Ocean Course spruced up for PGA Championship

The Pete Dye Village is one of the most impressive structures on display this week.
The Pete Dye Village is one of the most impressive structures on display this week.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Day Two is in the books and PGA Championship week inches closer to competition. For those that have been to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort or have even been lucky enough to play a round here, it will definitely look different to you this week.

After years of planning and months of construction, The Ocean Course is a golf course turned theme park. About 500,000 square feet or six football fields of flooring has been assembled on and around the golf course.

Four luxury suites tower over the holes in order to provide breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The suites are each more than 30,000 square feet. The Ocean Course will play at 7,676 yards this week, which makes it the longest PGA Championship ever. That means extra walking for the players and the fans.

The Ocean Course was uniquely built in between the beach and marshland. Fans will spend much of the day walking along paths made of sand. If you're in need of some rest, take a seat in one of many large bleachers that have been constructed on the driving range and around several of the greens and tee boxes.

The Wanamaker Club, located behind the driving range is filled with 100 brand new 40-inch and 55-inch HD TVs. All TVs will of course be tuned to the PGA Championship, which will be carried on TNT for Thursday and Friday's rounds, and Live 5 WCSC on Saturday and Sunday. All of the menus in the Wanamaker Club will be electric displays on HDTVs.

There are seven beer options available on course, both domestic and imported. Fans will be served by one of 72 bartenders working in the Wanamaker Club alone, with more than 50 in the hospitality areas. Other beer concession stands are located throughout the course for general admission visitors.

Concession stands and "Beverage Oasis" center, which include water and other non-alcoholic beverages, s are located all over the course. There are also several healthy-option concession stands on the golf course.

The easiest thing to enjoy at The Ocean Course is the beauty. Gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, marshland and beach can be seen at every glance. Alligators and lots of other wildlife are also common sights.

Visitors will also notice hundreds of unique trees, The oblong shape of the trees on the front nine at The Ocean Course draws a lot of attention. The trees get their shape because of the amount of sea spray in the air. The salt works as a growth retardant so that half of the tree closest to the ocean is thinner than the half further from the ocean. This creates a canopy and an oblong shape.

In order to get to The Ocean Course and take in its beauty, fans will hop on one of more than 125 charter buses, which run throughout the day. The main parking lot is located at Freshfields just before the main entrance to Kiawah Island.

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