John Haskins, director of golf group sales, fourth to the right; “McSwain the Snake,” far right

John Haskins, director of golf group sales, fourth to the right; “McSwain the Snake,” far right

 

The hummingbirds, warblers, turtles and alligators love it at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. They’ve been living in the salt marshes and beaches there for years. Mess with the turtles and prepare to battle the 200 soldiers (volunteers) that make up the Kiawah Turtle Patrol. Since 1972, they’ve been talking turtle, protecting nests and recording loggerhead hatchings. Across the resort grounds and in this active South Carolina ecosystem guests regularly see deer, bald eagles or a hawk circling the sky hunting for a snake.

 

John Haskins, director of golf group sales has mixed feelings about the time he witnessed a snake escape the claws of a dormie hawk on the Ocean Course at Kiawah.

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The Ryder Cup

 

Before 1991, the Ryder Cup was a sleepy event that garnered spotty interest—especially in the United States. But the matches contested between the American and European teams on Pete Dye’s Ocean Course September 27-29 of that year marked a true turning point for the tournament, effectively putting Kiawah Island Golf Resort on the pro tour map (and on every serious golfer’s bucket list).  This September marks the 25th anniversary of the War by the Shore Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

To honor the 25th anniversary of that pivotal showdown, you can relive every edge-of-your-seat moment as The Golf Channel rebroadcasts their War By the Shore feature on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 3pm. (Don’t forget to set your DVR!)

The 1991 Ryder Cup will also be showcased in The Golf Channel’s special, Golf’s Greatest Rounds, airing one day earlier (September 19) at 8pm and midnight. If you just can’t wait to see each gripping play-by-play, watch our Challenging Moments, Memorable Victories video below.

Also, watch for the August 23  premiere airing of “Golf’s Greatest Rounds” on The Golf Channel at 8pm that prominently features the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah.

 

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

Under the consultation of course designer, Jack Nicklaus, Turtle Point is undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation. While not much is changing the fairways on the course other than bunkering, all of the green complexes have have substantially changed.  Additionally, all new irrigation is being installed on the course. The yardage of the course will remain close to what it was but more teeing area are being added to give more options on course set-up.

Plus, property lines are being cleared making the course look substantially larger and more open.

All of the greens have been sprigged and growing in well. Some of the fairways have been sprigged.  The rest will be sprigged soon.  Read More

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

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 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:   https://www.saveonenergy.com/green-energy/green-golf-courses/

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.

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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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