2012 PGA Championship—A New Kiawah Island Golf Story
A new chapter in Kiawah Island history is being written this August – where will you capture all the action during the 2012 PGA Championship?
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Inspired by Irish and Scottish links-style golf courses, the 6,960-yard course lies along the Kiawah River and its creek and marshes. The first six holes at Cassique have been described as though they’ve been “air-lifted from Ireland’s southwest coast.” A replica of The Spectacles bunkers from Carnoustie guards one green, and approaches reminiscent of holes at Ballybunion and Cypress Point frame two others.
As with such classic seaside settings, Cassique offers little protection from ocean breezes, so the course’s holes can be played in numerous ways depending upon the conditions and the creativity and skills of the golfer.
Opened in 2000, Cassique is the first solo course design in North America by Tom Watson, five-time winner of the British Open. See the course map.
The course hosted the 2002 Kiawah Children’s Hospital Classic, 2003 Palmer Cup, 2004 UBS Cup, and 2009 US Mid-Amateur Championship. It is consistently ranked on the Golf Digest Top 100 Modern Courses and the Golfweek Top 100 Residential Courses.
Cassique is home to the Kiawah Island Club Golf Academy, dedicated to improving Club Members’ overall golf experiences and suited for players of all abilities and ages. The Golf Academy offers a variety of game-improving programs focused on technique, golf fitness, mental training, and club fitting.
Reminiscent of a 19th-century English country manor with stone-surrounded windows, copper guttering, and slate roofing, the Cassique clubhouse offers commanding views of the golf course and the tidelands surrounding the Kiawah River. The dining experience at the restaurant and pub are also spectacular, with a menu designed exclusively by James Beard-award winner Consulting Chef Tom Colicchio.
Cassique’s capable staff and concierge oversee every club detail from rooms for private functions, to expansive men and women’s locker facilities, and a full-service golf shop.