Contributor Samantha Chapnick touched base recently with Matt Owen, public relations director for Kiawah Island Golf Resort and two other Southern resorts. When he’s not working,
he’s running marathons, spending time with his wife (Kelly) and their
two white boxers, golfing, or keeping up with European soccer.
If you were a player of Tiger Woods’ caliber, what might be your favorite course (other than your own)?
Well, aside from there not being any players of Tiger Woods’ caliber, I’d have to say it has always been my ambition to play either Augusta National or St. Andrews in Scotland.
For a golfer at your level (10-12 handicap), what are your two favorite places to play and stay and why?
Of course, aside from our spectacular courses at Kiawah, my two favorite places to stay and play are the Hawaiian islands and Las Vegas. The Big Island‘s scenery is just unbelievable, and on Oahu, Ko’olau Golf Club has some of the most spectacular holes you’ll ever see. Now, why Las Vegas? Because there’s no other place I’d rather hang out with buddies. I’ve played lots of golf out there and it’s a blast. The course, however, is irrelevant. It’s Vegas, baby.
Actually, I birdied four holes in a row on The Ocean Course once, and then hit the pin on my tee shot on the famous 17th. Not only did I miss a hole in one, I rimmed my birdie putt and my streak ended.
Can you give us one or two tips to help players on one of your courses?
If you take on The Ocean Course, the best piece of advice I can give anyone is to listen to the caddies. They really know what they’re talking about. Wind does strange things to a golf ball, as well as a golf swing.
Have you ever played "Teeth of the Dog?"
I have not, but Pete Dye’s reputation precedes him. I’m sure it’s a beast to play.
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