While Kiawah Island offers Five Star accommodations and service, unparalleled natural beauty, and some of America’s most revered Lowcountry cuisine, our rich golf history and collection of five distinct championship courses provides golfers incentive enough to visit the resort. Before planning the specifics of a golf trip to Kiawah Island there are several different factors that one should consider to help make the Kiawah experience best fit the needs of the group. We’ve listed a few things to consider below to help you start planning your trip to the site of the 2012 PGA Championship:
Accommodations: Is your group interested in the most luxurious option available, or is budget the driving factor in your accommodation selection? You can choose from the Five Star Sanctuary Hotel, our award winning ocean front property, or our collection of villas and homes that offer up to eight bedrooms and allow guests to experience the resort in the most economical way possible.
Time of year: While the spring and fall are considered the prime golf seasons here at Kiawah, the courses are open all year and there are fantastic values available from December-March. The courses are over-seeded in the winter months, keeping them a lush green and in perfect condition, and the mild weather makes an off-season trip worth considering.
Course Selection: While we recommend planning enough time to play all five of our championship courses, the resort website is a great research tool if you must choose. http://www.kiawahresort.com/golf/. The Ocean Course will play host to the 2012 PGA Championship, and while it has been named the most difficult course in America (http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-courses/2012-01/americas-75-toughest-courses?currentPage=2) , it is an absolute must play for golfers of all levels, as the five sets of tees and resort caddie program provide options for everyone. And even if you don’t have your best game that day, it’s impossible not to enjoy the views of the Atlantic from all 18 holes. Our other courses include designs by Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Clyde Johnston, each unique while still encompassing the essence and natural beauty of Kiawah Island.
Package options: Consider choosing the Ryder Cup Package, which will allow you to relive one of the most famous golf events ever played, the 1991 Ryder Cup. http://www.kiawahresort.com/ryder-cup-anniversary-package.php If the specific package choices aren’t for you, our staff is able to customize something specific to suit your needs. Purchasing a resort package with multiple rounds of golf will offer additional savings even off of our preferred resort guest rates. You can increase the value of your stay further by pre-booking replay rounds at any of our courses, which will also give you a better chance of experiencing all five designs. If you plan to play 36 holes each day, make sure to save time for lunch at any of our seven resort restaurant options that serve lunch in season (http://www.kiawahresort.com/dining/)
Additional services: Kiawah offers a variety of amenities and unique services to help us achieve our goal of providing the best experience available anywhere in the world. Services from our Five Star Spa (http://www.kiawahresort.com/spa/) can enhance a resort package, and enjoying the resort’s fine dining in one of our four private dining rooms will provide a perfect way to reflect on the best and worst shots of the day.
Each group is provided a Golf Services Manager to assist with planning the specifics of your trip, so you can leave the details to us and just worry about sharpening your game. We can also provide bag handling and transfer services, so your clubs will be clean and waiting for you at each course along the way. Finally, our caddie services are available and recommended at the Ocean Course to help you enjoy golf the way it was meant to be played.
Tommy Cuthbert Learning Center: Kiawah’s staff of professionals is ready to help you play your best golf at the resort, and you can choose from an extensive golf academy or a short 45 minute clinic to provide a refresher before making your way to the first tee. The Learning Center is conveniently located at Turtle Point, very close to The Sanctuary and East Beach Villas. (http://www.kiawahresort.com/golf/the-golf-learning-center.php)
Here’s what the folks at Golf Magazine think about Kiawah Island Golf Resort: http://blogs.golf.com/trips/2012/02/course-spy-the-ocean-course-at-kiawah-island.html