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Kiawah Island Ocean Course, why it is one of hardest in golf, preview, date, how to watch

Blustery winds, marshland waste areas and even alligators welcomed the world’s best golfers to formidable Kiawah Island ahead of the 103rd PGA Championship, starting Thursday (AEST).

The resort’s Ocean Course will be the longest venue in major golf history at 7,876 yards (7,201m), 135 more than the mark set by Erin Hills when it hosted the 2017 US Open.

It’s a par-72 layout Golf Digest has called the most difficult US course, with oceanside beauty and peril lurking on every hole.

“There aren’t a lot of bailout areas,” said 2003 PGA winner Shaun Micheel. “There are a lot of things out there that are lying in wait for you.” Alligators are typically kept at a distance by security and course workers but there’s nothing to stop the biting winds that swap direction.

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