Cougar Point at Kiawah Island Resort

4.1111166667 4.1 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6814 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 12 Kiawah Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455, Charleston County
  • (843) 266-4020
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Year built: 1976
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Greens: Paspalum Grass
Fairways: Paspalum Grass
Golf Season: Year round


Carts: Yes - $30
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No


Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 6814 yards 72.7 134
Cougar 72 6514 yards 71.1 132
Player 72 6139 yards 69.3 124
Kiawah 72 5608 yards 66.9 118
Kiawah (W) 72 5608 yards 71.8 129
Governors 72 5187 yards 64.7 116
Governors (W) 72 5187 yards 70.2 118
Carolina (W) 72 4816 yards 68.1 114
Carolina 72 4816 yards 63.0 112

Cougar Point course wanders in and out of Kiawah's scenic marshes with constant, but pleasant distractions from the abundant exotic birdlife as well as a gator here and there.The course has become one of the most popular of the quartet of Kiawah tracks and gets significant repeat play from year-to-year guests as it is very friendly to the ladies as well as a good test from the back tees.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
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recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Great renovation for playable standout"

BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This might be a contrarian opinion to many, but I think I liked the overall round at Cougar more than Turtle Point at Kiawah Island. Turtle has the ocean holes and a Nicklaus challenge to it, but I think what Gary Player has done at Cougar is a really wonderful example of a course that looks and plays great for a wider range of handicaps. There is more shaping and roll to the land, all the bunkers are huge and raised (they won't sneak up on you). There are some really fun doglegs and holes that wind around big, eye-popping oaks. The highlight actually comes in the middle of the front nine with three Kiawah River holes that are very scenic and fun to play.

It helps that I walked with two members and another visitor who raved about the playability. I think low-handicappers will still be challenged here but for seniors and higher handicaps, the greens are very large and receptive.

The big news at Kiawah is that Cougar will open a brand new clubhouse by Spring of 2019. So until then, the overall experience suffers with just a temporary trailer. The course's new turf suffered a little bit from winter storms and a few greens were in tough shape, but I get the sense that when the paspalum pops for the warmer months it'll be a distant memory.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

"Almost perfect, almost"

BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
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Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

We had the unique opportunity to play Cougar Point during tropical storm Bonnie and as you could imagine we had the course to ourselves. I will say that the course handling the water in amazong fashion. Other than a couple of spots on the greens late in the round this course took the 2-3 inches of rain like a champ. As for the course itself, last time we played it was in the 90's when it was Marsh Point and the changes to the course are fantastic. There are a lot more houses on the course now but they are well hidden by the trees and brush along the course. The one thing to be away of though is the vast amount of OB on the course, I felt like there were white stakes everywhere on this course which obviously changed my thought process playing this course and took the driver out of my hands more than once. The course conditions were A- to B+ with the draw back being some damage to a few of the greens but the tee boxes and fairways were perfect. The price, which I understand is the standard non-Ocean Course pricing for the island, is a little high for this course considering it's more than we are going to pay to say as we trek down to HHi to play Harbour Town but the experience, even playing it in a tropical storm, was a lot of fun.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

I recommend this course

"well conditioned course"

u000003032935's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course in very good condition, greens rolled true. Starter and cart staff excellent, guy in pro shop was rude and unfriendly

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

I recommend this course

"Great Hilton Head Course"

Allison6819183's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2013
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I love golf in South Carolina and this is definitely at the top of my list... a must-go-back

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

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