Nov 3, 2016

Kiawah Island Golf Resort to Renovate Cougar Point Golf Course in 2016-2017

Looks like Cougar Point at Kiawah Island is set for a renovation at the end of this month. The Gary Player design team has been on site and has offered suggestions. Renovations will be completed by October 2017.


Kiawah Island Resort is Proud Host of the 2021 PGA Championship. Voted # 1 Island in North America - Cond Nast Traveler. Home of The Ocean Course: Host - 1991 Ryder Cup, 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 & 2021 PGA Championships.


Had to reschedule my visit from earlier this year to Kiawah Island. Will keep you in the loop as far as my rescheduled golf visit. Can't wait!




Press Release

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Continuing in its efforts to providing the finest golf and vacation experience for its guests, Kiawah Island Golf Resort today announced plans to renovate the Gary Player-designedCougar Point Golf Course. Renovation is to begin November 28, 2016 with reopening scheduled for the beginning of October, 2017. The renovation will include re-grassing the greens, tees, and fairways with Paspalum (the same highly acclaimed salt-tolerant grass that the resort has on its other four golf courses); laser level all tee boxes including the practice range; rebuild all bunkers; update the irrigation throughout the golf course; and rebuild existing bulkheads. Representatives from Gary Player Design Company have already visited the course and offered design suggestions.

Since 2011, all of the resort’s courses have undergone extensive renovations. Prior to the 2012 PGA Championship course architect, Pete Dye, returned to Kiawah Island to renovate the resort’s premier course, The Ocean Course. His efforts were widely acclaimed by the PGA Tour professionals who played in the event.

In 2014, Osprey Point was closed for a complete renovation approved by course architect Tom Fazio. It included regrassing tees, fairways and greens with Platinum Paspalum (the same grass used on The Ocean Course), shifting bunkers and renovating a number of fairways to both for improved drainage and playability.

In 2015, the work continued when Oak Point closed for a six-month renovation that included re-grassing the tees, fairways and greens with Paspalum Platinum, returning the greens and tees back to their original sizes and shapes and recontouring all of the bunkers as well as some of fairways. Irrigation was also added to the roughs.

Turtle Point closed in January of this year for a nine-month renovation that includes a number of substantial architectural changes suggested by course designer, Jack Nicklaus. Changes included location shifts, reconfiguring and elevation of greens, recontouring fairways and bunkering and re-grassing the tees, fairways and greens with Paspalum Platinum.

According to Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, “The owners of the resort remain steadfast in their dedication to make Kiawah Island Golf Resort the top golf destination in the nation and a favorite place to play for any golfer, serious or recreational.”

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is rated as one of the country’s top resorts by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Conde Nast Traveler magazines. It includes The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s ultra-luxury 255-room hotel and spa – and nearly 500 private villas and luxury homes, five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course – host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA championships and has been named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship. The resort also ranks as the number one tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online (, and features a renowned recreation and nature program. For more information, visit


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