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Kiawah Island Club: Cassique

Johns Island, SC Private

Overview

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.

About

Holes 18
Length 7005
Slope 147
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2000
Designer Tom Watson

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

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.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3154
Character
7.4873
Challenge
7.2443
Layout Variety
7.4545
Fun
7.3927
Aesthetics
7.528
Conditioning
7.2929

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