Kiawah Island to host 2021 PGA Championship
May 01, 2015
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- May 01, 2015
- The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is located just outside Charleston, South Carolina. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
The PGA of America announced that it will conduct the 2021 PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
The 103rd edition of the PGA Championship in August 2021 returns to the Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout in South Carolina after its first visit in 2012, when Rory McIlroy won by eight strokes over David Lynn. McIlroy finished at 13 under par, highlighted by a final-round, 6-under 66.
The Ocean Course is one of four venues to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (2007) and the PGA Championship. The Ocean Course also hosted the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship.
“Ever since The Ocean Course was introduced to the world, it has been a supreme test for the greatest players in golf,” said PGA of America president Derek Sprague. “From a down-to-the-last putt thriller of a Ryder Cup in 1991 to Rory McIlroy closing a record-setting performance in the 2012 PGA Championship, there has never been a shortage of thrills on The Ocean Course. We anticipate that tradition of excellence continuing in 2021 at the PGA Championship.”
The PGA Championship also is the only one of golf’s four majors to be hosted in South Carolina. The announcement was made with Kiawah Island Golf Resort chairman Bill Goodwin.
“It’s an honor to have the PGA Championship returning to The Ocean Course and Kiawah Island,” said Goodwin. “We have enjoyed dramatic finishes and premier champions each time the PGA of America elected to bring an event to the island. We will do all that we can to provide the best possible conditions for the world’s best players and make the experience memorable to golf fans of South Carolina and to thousands of visitors worldwide.”
The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America – 10 along the Atlantic Ocean, with the other eight running parallel to those.
Designed from a ribbon of sand dunes stretching nearly three miles along the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course is a par-72 layout that can be extended to 7,676 yards, and draws comparison to the seaside links of England and Scotland.
"It's a long golf course, a big golf course," said McIlroy of The Ocean Course. "You not only have to hit it well, but you really have to think about what you're doing out there. You really have to pick your spots where you want to hit it.
"It's a golf course that is more in front of you than maybe other Pete Dye courses are, so it's something that I quite like."