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 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 / 5,430 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 / 5,480 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".
Par 72 / 5,510 metres playing off the white tees. The Oak Point golf course was constructed on a former tomato and indigo plantation. The area was purchased by the Kiawah Island Resort in 1997, and the original course was designed by Clyde Johnston, however has since undergone dramatic, high-quality improvements. The course is a stern challenge for any golfer, with its close proximity to the Kiawah River and Haulover Creek, the surrounding woodland that engulfs the Oak Point course, and its soft fairways and greens, both laid with bent grass. In 2004, in consultation with Johnston, a major redesign of the front nine was completed and a new clubhouse was constructed.
Oak Point was originally a shotmaker's course. This means that strategy and a thinking approach to the golf course will be better rewarded than just pure power.
If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse from the clubhouse of dolphins swimming in the Atlantic.