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The oldest of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort courses, Gary Player's Cougar Point holds up well

Cougar Point Golf Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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Cougar Point at Kiawah Island is a perfect resort golf course, challenging when played from the correct tees with beautifully laid out holes, Elliot DeBear writes. (Courtesy of Elliot DeBear)

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Cougar Point Golf Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, designed by Gary Player, is a 6,875-yard, par-72 gem and the oldest of the Kiawah Island resort courses.

We played the Cougar tees at 6,503 yards with a 127 slope and 71.6 course rating (just short of the tournament tees). The track carries a 4-star Golf Digest rating and in my opinion should be a solid 4.5 stars when compared to other similar rated tracks.

Conditions were terrific all around. The track is very well bunkered throughout, providing great visual frames from the tees and fairways. The golf course delivers terrific views of the salt marshes and Kiawah River with generous landing areas on most holes. Cougar Point has a good variety of long par 4s framed with large Southern tree varietals that give the appearance of wide tunnels to hit through.

The par 3s are all stunners with distances ranging from 158 to 201 yards from the Cougar tees. The three closing holes, all par 4s, are really terrific finishing holes with a wonderful 388-yard par 4 18th that is a slight dogleg over water to a long, tiered lima bean shaped green.

This course is a real winner and one Gary Player made sure would be a crowd pleaser among the many courses in the Charleston area. Cougar Point is a perfect resort course, challenging when played from the correct tees with beautifully laid out holes.

- Elliot DeBear
by e-mail

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