Designed to promote the use of local and sustainable seafood in South Carolina’s restaurants, the Sustainable Seafood Initiative helps ensure that consumers have fish for the future by teaching our partner chefs about sustainable and local seafood, assessing their menus, and encouraging consumers to dine at our partner restaurants.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Sanctuary are proud to work with Sustainable Seafood Initiative in our restaurants and catering facilities in an effort to promote the conservation of fishery resources and the use of locally and domestically caught seafood. The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary will be highlighting this initiative Thursday, March 14th with Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Venable leading the team with a beautiful five course menu. A few of the major highlights within this beautifully crafted menu is Charleston Flounder Crudo, Folly Beach Little Neck Clams, Saffron Poached Black Sea Bass, and Cherry Point Swordfish.
–Race will feature individuals and relay teams competing in a .7-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and 6-mile run
The organizers of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon today announced that the new Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will be contested on Kiawah Island on September 15, 2013. Tri-Kiawah will be a USAT sanctioned intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 24-mile bike and 6-mile run. This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston area to feature an ocean swim. Please note: bike and run courses are in the process of being finalized. Once complete, exact course measurements will be published.
Motivation is easy when working or volunteering at an event where others are accomplishing their long time goals. After working this past year’s 35th annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, I found this same motivation, and chose to start training for a half marathon myself.
My first race I would love to run is the one located at my work place, and favorite island; the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon! Having the responsibility of being a course manager for this race, I have come to terms with the fact that working and running the same event, is not a feasible option. Because of this I am choosing to run the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon located in the country music capital, Nashville, TN.
On March 30, 2013 we will be holding the 2nd Annual Disc Golf tournament in Night Heron Park at Kiawah Island. Disc Golf is an up and coming, unique twist on golf. It’s a great recreational activity that combines the objective of golf (get the ball in the hole, in this case, the disc in the basket), with an exciting new way to play Frisbee and exercise. We are excited to announce that this year we will be having 2 shotgun starts, the first at 11am and the second at 12pm. Prizes will be given out to the winners of each age group and we will have a raffle drawing at the end of the tournament.
Similar to a dog barking at a stranger at your door, birds alert one another when there is a threat in their neighborhood. On February 5th, as our recreation staff was finishing a meeting in Night Heron Park, we were alerted by a large group of crows creating a ruckus in the trees near the pond observation deck. We searched the nearby trees and shrub habitat, and determined the source of the crow noises- a small collared bobcat taking a snooze underneath a wax myrtle on the edge of the pond! We quietly watched her wake up from her slumber, stretch, yawn and slowly walk away. From her location and collar information, we determined her to be the 15lb Parkside 700 cat!
The two big winter/spring golf events have sold out! Please make sure y’all book early next year so you won’t miss out on the fun!
Annual Friendship Cup ~ February 28 – March 3, 2013
A two-man tournament for male amateur players is contested on the world-famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship. Enjoy lavish receptions, hospitality rooms and a new and unique dinner reception at The Sanctuary, as well as an array of fantastic prizes during this three-day event. Non playing spouses or significant others will love the Forbes Five Star Spa at The Sanctuary.This Event Sold Out.
The National Pro-Am
March 10 – 14, 2013
PGA club professionals from all across the U.S., along with three of their members, will tee it up during the 14th 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. This Event Is Sold Out
As part of the Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort being awarded Five Stars in the Forbes Travel Guide, we’re featured on their www.startle.com web site. Below is some of the Q&A that our resident Spa Expert, Jerily Kuthe (Spa Director) has answered for Forbes:
What is the best way to get an appointment at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island?
The best way to get an appointment at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is to book your appointment when you make your hotel reservations, this will ensure that you get the services and time slots that you want. The next best option is to book when you receive your pre-visit call from The Sanctuary staff, which usually takes place about two weeks prior to your visit. This is a popular Five-Star spa, so the earlier you book your appointments, the better, especially for weekend appointments. You can also make appointments through the concierge upon your arrival or by calling the spa directly to set up an appointment. However, if you’re not staying at The Sanctuary, you can still book a spa day at this luxurious getaway. Whether you call or email the spa directly is up to you, but we suggest you do it in advance to make sure you get your relaxation wishes granted.
Recently, Kiawah Island Naturalists have been busy helping Aaron Given, Assistant Town Biologist, with his winter marsh sparrow banding research. Throughout the winter months Aaron selects a few days centered around a daytime high tide that is at least 5.8 ft to conduct the banding. Aaron is targeting three species that winter here: Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow and the Saltmarsh Sparrow. While each species appear to look quite similar on first glance, they do have unique color nuances that help to distinguish them. These sparrows take refuge in the grasses that grow at a higher elevation (like Black Needle Rush or Sea- Oxeye Daisy) when the Spartina grass which grows at a lower elevation, is flooded by the high tide water. These higher grasses are found either on the edge of an island or in pockets (developing islands) scattered throughout our vast marshland.
January 4th, 2013 was our day to conduct our first official Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Every year, as is tradition, bird-minded volunteers participate in annual Christmas bird counts around the country. This research is critical to scientists as it provides useful information about habitat shift, climate change and habitat loss so that conservation efforts can be developed. The species list (with individual species numbers) is then submitted to the National Audubon Society as part of a large citizen science project that is the longest running wildlife survey in the world. This year our Sea Island Bird Count included not only Kiawah, but also neighboring islands including: Johns Island, Wadmalaw, Seabrook and Deveaux Bank.
This year was a great success, in one day we counted 146 species and 22,652 individuals! Some highlights include Roseate Spoonbill, Painted Bunting, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Winter Wren, Red-headed Woodpecker, American White Pelican, Wilson’s Plover, and American Bittern. This CBC would not have been possible without the 47 participants and private landowners who allowed us to count birds on their property!