Kiawah Island Golf Resort
- No detail is left to chance at the spacious ocean-view suites at The Sanctuary.
Spa and Accommodations
Almost every room and suite offers sea views, with five-piece bathrooms and large marble showers. The spa has both men and women’s lounges complete with spacious mineral, whirlpool, steamroom and sauna, as well as a host of treatments and massages.
- The 18th may be the best and toughest hole on the course, with all sand to the right and a large bunker left.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort boats five championship courses: The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point and Cougar Point.
The Ocean is a walking-only course until noon. It has more seaside holes than any other course in North America. The front nine tiptoes through the low country’s beautiful and environmentally sensitive marsh and skirts rows of wind-pruned oaks. The back nine winds its way through sand dunes festooned with sweet grass (pink in late October), sea oats and wire grass.
Must see: the 24,000-square-foot club house, with weathered exterior and wraparound porches. The Ryder Cup Bar is the perfect 19th hole, with spectacular views of the Atlantic as well as an operating weathervane in the vaulted ceiling.
The west beach complex has 13 Har-Try clay courts, two lighted hard courts and backboard. The east beach center has nine Har-Tru Clay courts, three hard courts and a full practice area.
It is a fully supervised program for ages 3-11, with nature adventures and sand sculptures and tye-dye contests. There also is a teen program that features late-night movies, scavenger hunts, dance contests, etc. Family programs include ice cream socials and aqua aerobics.
- A blue heron graces a sandbar on the Kiawah River.
There are organized single and two-person kayak tours of the Kiawah River, where one might spot blue herons, turtles, crabs and dolphins. There’s even an adult twilight paddle, the time when the marsh really comes alive.
There are 30 miles of paved paths and 30 miles of hard-packed sand along the gently sloping beaches. The latter offers plenty of beach-combing opportunities. The resort itself overlooks 10 miles of private beach.