Courtesy of Evan Schiller
Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course (pronounced Kah-seek) was created by Hall-of-Famer Tom Watson and his crew from old farm fields along the tidal marshes of the Kiawah River. As a five-time Champion Golfer of Year, Watson wanted his design to demand the “touch, feel and imagination” of links-style golf, so he framed most holes with choppy faux dunes, rumpled the fairways and installed some of his favorite links features: a burn a la Turnberry, Carnoustie-inspired Spectacles and a Hell Bunker from St. Andrews. With the front nine in open land and the back nine among trees, Cassique poses bump-and-run opportunities everywhere, and even has a couple of blind shots.
100 Greatest: Ranked from 2007 through 2010.
Highest ranking: 85th, 2009-2010.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 166th.
Previous ranking: 150th.
Best in State: Ranked sixth in 2021-'22. Ranked inside the top five 2007-2009. Ranked seventh, 2023-'24. Ranked inside the top 10 in 2005, 2011-2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 7th.