Kiawah Island Golf Resort gets a Rave Review by Luxe Recess, the family travel web site that describes itself as “For Parents who like really nice hotels.”

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Jacobs Stephens awards Kiawah's Roy Barth Jacobs Bowl, USTA Southern’s highest honor

Jacobs Stephens awards Kiawah’s Roy Barth Jacobs Bowl, USTA Southern’s highest honor




ATLANTA – January 16, 2015 – Roy Barth, of Charleston, South Carolina, was presented the USTA Southern’s 2015 Jacobs Bowl at its annual meeting this month. The highest award presented by the USTA Southern, the Jacobs Bowl honors a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service to USTA Southern.

Barth has been the Director of Tennis at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1976, and teaches at the tennis facility that bears his name. He is presently the president of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He has been certified as a Master PTR professional since 2007.

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Meetings 2

With the New Year underway, it’s the perfect time to revaluate work, strategies, and goals to get the most out of what you’re trying to achieve. With colleagues feeling refreshed and re-energized, now is the time to get managers on board with your plans for your next team meeting, whether it be a corporate retreat, team building opportunity, product launch, or so on.

Keep these resolutions in mind as you outline goals and objectives for your next team event, ensuring you get the most out of your meeting here on Kiawah Island!

1. Vow not to overwhelm attendees.

Whether you’re having an intimate strategy session, or a product launch for hundreds, the one constant to maximizing the ROI of any meeting is to set a humane rhythm to enhance productivity. Incorporating a few breaks is a must.

Though it seems like a common-sense approach, improving how we work by not working is still a relatively new idea. A study from the well-respected journal Cognition found that “even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.

To strike that perfect balance, the goal is to plan a stimulating, productive meeting; something memorable where participants are kept fully aware and immersed in the task at hand. To create that atmosphere, distraction plays a key part in immersing participants.

Here are our top tips and suggestions for quick breaks to incorporate into your organization’s meeting plans.

2. Challenge presenters to create engaging sessions.

Planning and organization are really only half the battle when it comes to meetings, because just as you wouldn’t consider an event without attendees a true ‘success,’ you likely wouldn’t consider an event with a disengaged audience a success either.

With a little forethought, there are some tips and tricks you can use to ensure your meeting in South Carolina is a true success – complete with engaged, attentive conference guests that are both content and productive.

Let the expert South Carolina meetings and events planners here at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort help guide you in the right direction with these tips for keeping your audience engaged.

3. Use the local environment to inspire attendees.

From world-class cuisine, to unique sights, attractions, and activities, Kiawah Island offers so much that will inspire, motivate, and recharge your colleagues. Our one-of-a-kind, sought-after destination is a selling feature for most of our guests, so please, take advantage!

Local Cuisine

When it comes to mealtime, proper nutrition is essential to fuelling a successful conference, meeting, or event.

Not only do conferences and the like tend to extend beyond the hours of a typical work day, but they also demand prolonged concentration for longer stretches of time. As such, conference organizers are routinely challenged with how to keep conference attendees engaged throughout the entire event.

The good news? There is one very basic thing you can do to prepare your guests for the day ahead: provide them with the best nutrition possible.

This doesn’t have to mean serving up a plain (read: boring) meal – in fact, at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, it means quite the opposite! With Lowcountry bounty all around us, we have just what you need to fuel your guests while also engaging and exciting them in the all-important mealtime.

Discover how to use culinary experiences to create a memorable meeting on Kiawah Island.

Local Activities & Attractions

When it comes to planning meetings and events here on Kiawah Island, the island itself is an important piece of the puzzle, bringing guests from near and far looking to discover a little piece of paradise.

Though our meeting rooms and facilities on Kiawah Island are second to none, your delegates will be much more excited by the prospect of the things to see and do on the island, including tennis, golf, kayaking, spa visits, and much more.

Beyond the meeting room, discover 5 things your delegates can see and do after your meeting on Kiawah Island.

4. Commit to going green.

As ambassadors to Kiawah Island, nature, and our guests, we’re proud to contribute in every way possible to preserving our planet and promoting green conscientiousness. Part of what makes Kiawah Island so special is its natural beauty, and we want to be able to continue sharing that with you and your delegates for many years to come.

When planning your next meeting or conference on Kiawah Island, talk to us about how you can make a difference in helping the environment, and consider these simple tips for holding a green meeting.

5. Stay on budget.

We know what it takes for your event to go off without a hitch. From perfectly planned menus, to unforgettable entertainment, to the comfort and leisure your guests need in order to be productive.

We also know the costs associated with all of these things, and are here to help you navigate your budget and plan the best possible conference or meeting on Kiawah that sticks to your bottom line.

So don’t let budget concerns get in the way – experiencing the magic of KIGR on a budget has never been easier with these helpful tips on how to keep your meetings and conferences on budget in South Carolina.

Find out what else makes Kiawah Island the perfect meeting destination.

