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The Ocean Course
Photo: Courtesy of Kiawah Island Partners

The Ocean Course

Kiawah Island Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The PGA, one of golf's four majors, was played here in August, cementing Kiawah's position as one of the most respected and legit of all golf communities on the Eastern Seaboard. Pete Dye's starkly pretty Ocean Course is scary-good—stunning, daring, boldly featured, and nearly impossible to play. Luckily, its shock-and-awe factor abates slightly when winds are calm, which does occasionally happen. The world's top pros competed here in 1991 and were not shy about admitting how merciful it was to be playing a Ryder Cup, which is scored by hole, as opposed to a "medal" score—it meant they could avoid the embarrassment of posting a total tally.

Read our review of the resort.

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