AM, said:

View Postgeauxtigers777, on 14 February 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldn’t see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didn’t see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ��
What is the typical yardage difference to the course? I normally play 6600 to 6800 yards. I drive around 285 or so. 7 iron is a 175 club. Would I be better yo play the 6700 or 6400, or does it depend on the wind?

definitely depends on wind. If you legitimately hit a drive around 285 and you are good at driving I would play the tees one back from the ocean tees. I have played from there and it wasn't terrible (avg drive of about 245-250). playing into the wind can get brutal, but if you have a decent swing or can hit long irons off the tee then you shouldn't have to worry too much
What an awesome course. Absolutely pristine conditions. The wind was blowing out of the North, so finishing holes were directly back into it. The wind today was playing a 50 yard wind. 17 was playing 155 from the Dye tees and I hit a knock down 4 iron left (probably 205 swing) of the green. Unbelievable. 18 was literally unreachable in 2. A guy in our group drilled a drive that normally would go around 290. He still had 220 to the hole. He drilled a 2 iron (240 club) and was probably 15 yards short. Just a beast of a course.

I have never putted on such great greens. Minimal grain, so they held their line every time. I can't give this course enough accolades.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 09:05 PM

17 & 18 are bears. I hit 2i off the backs on 17 into the 2nd bunker and then went driver m, 3wood on 18. The greens are very true. Iím glad you enjoyed it
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Posted 19 February 2018 - 06:52 AM

View Postgeauxtigers777, on 18 February 2018 - 07:30 PM, said:

View PostPapa Johick, on 16 February 2018 - 07:39 AM, said:

View Postgeauxtigers777, on 14 February 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldn’t see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didn’t see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ��
What is the typical yardage difference to the course? I normally play 6600 to 6800 yards. I drive around 285 or so. 7 iron is a 175 club. Would I be better yo play the 6700 or 6400, or does it depend on the wind?

definitely depends on wind. If you legitimately hit a drive around 285 and you are good at driving I would play the tees one back from the ocean tees. I have played from there and it wasn't terrible (avg drive of about 245-250). playing into the wind can get brutal, but if you have a decent swing or can hit long irons off the tee then you shouldn't have to worry too much
What an awesome course. Absolutely pristine conditions. The wind was blowing out of the North, so finishing holes were directly back into it. The wind today was playing a 50 yard wind. 17 was playing 155 from the Dye tees and I hit a knock down 4 iron left (probably 205 swing) of the green. Unbelievable. 18 was literally unreachable in 2. A guy in our group drilled a drive that normally would go around 290. He still had 220 to the hole. He drilled a 2 iron (240 club) and was probably 15 yards short. Just a beast of a course.

I have never putted on such great greens. Minimal grain, so they held their line every time. I can't give this course enough accolades.

Reading this thread is going to cost me a bunch of money pretty soon. I can feel it coming!
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Posted 19 February 2018 - 07:25 AM

View PostNorth Butte, on 19 February 2018 - 06:52 AM, said:

View Postgeauxtigers777, on 18 February 2018 - 07:30 PM, said:

View PostPapa Johick, on 16 February 2018 - 07:39 AM, said:

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View Postfsutanker, on 11 February 2018 - 09:28 PM, said:

Just got home from Kiawah:
Turtle - greens were in bad shape, they had just punched.
Cougar - great condition.  Greens were still very firm with lots of rollout. Rolled true on putts though.
Osprey - great condition, but some areas were soggy from the rain
Ocean - great condition. Very foggy today the entire round. Couldnít see the flag from the tee box on most holes. Just had to trust where the caddie told you to hit it. However there was NO wind today so some good scores were posted.
Humble brag - got my first hole out eagle ever from 125 yds on hole 1. Could barely see the green and flag so didnít see it go in. Got to the green and saw two ball marks but only one ball. ��
What is the typical yardage difference to the course? I normally play 6600 to 6800 yards. I drive around 285 or so. 7 iron is a 175 club. Would I be better yo play the 6700 or 6400, or does it depend on the wind?