For inquiries and bookings, please submit your request for proposal through our site, or, give us a call to discuss any additional questions, requirements, and so on: (800) 576-1585. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Ocean Course- home of the 2012 PGA

Golf and fundraising events always seem to be a popular combination. But have you ever wondered what it is about golf and business that go together so well? Turns out, there are many reasons why golf and business go hand-in-hand. Let us break it down for you:

  1. Golf encourages team building
  2. It fosters day-long interaction between members and colleagues
  3. It provides a casual atmosphere where business discussions can happen naturally
  4. It establishes a connection between colleagues & gives them something in common

Considering these reasons – and many others – it likely doesn’t come as much of a surprise that golf seamlessly moves beyond the world of fundraising to the world of corporate meetings and event. It’s a natural fit.

There’s golf, and then there’s business golf.

A common misunderstanding we encounter when working with meeting planners is that they’re often under the impression that golf is an extremely time-consuming activity that can only be enjoyed by experienced players. The truth is, there’s a difference between regular golf, and business golf.

‘Business’ golf is so flexible that event planners shouldn’t dismiss the idea of including it in a meeting or event without first learning about all the possibilities for team building, camaraderie and rewarding the group with enjoyable recreation.

At KIGR, countless meeting attendees have played the traditional 18 holes of golf together during a company meeting or event. With five highly respected courses and a year-round climate conducive to golf, this is undoubtedly a primary draw for many groups that come to the Island.

Golf accommodates experienced & first-time players.

Of course, not every meeting attendee will be a seasoned golfer, and many may never have even set foot on a course before. And that is OK. We use a variety of business golf activities to successfully entertain meeting attendees – many of whom know nothing about golf when they first arrive on the Island.

Brian Gerard – Director of Golf for KIGR’s five courses and its golf school – encourages planners who have upcoming meetings at the Resort to consult with golf staff to find out how business golf activities can fit perfectly into a meeting agenda, delivering not just entertainment, but also greater camaraderie to the entire group.

These activities resonate with attendees because they are unique. Very few resorts have the ability to do the range of things we can do,” he says. We are, after all, the #1 golf resort in South Carolina!

Golf provides a great mix of work & play.

Successful corporate events are largely about balance – making sure the work gets done, but inspiring individuals to get the job done through creativity, camaraderie, and fun. By incorporating golf into your meeting, you’ll achieve just that.

For example, attendees can pair off and participate in a miniature golf contest, with prizes for those who play the best. And after a late afternoon reception, a group can move back inside as the sun sets and have dinner in the sophisticated Atlantic Room.

By combining a low-stress golf activity with such a majestic setting, “We can keep the group together all day but bring variety to their experience,” Gerard notes. “This creates a lasting memory for golfers and non-golfers alike.”

There are endless options.

There are many ways to hold the perfect corporate golf event. Why not try gathering your group at the Resort’s golf school for a recreational event or reception?

Situated just a few steps from the Turtle Point Clubhouse – a business-ready facility that regularly hosts meeting groups – the golf school is perfect for learning clinics and fully accommodates the needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced golfers. Attendees learn the fundamentals of the full swing, plus the proper strokes for chipping and putting.

For non-golfers, a clinic is a perfect icebreaker to overcome any intimidation they may feel. Experienced golfers will be thrilled to receive personalized instruction from top-flight teaching pros and to compete against each other in skill contests.

And finally, resort staff will set up a refreshment station on the covered porch of the golf school, allowing attendees to participate in as much or as little golf as they choose! For planners, the best part of this experience is that it can be done in as few as 90 minutes.

This is a perfect option for groups with limited time, and it satisfies everyone because they get to spend time in a beautiful outdoor setting,” says Gerard.

At KIGR, our golf staff is always on hand to help you coordinate something fun and something memorable for your entire group. So worry not, because golf and corporate meetings certainly are a match made in heaven.

Your next meeting on Kiawah Island.

For inquiries and bookings, please submit your request for proposal through our site, or, give us a call to discuss any additional questions, requirements, and so on: (800) 576-1585. We look forward to hearing from you!

Find out what makes Kiawah Island the perfect meeting destination.

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The Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) has presented Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Recreation Department its 2015 Premier Recreation Operation Award.

Operation Award (800+ rooms) to Kiawah Island Golf Resort at the Association’s annual conference held this year on Captiva Island, Florida, at the South Seas Island Resort, November 7th through 10th.

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Grand Oaks Ballroom meeting set

Here at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR), we recognize that quite often, the people who are tasked with planning a meeting or conference for their organization are not necessarily event planners by trade.

In fact, many of our guests tell us that planning a conference or event is simply one of many tasks assigned to them at that moment in time. So along with time constraints and busy schedules, the person or people assigned with planning the meeting must also be sure to not only meet their company’s objectives for the meeting, but also do it at a reasonable cost (and of course, on budget).

This is no small feat! Thankfully, this is where your friends here on the Island come into play. Our conference and service representatives are here for you, and can act as full partners in creating the most productive and most enjoyable meeting possible. Here’s how to plan a meeting on Kiawah Island.

Define: What type of meeting are you holding?

Our conference sales team is well versed in guiding part-time planners through the process of matching a meeting’s needs to the correct spaces and formats so that all objectives are met.

