The 2012 PGA Championship represented the first time one of golf’s four major championships had been played in the state of South Carolina. And while The Ocean Course has welcomed The Ryder Cup and other championship-level events to its sun-soaked fairways and greens, playing host to one of the most renowned golf tournaments has initiated a new chapter of excellence for one of the world’s great courses.
As Kiawah Island eagerly awaits the return of the PGA Championship in 2021, it’s worth noting the sequel will have a distinctly different feel. As part of an overhaul of the FedEx Cup Playoff schedule, the PGA TOUR shuffled its broader tournament slate. That meant moving the PGA Championship, which traditionally had been played in August, to May. The thunderstorms common in the Lowcountry summer won’t be as much of a factor, but that does mean players will have to contend with a level of unpredictability they didn’t face in 2012.
As spring transitions to summer, a series of fronts tend to sweep across the region, bringing with them fluctuations in temperature and wind gusts coming from a variety of directions. Stephen Youngner, head professional at The Ocean Course,