definitely depends on wind. If you legitimately hit a drive around 285 and you are good at driving I would play the tees one back from the ocean tees. I have played from there and it wasn't terrible (avg drive of about 245-250). playing into the wind can get brutal, but if you have a decent swing or can hit long irons off the tee then you shouldn't have to worry too much
What an awesome course. Absolutely pristine conditions. The wind was blowing out of the North, so finishing holes were directly back into it. The wind today was playing a 50 yard wind. 17 was playing 155 from the Dye tees and I hit a knock down 4 iron left (probably 205 swing) of the green. Unbelievable. 18 was literally unreachable in 2. A guy in our group drilled a drive that normally would go around 290. He still had 220 to the hole. He drilled a 2 iron (240 club) and was probably 15 yards short. Just a beast of a course.

I have never putted on such great greens. Minimal grain, so they held their line every time. I can't give this course enough accolades.

Reading this thread is going to cost me a bunch of money pretty soon. I can feel it coming!

  I'me lucky enough to live close, about 35 minutes.  Go down with fam a few evenings/ year just to hang out on back veranda and putt with my son on practice green and watch guys come in on 18.  Actually told wife this morning we should go this weekend, forecast for 75 deg. All week.  Gotta get a few $12 beers , but worth it!

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:16 AM

Made our tee time for April!!   Should be a great day.   A little nervous as we are driving up from HHI so we are tee'ing up at 1.   Probably right into the teeth of the wind.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 10:56 AM

I played there last April. Had a great time. Listen to your caddy he will save you a few strokes. Special note: As this was one of my first times playing a course with the potential to running into a reptile that could make me his snack I was a little nervous at first.  My caddy calmed me down and said "oh don't worry about the alligators its the water moccasin's you need to stay away from.  Great,  now I got to think about snakes too.  Shot a 78 from the mid tees.

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 12:43 PM

LOL!  My wife hates losing golf balls.  She's pretty good so not a big issue, but I have pulled her out of the weeds many a time down in SC!!

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 06:08 PM

Losing balls isnít a huge issue most of the holes. Obviously it happens but I would say out of the Kiawah courses, the ocean may be the hardest to lose a ball in my opinion haha. But again, I have driven it pretty well the 6 or 7 times Iíve played it. The holes I have lost balls on though are the same. I have always lost a ball on 13 and 12 haha.

Proud to say I have never hit one in the water on 17. My score there is actually respectable at like +3 of the times Iíve olayed and 3 of them were in huge gusts where I hit a 3 and 4 iron into it from 160ish out.
Iíve only reached green on 18 once haha damn right the wind on 17/18 can be a b****.
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Posted 21 February 2018 - 12:06 PM

Just played on Sunday the 18th. We had a 8:40 tee time, and got to the course plenty early. Played with a friend, and it was his first time there, so I wanted to allot enough time to tour the club house, pro shop, etc. By the time we started hitting balls, the sun was up and temp was close to 70. Off came the 1/4 zip. Before we hit the shuttle to 1, our caddy asked if we could lighten the load, so I took out my 1/4 zip and rain gear. Front 9 was beautiful. Sunny, warm, and calm, aside from my mental state after how I started the first few holes. We played the Dye tee's which I think were 6400, and I learned a lot about the setup that I didn't realize from the first time I played. Pete makes you hit a bunch of different clubs off tee's, even from the Dye's, so its certainly not a driver wedge fest.

By the time we made the turn, and hit the ocean side 9, the wind had picked up significantly, sun was gone, and it was pretty gloomy. Really wished I had that 1/4 zip about now. I finally settled down, and it least it appeared I knew how to hit a golf ball. First few holes on back 9 played down wind, but when we hit the oceanside par 3, we turned back into it, and it was about a 3 club wind the rest of the way back to the club house. My first experience at OC was calm the whole round, so I was excited to play into the teeth of the course for the last few holes. 17 was 151 to pin, playing 180-185. Hit a 6 to about 3 feet, and converted the bird, so that was probably the highlight, although its one of the holes I like least on the course.

Overall, another great experience. Had a few bourbons out on the deck after the round, had a delicious pimento grilled cheese sammich, and took a hot shower to cap it all off. One of my favorite places on earth, and can't wait to return.

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