More than any other course on the resort, Oak Point has gone through dramatic changes over last couple of years, greatly enhancing both the quality of golf and the overall guest experience.
The resort purchased Oak Point in 1997, rounding out the championship rotation of five courses that makes Kiawah Island Golf Resort one of the world’s great golf destinations.
Clyde Johnston, a noted Southeastern golf course architect, designed Oak Point on the grounds of former cotton and indigo plantation.
With its close proximity to the Kiawah River and the Haulover Creek, with its surrounding maritime forest, Johnston was able to mold the rolling landscape into a first-class layout.
Undulating fairways and challenging greens are some of the unique features of Oak Point.
In 2004, in consultation with Johnston, major renovations to the front nine were completed.
Gone was the notoriously challenging PAR-4 third hole that featured a sharp dogleg right requiring an iron off the tee, then a short iron to a green with absolutely no margin for error.
To make up the four shots to par that the elimination of the hole caused, the green on No. 1 was pushed back approximately 130 yards, changing the hole from a 402-yard PAR 4 to a demanding 535-yard PAR 5 with the green guarded by water on three sides.
Additionally, a new 152-yard PAR 3 9th hole was added next to the new clubhouse with a picturesque view of the Haulover Creek as a backdrop.