First, we ask a planner about what type of meeting it will be,” says Spencer Hux, director of northeast sales for KIGR.

Depending on if it’s a high-level strategy session, employee training, a brainstorming session, a customer event, or something else, there will be a certain amount of time they’ll spend in formal learning spaces, in informal meeting spaces, and in dining and leisure spaces. So we help planners decide whether The Sanctuary and its offerings are the best fit for the group, or if the villas and their related meeting spaces will fit the bill.”

A 255-room luxury hotel with sweeping ocean views, The Sanctuary is ideal for upscale meetings that desire a secluded experience for groups ranging from 10 to 200 attendees. On the other hand, the 448 villas managed by KIGR work perfectly for larger meetings such as continuing medical education programs and annual sales conferences.

Set: A budget. And a date.

If cost is a primary consideration (and – of course – it often is), “we can help guests figure out not just the proper lodging and meeting space to fit their budget, but also how to best use our dining and social amenities,” Hux notes.

For instance, there are plenty of unique culinary options available for meetings on Kiawah Island, and we’re very flexible with banquet menus, offering everything from high-end restaurants in The Sanctuary and in the clubhouses at Turtle Point and The Ocean Course, to Oyster Roasts and buffet-style possibilities at Mingo Point — and many options in between.

Another aspect of cost control — one that many part-time planners don’t think about — is whether the meeting dates are even a little bit flexible. If dates are at all flexible, KIGR can often improve on the deal when the original dates would have coincided with especially high occupancy at the property.

For meetings that do not involve a lot of the company’s corporate executives, there’s often enough flexibility to shift the group a week later or a week earlier — simply from a Thursday – Sunday pattern to a Sunday – Wednesday pattern — and bring the group substantial savings,” says Hux.

Discover 4 ways to keep your meetings on budget at Kiawah.

Choose: Technology & AV equipment.

The event planners we have on staff help you carry out the best event possible, from start to finish. But one area where their expertise shines in particular is when it comes to technological considerations for a meeting.

Generally speaking, we find that meetings run by part-time (or, non) event planners don’t employ a lot of complex presentation or communication technology – and that’s OK.

But for the times when a planner has a meeting that needs more than basic projection and wireless internet, KIGR offers J&S Audio Visual, an in-house firm that can handle even the most heavy-duty technology needs. We’ll work alongside you as the liaison between your team and J&S.

Hux says it best: “We try to learn as much as possible about each meeting group so that we can recommend specific options around the property that would work well for every element of that specific program” says Hux.

We do not simply throw out everything the resort has to offer, because that is when part-time planners get bogged down and stressed out — and it is totally unnecessary. we know the property best, and it is our responsibility to leverage that knowledge for the benefit of the group and the planner.”

Work: Together.

After we’ve discussed the type of meeting you want to hold, and some of the key variables like budget, date, and a few other requirements, you’ll be well on your way to planning the perfect meeting on Kiawah Island.

The KIGR’s conference sales team will turn over all information collected to an in-house expert conference services manager, who will be your single point of contact with regard to every aspect of planning and executing the meeting itself.

From theme development, to set-up and teardown, to examining dining options, to choosing recreational activities, your on-site event planner is here to help you through the process and to put your mind at ease.

Your next meeting on Kiawah Island.

For inquiries and bookings, please submit your request for proposal through our site, or, give us a call to discuss any additional questions, requirements, and so on: (800) 576-1585. We look forward to hearing from you!

Find out what makes Kiawah Island the perfect meeting destination.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 2.37.01 PM Top 3 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina
No. 1 — Head to Kiawah Island!

Here’s what they have to say:

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A blog from The Liberty Project


From a recent blog from The Liberty Project, the modern revival of Liberty magazine, the iconic American lifestyle publication that dominated newsstands from 1924 to 1950. Much like the original magazine,The Liberty Project shines light on aspects of liberty that touch people’s lives through an array of thought-provoking, first-person perspectives on popular culture, world events and societal issues from today’s great writers, artists and thinkers. Their goal is to highlight liberty’s unwavering value and encourage people to live life fully, know liberty first hand, and share their insights with others.

Why Kiawah Island is an oasis of freedom from the daily grind

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Beach Chair


Sherman Travel recently posted the following blog on visiting Kiawah Island Golf Resort:

For a relaxing beach getaway, the South Carolina barrier island of Kiawah doesn’t come to mind nearly as often as we think it deserves. It’s home to 10 miles of sand, 30 miles of trails, and activities like beach yoga, evening concerts, and even gator tours. Onshore, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is essentially the only hotel travelers can check into, but never fear — with 11 restaurants, three pools, a spa, and five golf courses, the resort offers enough amenities that you won’t want to stray far. Here, your guide to the island:

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 bliss before baby

The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently ran a story on the top eight babymoon destinations.  Kiawah was high on the list.  Here’s what they said and a link to the story.  Check out Kiawah Island Golf Resort Bliss Before Baby link below to get more details and visit us prior to the big event!

Are you expecting a family expansion? Hotels and resorts across the United States are offering babymoon packages perfectly designed to accommodate a growing family.

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