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.

Nicklaus sketches potential changes to No. 2 on Turtle Point

Nicklaus sketches potential changes to No. 2 on Turtle Point

According to Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s Director of Golf, in addition to the design changes the tees, fairways and greens will be converted to Paspalum, the salt-tolerant strain of grass that is currently on The Ocean Course, Osprey Point and Oak Point on Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Nicklaus has prepared plans for rebuilding all 18 greens including moving five greens due to shade issues and to expand fairway sizes from 20 acres to 34 acres. “We’ll be adding new tees on multiple holes and raising a number of the tee boxes,” said Gerard.  “Additionally, we plan to add a pond to the par-3 seventh hole and expand the pond on the par-5 second hole and move the green to the right behind it to change the second and third shot into that green.” he said.  “One of the most exciting changes will be on the oceanfront sixteenth hole.  On this par-3, the tee box will be moved away from the dunes so the player will be hitting his tee shot with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.”  In addition to the course design changes, crews will work around the ponds and wooded areas of the course reclaiming overgrowth, the entire irrigation system on the golf course will be rebuilt and work will be done on the maintenance building and a new pump house will be built.


Nicklaus sketches potential changes to Turtle Point

Nicklaus sketches potential changes to Turtle Point

According to Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, “The goal is to both improve the conditioning of the golf course and make the experience more fun. When we get done people will be excited because it will feel like a totally new golf course.”

During the renovation, the golf school, which is located at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center adjacent to Turtle Point’s driving range, will be held at other resort courses. Tomasso, Turtle Point’s Italian restaurant, and the pro shop will remain open throughout the renovation.


Turtle Point’s renovation is scheduled to be completed in October in time for the fall golf season. It is part of an on-going effort to provide guests with the finest golf experience of any resort.  Prior to the 2012 PGA, Pete Dye returned to The Ocean Course and made a number of course changes to both facilitate crowd movement during the tournament and to improve playability of the course.  In 2014, under the consultation of course designer Tom Fazio, Osprey Point underwent a top-to-bottom renovation followed by Oak Point in 2015.


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.

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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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Kiawah -Oak 9

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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Fall Golf Packages

Ryder Cup Bar wrap-around porch

Kiawah Island Golf Resort announce Fall Golf Packages for play September 3 – November 7, 2015

Villa fall golf package rates from $216* per person, per night

Sanctuary fall golf package rates from $382* person/night midweek and $429* person/night weekend


Packages include: 

• Luxurious hotel accommodations at The Sanctuary or a spacious villa

• A round of golf per day (a surcharge applies for rounds on the Ocean Course)


* Rates are per person, per night based on availability 9/3-11/7/15.  Rates reflect 4 golfers in a 2-bedroom West Beach Scenic View Resort Villa or 2 golfers in a Garden View guestroom at The Sanctuary. Minimum stay of 2 nights and 2 rounds required. Taxes & fees additional. Surcharge for The Ocean Course. 



SCPRT Photo Shoot on No. 18

SCPRT Photo Shoot on No. 18

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) recently came to The Ocean course to shoot a commercial and take images for a print ad campaign.  The SCPRT Photo Shoot was conceived by its ad agency, BFG, and the production company, Genesis Creative.

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