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Play like the pros on Kiawah’s famed Ocean Course

The Ocean Course Kiawah Islwill host PGA Championship next year. | Phocourtesy Kiawah IslGolf Resort

The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island will host the PGA Championship next year. | Photo courtesy Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Aug. 1-7 at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Call (800) 576-1570 or visit for details and packages.

Updated: July 7, 2011 2:16AM

Golfers have a rare opportunity next month to see what the pros will be in for next year, when the PGA Championship is headed for Kiawah Island’s famed Ocean Course.

From Aug. 1-7, the notoriously difficult course will be set up in the same conditions — same greens speeds, rough lengths, you name it — as it will be in August 2012 during the major tournament. And the tees will be placed at the PGA-indicated length of a whopping 7,606 yards.

“We’ll give our guests a chance to see how their games compare to the best players in the world,” said Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s golf director.

Next month’s “PGA Challenge” is open to anyone who can shell out $246 (or $205 for Kiawah Island Golf Resort guests) to play an 18-hole round on this bucket-list course stretching three miles along the Atlantic.

Golf fans might remember this Pete Dye-designed course as the setting of the 1991 Ryder Cup’s “War by the Shore.” The dramatic battle boiled down to the last putt on the last hole of the last match on — you guessed it — the last day. Germany’s Bernhard Langer choked on a 6-foot putt, giving the United States a win by the narrowest of margins.

Even if you don’t know your woods from your wedges, swing by the Ocean Club’s Ryder Cup Bar for a cocktail anytime of year. It’s the best place on the island to watch the sunset.

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