Kiawah Island Club To Host 2009 U.S.
March 2, 2006
Far Hills, N.J. - Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club has been selected
by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2009
U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are
The club's Cassique and River courses will be used for the
stroke play portion of this 264-player championship. Kiawah
Island will be hosting its first USGA Championship.
|The fifth hole at Kiawah Island's
Cassique Course is a challenging downhill par-3. (Courtesy of
Kiawah Development PartnersÂ© Steve Uzzell)|
The Cassique Course was designed by Tom Watson and opened in
2000. This Oceanside links-style course is separated from the
Atlantic Ocean by a few sand dunes, and the prevailing winds are
a key factor in play on many holes. The front nine is constructed
on former farmland, which was heavily sculpted to recreate the
many dunes that originally occupied the landscape.
The River Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1995.
This course was built on rolling hills, which are quite unusual
for the area. The course has tree-lined fairways and tiered
greens, as well as numerous water hazards.
"Our club's owners and members are delighted to have the
privilege of hosting this prestigious amateur event," said
Pat McKinney. "In addition to providing outstanding golf
venues, we expect to display a large measure of good,
old-fashioned Southern hospitality."
Prior to 2009, the Mid-Amateur, will be played at Forest
Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., from Sept. 9-14, 2006;
and at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., from Sept.
29-Oct. 4, 2007. The 2008 site has not yet been announced.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur, for amateur golfers 25 and older who
have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4, is one of 13
national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of
which are solely for amateurs.