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.

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No. 1 — Head to Kiawah Island!

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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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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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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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Seafood Salads

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: 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.

Over years of experience, we’ve heard over and over that the quality of food and beverage served is critical to attendees’ satisfaction with a particular conference or event. As such, creating menus and culinary experiences that are equally unique and inspirational as they are nutritious and delicious is paramount.

Using Lowcountry inspiration.

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s setting in the Carolina Lowcountry is central to the culinary experiences provided by our chefs. Many people come to KIGR for an authentic South Carolina experience, and our unique cuisine and its history are very central to that.

As a result, Matthew Fitzgerald (executive banquet chef for The Sanctuary at KIGR) explains that, “planners almost never limit themselves to what’s on our menus, because we can also provide so many local seasonal items that will make for unforgettable meals.”

Fostering local connections.

At the KIGR, we take great pride in the strength of our relationships between our chefs and the local farms.

Situated adjacent to Kiawah Island is Johns Island, a rich agricultural area that supplies the resort with a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and other items that shape the property’s standout cuisine.

The best and freshest ingredients available are a large part of what makes cooking nutritious meals for our guests possible. And the best and freshest ingredients not only fuel the body, but they also taste better.

Group culinary options on Kiawah Island.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s unique oceanfront position on Kiawah Island means that groups “can’t help but do the seafood.” KIGR offers up local favorites, like mahi, wahoo, striped bass, and wreckfish (unique to the waters off Charleston!).

Another popular option among guests is the Lowcountry boil KIGR offers, boasting fresh seafood, often combined with a whole hog roast on a spit, or even an authentic oyster roast at The Sanctuary where chefs will steam the oysters wrapped in burlap, shuck them, and roast them to perfection.

KIGR offers a variety of dining options from buffet style and elegant served dinners, to breakfast and luncheon events, so no matter what your preference, you’ll rest assured knowing your guests are getting the best nutrition and the best Lowcountry dining experience possible.

Take your choice from just about any dining experience you can think of, including:

  1. Bountiful Southern Breakfast Buffets
  2. Express and Executive Lunch Presentations
  3. Lowcountry Buffet Lunches and Cook-Outs
  4. Restaurant Style Selection Menus
  5. Elegant Formal Synchronized Service
  6. Interactive Cooking Demonstrations with our Chefs
  7. Wine and Beverage Tasting and Food Pairings

Specialty menu items & culinary experiences.

“For our group receptions and buffet meals, we’ll build a whole station around certain items and tell attendees the story behind what they’re eating.”

Local growers are even able to fulfill difficult special requests that the resort gets from some meeting clients. “They can use their greenhouses to raise crops that aren’t in season, so our guests can experience something completely unique,” Fitzgerald says.

For instance, when one corporate planner wanted alpine strawberries as a welcome amenity for attendees of a May meeting, “we worked with a local farmer starting in January to make sure the strawberries would ripen the same week attendees arrived. Those are the lengths we’ll go to when food is that important to a group.”

Like all the other aspects of hospitality at Kiawah Resort, the culinary team embraces an overarching philosophy. Fitzgerald explains, “Meeting planners can choose to take their groups anywhere, so we do everything we can to deliver the most memorable experience possible.”

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 else makes Kiawah Island the perfect meeting destination.

Summer Skin Damage Treatment

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Long summer days entice many of Kiawah’s guests to spend more time outdoors, often without adequate protection. Those extra nine holes, extra sets of tennis or another hour on the beach can take its toll. Excessive sun exposure can cause skin damage. The Sanctuary Spa offers numerous summer skin damage treatment regiments designed specifically to repair and restore sun-damaged skin and does it gently and naturally.

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort Operational after Historic Rain Event felt throughout the entire state of South Carolina.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort will resume most normal operations Wednesday, October 7, 2015 following the historic rain event that affected the entire state of South Carolina. Upward of 24 inches of rain fell on Kiawah Island over a three-day period between October 1 and October 4.

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