Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

Tomorrow the Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is going to host the 2021 PGA Championship and in a short period, the Ocean Course has been part of numerous historic events and got a worldwide appreciation for its link-style design course.
 
To trace the course’s history, we go back to 1988 when a company hired the famed golf architect Pete Dye to make a golf course and complete it within a short time for hosting the 1991 Ryder Cup.
 
When Pete Dye first-time came to Charleston where the land is located, he was bamboozled by its location which had bundles of sand and marshes all over the place and also it is near the Atlantic Ocean so, with only 3 years in hand, Pete Dye and his wife Alice Dye started working on the project. The work was going in the right direction until the disaster stuck in 1989.



Impact of Hurrican Hugo (Photo Credit: Associated Press).
 
In September of 1989, a powerful tropical cyclone named Hurricane Hugo hit the Southeastern United States and South Carolina’s Kiawah Island took a huge hit as the semi-half constructed land of the Ocean Course had taken massive damages, Pete Dye and his team were in deep trouble but still his will was not shanked as Pete and his team went next day (after the hurricane) to the site for inspection and almost starting to build the course all again.
 
During this time, Alice Dye got a question in her mind that, this course was near to the Atlantic Ocean and despite being near to the ocean, she could barely see the ocean which is its unique selling price so, Alice suggested Pete to elevate both fairways and greens by which golfers can not only hear the sound of the ocean but also see it and Pete agreed as a result, holes of 14 to 18 were elevated. But there were some consequences of this move as elevating the piece of land led to strong winds from the Atlantic Ocean due to which the Ocean Course have sturdy winds throughout the year.
 
The project was completed in time before the 1991 Ryder Cup and Ocean Course’s first event turned out to be one of the greatest matches in Ryder Cup history later, Ocean Course hosted many big tournaments like the World Cup (1997, 2003), PGA Professional Championship (2005), Senior PGA Championship (2007) and the most recent event played here, was the PGA Championship in 2012 and on 20th March 2021, major championship golf is returning to the Kiawah Island after 9 years.


[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: KIAWAHISLAND.COM]
 

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May 19, 2021 in Golf Course

Links of Utopia Golf Course

Links of Utopia Golf Course

The Links of Utopia is a nine-hole golf course located in Texas established in 2001.
 
Once a man named David L. Cook came to Utopia, Texas and fell in love with a girl and he loved golf but there was no golf course in his locality, one day he was going inside a famous café and outside the restaurant he saw a poster of a golf course named, Links of Utopia and he went to course and seeing the beauty of the area he decided to write a book on it and now you know the book as Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days in the Links of Utopia and five years later, a Hollywood movie Seven Days in Utopia was made on the book.
 
There is nothing special about the golf course and one thing is the location where the course is which is calm, cool and energizing town of Utopia. Many people who visit the Links of Utopia golf course often complain about the dreadful course conditions but they forget to see the whole picture which is the beautiful location they are playing in and is worth watching and enjoying.

Things to do in Links of Utopia:
 

Paint your shot:

The famous tree on Links of Utopia (Photo Credit: The Dallas Morning News)

For those who have watched the movie of Seven Days in Utopia, then they know what am I saying as there is tree in Links of Utopia before a green and people often paint their shots and instead of thinking on how they will play it and here it goes:
First draw your shot to see it then, hold your club to feel it and finally trust your shot to stroke it, that’s the Utopian way of SFT (See it, Felt it, Trust it).
 
Unique feature in Links of Utopia:


(Photo Credit: Links of Utopia).

Near Links of Utopia driving range there is a cemetery adjacent to it which is rare to see a cemetery in a golf course.
 
Facts of Links of Utopia:
Holes– 9-hole Golf Course.
Public/Private – Public.
Par= 36.
Yardage – 3011.
 
Last, I would end blog by Seven Day in Utopia movie quote:

How can a game have such an effect on a man’s soul?” “The way I see it how can it not, you don’t choose the game it chooses you and when it does life and golf become forever connected.

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: PINTEREST]
 

By Dhruv Trivedi

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January 27, 2021 in Golf Course

Israel’s only golf course: Caesarea Golf Course

Israel’s only golf course: Caesarea Golf Course

Football and Basketball are the most popular sport in Israel while golf is a sport is which is not common in Israel and it’s not that popular.
 
In January 1961, Israel got their very own golf course and club at Israel’s city of Caesarea. 
This was all possible only because of Jimmy de Rothschild, a British political liberal (from the wealthy Rothschild family), Jimmy came to visit his family land in Caesarea and looking at the conditions, he thought it was perfect to make a golf course in the large area of land owned by Rothschild family.
But unfortunately, he died in 1957 before he could realize his vision. Later, James de Rothschild Foundation was set up to make his dream a reality with Max Rowe representing the Rothschild family.
In January 1961, Caesarea Golf Club was officially opened and four years later, Israel Golf Federation was founded in 1965.


Caesarea Golf Course 
(Photo Credit: top100golfcourses.com).

Israel got their first international golf course in 1961 and after that, the course has gone through several changes and the biggest change came in August 2007, when the Caesarea Development Corporation completely redesigned the golf course with the help of Golf architect Pete Dye and completed in July 2009.
The club has 700 + members which are more than of Augusta National club, who have a limit of 300 members.
Because of their monopoly in a golf course, Caesarea golf club is lucky enough to organize major golf tournaments in the region of Caesarea, like the Maccabiah Games.



Aeriel Shot of Caesarea Golf Course
(Photo Credit: Israel21c.org).

Apart from Caesarea golf course, there is another course in Israel, named Gaash Golf Club located at kibbutz Gaash and the only difference between Caesarea and Gaash course is that Caesarea golf course is an 18-hole course where as Gaash golf course is a 9-hole course.
 
Over the years Israel only has one full 18-hole course (Caesarea Golf Course) and still, 59 years later, Israel isn’t able to produce another golf course that matches the international standards.
 
Below are some possible reasons why this hasn’t happened:
 
1. Less space available: 
Israel is a small country in size and golf course occupies a large amount of space.
 
2. No Golf Culture: 
Like America or any other European country where golf is very popular and friends/family together go to a course, every weekend to enjoy the game and spent time with each other, compared to Israel where people don’t know about the game itself so, it is hard to imagine if such golf culture exists in the country.
 
3. Fewer international golf tournaments:
In European countries, they have more than 200 golf events in a year compared to Israel where there are 5-10 international golf events which gives less exposure to local players.
 
4. Very less Interest:
Israelis have very less interest in golf, let’s say from 8 million Israel population, only 1000 are interested in the sport and that 1000 are pro players because of this, the Israeli Golf Federation and Caesarea Golf Club aren’t able to organize too many global tournaments because small number spectators come to watch competitive golf in Israel.
 
5. Cost of maintenance:
Now, possessing a golf course is very expensive and what more is, maintaining it which include cleaning the water every week, grass cutting, continues irrigation, and many more things.
The yearly cost of maintenance of a golf course is from 1 to 1.5 million dollars.


(Photo Credit: Golf Business Monitor).

16 Golf Courses Planned:
A couple of years earlier, the Israeli government announced that they will make 16 golf courses in the next 10 years.
So, let’s hope this plan becomes reality one day when we will see not one but many international golf courses in Israel.

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: TRIPADVISOR]


By Dhruv Trivedi

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May 22, 2020 in Golf Course

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