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Kiawah offers chance to play PGA Championship setup

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In what’s dubbed the PGA Challenge, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has announced that from August 1-7, 2011 the Ocean Course will be set up in the same conditions as it will be for the 2012 PGA Championship. The course will be set up with the same green speeds, rough lengths and rough lines, with tees set at the PGA indicated length of 7,606 yards.

“It’s the dream of serious golfers everywhere, whether a scratch or a 30-plus handicap to play one of the world’s great courses in the same conditions as the professionals play it in a major championship,” said Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s director of golf. “During this special week, we’ll give our guests a chance to see how their games compare to the best players in the world.”

For players taking the challenge there’s a low-net competition, with the winner receiving a two-night stay in the resort’s Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond oceanfront hotel, The Sanctuary. The winner’s package also includes two foursome rounds of golf, one being at the Ocean Course.

To be entered in the challenge players must present proof of a certified USGA Handicap and play the course with one of the resort’s caddies to verify the player’s score. In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by a matching of the cards.

The PGA Challenge is open to everyone at normal golf rates, $261 for outside golfers or $236 for resort guests (both rates include a caddie). Click here for more info.