Golf holidays with family or friends in South Carolina, USA. The Kiawah Island Resort was built in 1976. It still counts as one of the absolute top golf resorts worldwide, and not only thanks to its five championship golf courses. The resort ultimately gained its fame through the 1991 Ryder Cup which was held here on the Ocean Course; a links course built by Pete Dye especially for the tournament. In addition to The Sanctuary, a 5* golf hotel, the resort offers houses and villas for 2-12 guests to suit every taste and budget. In 2008 the resort was chosen as the number one golf resort in the USA by readers of the American magazine Golf World.
The East Beach Villas are situated close to Turtle Point Golf Club, the Roy Barth Tennis Center, and the golf academy. The West Beach Villas are located directly on the Cougar Point Golf Club and the West Beach Tennis Club. The villas are identically furnished, although decor can vary from house to house. The photographs shown here give a representative impression of the rental properties.
Par 72 / 5,430 metres playing off the white tees. Some golfers are of the opinion that this course, designed by Jack Nicklaus back in 1981, is at least as demanding as the Ocean Course. The course requires both length and precision and many of the holes are reminiscent of the top courses in Ireland. Apart from the fact that the courses on the Emerald Isle don't have alligators dozing in the water hazards! The Turtle Point course has been used as a venue for many renowned championship tournaments, such as the Carolinas Amateur, the Carolinas PGA, the South Carolina Amateur and the 1990 PGA Cup matches, the club pros' Ryder Cup.
Par 72 / 5,580 metres playing off the white tees. Originally named Marsh Point, the golf course at Cougar Point was redesigned in 1996 by Gary Player. Several of the best views on the course can be found on the front nine of Cougar Point, along the banks of the Kiawah River. The course features a great blend of short and long par 4s, an interesting mix of risk/reward par 5s, and several extremely scenic and challenging par 3s. Cougar Point's long par 4s feature wide landing areas and open run-up areas in front of the greens, making them easily reachable by shorter hitters. Its short par 4s feature great "target golf" where golfers must find specific landing areas to avoid obstacles and provide the best angle to the greens. This is a thinking course that requires a strategic approach. Golfers will particularly enjoy hole six with its fantastic views and hole 17, which is considered by many to be one of the prettiest and most challenging holes on the island.
Par 72 playing off White / 5,580 metres. This legendary links course was originally laid out for the Ryder Cup tournament played here in 1991 and was simplified several times over the next few years due to its high degree of difficulty. When the pros played here in the PGA World Cup in 1997 the course was already 700 metres shorter. The course is named due to its close proximity to the Atlantic and is laid out in a figure of eight shape. Highlights of the Ocean Course include hole two, which requires a thumping drive over an area of saltwater marsh, and hole four, which is counted as one of the top 500 holes of golf in the world. In addition to great views over the ocean, the course also has other "sights" - in several of the water hazards there are alligators! Even though the course was voted the most difficult public golf course in the US in 2008, it is a fair course and is a lot of fun to play. The Ocean Course is not recommended for golfers with higher handicaps.
Par 72 / 5,480 metres playing off the white tees. First opened in 1988, this course designed by Tom Fazio quickly established itself as one of the top resort courses in the USA. Set amongst pristine lakes, saltwater marshes and forested areas, golfers playing this course are treated to picturesque views from each hole. The course has four natural lakes and several areas of saltwater marsh, and Fazio has created a masterpiece in playability that offers a great deal of variety for both club members and guests alike. This also explains why the course at Osprey Point was recently voted number nine in a poll of the "Top 50 Golf Courses for Women" conducted by the magazine Golf for Women. The enormous clubhouse is also worth a mention, with its well-stocked pro shop. The course received a 4.5 star rating in the Golf Digest readers' poll of "Places to Play".