Ocean Course closes for final PGA preparations

sports- PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - An aerial view of the 16th hole of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Photo/Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Approximately 100 golfers signed up weeks ago for Wednesday’s final tee times before the PGA Championship is played at the Ocean Course.

The men’s professional golf season’s final major championship will be played Aug. 9-12 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

“There was high demand to be one of the last ones out there,” Ocean Course head professional Stephen Younger said Wednesday afternoon, adding that most of the tee times were booked at least six weeks ago.

Wednesday’s final tee time was at 12:20 p.m. The course will remain closed for public play until 10 a.m. Aug. 15. Younger said the pro shop will remain open until Aug. 1 and the restaurant will remain open until Aug. 2.

The PGA of America announced Wednesday that all sandy areas at the seaside course will be played as “through the green” and not designated as bunkers during the PGA Championship. That means golfers will be able to ground their clubs even in areas that normally would be considered bunkers.

The same condition of play was in effect at the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches and the 2007 Senior PGA Championship.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson played the Ocean Course on Tuesday, and was impressed.

“It was sweet!” Simpson said on Twitter. “Very tough.”