Co-written by Nelson Billington and Jim Hurson

Only an hour outside of Charleston, SC, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offers the best in golf, food, and lodging. For those interested in the amenities of a luxury property, the Sanctuary at Kiawah is a fine place to enjoy a short weekend trip or a longer family getaway. Whether your stay is brief or long, there is much to enjoy at Kiawah—from any five of the PGA golf courses to three hotel restaurants to the opportunity to take out a loaner car from Mercedes, Kiawah is rife with opportunities for travel enjoyment.

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Going green on the green


 The web site, Save On Energy did a feature entitled going green on the green featuring golf courses efforts to go green, i.e. maintaining strong environmental stewardship.  The article features The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  It can be find here:

On Thursday, April 7, professional golfers from all across the globe will tee off the first round of the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament. Over the course of four days, golfers such as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson will play 72 holes at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, where the annual tournament has been held since 1934.

Augusta National’s fairways and greens are sure to stay lush, despite being played on so frequently. Some might assume water and fertilizers are heavily used to keep golf courses in the best shape possible, but many golf courses in the United States are more environmentally conscious than you may think!

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most eco-friendly golf courses in the country.

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Jack Nicklaus discusses potential changes to Turtle Point to resort president, Roger Warren and reps. of Nicklaus Design and superintendent Steve Agazzi

Jack Nicklaus discusses potential changes to Turtle Point to resort president, Roger Warren and reps. of Nicklaus Design and superintendent Steve Agazzi

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island Golf Resort closed on January 4, 2016 for a nine-month renovation. The Nicklaus Design team is to consult on Turtle Point renovations. Jack Nicklaus surveyed the course in late October with other members of Nicklaus Design and made recommendations for changes.

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Forbes Travel Guide names their 6 top lavish fall golf getaways and three of them are in the Kiawah Island Golf Resort family.  The six includes The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, it’s two sister properties, Keswick Hall and Golf Club and the Inn and Club at Harbour Town.  Additionally, the list includes the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the West Indies, the Grace Bay Club in the Turks and Caicos and California’s St. Regis Monarch Beach.

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Tennis serve

GOLF Magazine recently named the 10 best resorts for tennis loving golfers and, needless to say, Kiawah Island Golf Resort ranked high.  Below is a link to the article. Read More

Matt Ginella’s Buddy Trip Upgrade at Kiawah Island | Golf Channel       Buddy Crash on Kiawah

Sure, everyone know Kiawah’s Ocean Course is on the bucket list of any serious golfer.  Well, The Golf Channel Morning Drive’s Matt Ginella (MattyG) recently visited Kiawah and The Ocean Course and surprised an unsuspecting threesome with a “Golf Upgrade!”  Time for a Buddy Crash on Kiawah!

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Ocean Course 18 Bunker Shot

Matt Ginella, travel editor at The Golf Channel, recently came out with his list of the top 10 buddies trip destinations in the U.S. that included Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  He also named The Ryder Cup Bar in The Ocean Course clubhouse as the best 19th hole in Golf.  Here’s what he had to say:

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Kiawah National Pro-Am


The National Pro-Am

“Serious Golf… Serious Competition”

March 8 – 12


PGA club professionals* from all across the U.S., along with three of their members, will tee it up during the 15th Annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort National Pro-Am. The 72-hole stroke play event, sponsored by Club Car, will be held on four of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s championship courses: Pete Dye’s world-famous Ocean Course, Jack Nicklaus’ Turtle Point, Gary Player’s Cougar Point and Tom Fazio’s Osprey Point.

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Over the past 20 years, the resort has made a concerted effort to upgrade the facilities on the resort to make Kiawah the finest golf destination in the U.S.  This includes new clubhouses at Osprey Point, Turtle Point and The Ocean Course as well as course renovations at The Ocean Course, Turtle Point and, last year at Osprey Point.  This year, Oak Point undergoes major renovations.

In 2003, the resort built a new clubhouse at Oak Point and, the following year, major changes were made to a number of holes, removing a quirky hole, adding a par-3 and converting a par-4 into a par-5.

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The Friendship Cup

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The 10th Annual Friendship Cup — “Golf’s Fifth Major” March 10 – 13, 2016 (Thursday to Sunday with tournament rounds on Friday & Saturday)


Now in its 10th year, a two-man tournament for male amateur players, The Friendship Cup is contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championship, and the Tom Fazio designed Osprey Point Golf Course.

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