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Kiawah Island Golf Resort -- Always Refining Its Game


Home to The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of only a handful of locations to host every major PGA event, with the 2021 PGA Championship being the next on the books. It’s a prestigious honor—and one that’s well-deserved.

It all began with the extensive renovation of The Ocean Course ahead of the 2012 PGA Championship. Located at the eastern tip of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course remains the jewel of the resort’s golf collection. Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, this masterpiece features views of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole, while its contours are seemingly shaped by the ever-present (and often daunting) wind. Reminiscent of the great seaside links of England and Scotland, The Ocean Course invites you to walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest players.

The Pete Dye-led renovation of The Ocean Course was followed by complete renovations to the resort’s other four championship courses. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point delivers fairways and green settings that blend into the natural landscape and also features a spectacular trio of holes that play directly along the Atlantic Ocean.


Designed and renovated by Tom Fazio, Osprey Point is a tour de force of playability and variety, making it a clear favorite with Island residents and resort guests alike. The Gary Player-designed Cougar Point is known for its string of three holes midway through the front nine where the course borders tidal marshlands for panoramic views of the Kiawah River.

Rounding out the resort’s roster of championship courses, Oak Point is a shotmaker’s dream, challenging players to choose strategy over raw power on this Clyde Johnston design with Scottish flair. The resort prides itself on keeping all five of these courses in pristine condition for an unsurpassed player experience.

Now Kiawah’s game-refining legacy continues as the resort has embarked on a multi-year expansion that stretches from one end of its 10-mile barrier island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina to the other.


For the ultimate 19th hole experience, the all-new Cougar Point Clubhouse—designed by world-renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects—is slated to open its doors this May. Sitting on a prominent knoll overlooking the 18th fairway, the clubhouse will be anchored by a 40-seat bar and a 125-seat sports tavern. The Players’ Pub menu will showcase upscale pub fare marked by a recognizable Southern infusion that focuses on the finest local and regional ingredients. The Players’ Pub will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, making it an ideal gathering place for pre- or post-round dining and camaraderie.

The most dedicated fans of the pro tour will appreciate a later stage of the resort’s expansion that will add four ultra-exclusive Ocean Course Golf Cottages. Each four-bedroom, two-story cottage will be perfectly situated on the iconic Pete Dye-designed course. The Ocean Course reigns as the home of the notorious 1991 Ryder Cup, 2012 PGA Championship and what is certain to be an unforgettable 2021 PGA Championship. Once built, staying in these cottages will move to the top of every serious golfer’s bucket list.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for the opening of the Ocean Course Cottages for a truly memorable golf getaway on Kiawah Island. The resort has put together generous spring stay and play packages—available March 4 through May 26—for players to experience these top-rated East Coast golf courses at one of the most pleasant times of the year in South Carolina’s Lowcountry—when average temperatures hover comfortably in the 60s and 70s.

This is a chance to gather your favorite foursome for a stay in a two-bedroom West Beach Scenic View Villa—complete with fully-equipped kitchen and living room—for two or more nights. Your Villa Golf Package also includes two rounds of epic play (note that there is a surcharge for The Ocean Course), all starting at just $235 per person, per night, based on availability.

If your spouse loves golf as much as you do, you can opt for accommodations in a Garden View guestroom at the 5-Star-rated Sanctuary Hotel to enjoy a golf getaway that’s also a romantic retreat. This Sanctuary Golf Package also includes a two-night (or longer) stay and two rounds of golf on the resort’s championship courses (surcharge for The Ocean Course), with rates starting at $445 per person, per night for a midweek stay.

No matter which stay and play package you choose this spring, you will gain bragging rights that will last year-round when you can tell everyone back home that you played at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

So dust off your clubs and start planning your getaway at You can also call (833) 279-3442 to speak with a reservationist who will be happy to assist you in making arrangements and booking your package.