Twenty years ago from today, something very special occurred here in Gulf Shores, Alabama: Kiva Dunes opened its doors (and course) for the very first time. But long before April 1, 1995, the idea of Kiva Dunes had been stirring in the minds of two notable individuals for quite some time.
It all started decades back when Jim “Scrappy” Edgemon was on the tee of the par 3, 16th hole at the University of Alabama course in Tuscaloosa waiting for a nearby golfer to clear the green. The golfer on the green waved him on, and Scrappy hit a hole-in-one. The green-side golfer recalls thinking, “Man, that looks pretty good.” The two golfers met that day, and that was the beginning of what would become a prosperous partnership.
Interestingly enough, the green-side golfer on the other end of the hand shake that day was none other than Jerry Pate, the eventual winner of the 1974 U.S. Open. Years later, Edgemon began to develop Kiva Dunes, and when it was time to select an architect, he chose Jerry Pate. “He’s been a winner at everything he’s ever done,” Edgemon says. “I’d seen his work and I knew his passion. I knew, when given the best land, he’d do the best job. And he did. Kiva Dunes is recognized the world over as one of golf’s best and most unique challenges.”
And the rest is golf history. Twenty years and multiple national awards later, Kiva Dunes is stronger than ever and has had tens of thousands of golfers high-fiving one another over the one-in-a-million golf course that it is. Here’s to another twenty years of golf success!
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815 Plantation Rd. ~ Gulf Shores, AL 36542