Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Play the Nation’s Most Awe-Inspiring Resort Golf Courses
The biggest names in golf have made their mark on Kiawah’s championship courses — both as designers and pro players putting their skills to the ultimate test during the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and other top-level tournaments. Year-after-year, the most respected experts place their resort golf courses at the top of every list. Shouldn’t they top your list, too?
Kiawah Island is ten miles of wide, immaculate, oceanfront beach that invites you to stroll or cycle for hours without interruption. Soothing by day, romantic by night, the beach is complemented by the island’s river, meandering lagoons, pristine marshlands and maritime forests. Each sun-washed day ends beneath a star-studded southern sky. Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a destination like no other. Their guests enjoy world-class accommodations, amenities and recreational facilities so you can fully experience the resort lifestyle.
The Ocean Course: An American Icon
Join the ranks of avid golfers who have The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on their must-play list for a true test of skill. Located on the eastern-most end of the island, The Ocean Course boasts the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere with ten hugging the Atlantic and the other eight running parallel to those. Although it was originally planned to sit behind the dunes, designer Pete Dye's wife, Alice, suggested raising the entire course to give players unobstructed views of Kiawah's stunning coastline from every hole. One catch? This improved view made the course substantially more demanding as it also exposed play to the Atlantic's brisk and unpredictable breezes.
Interesting fact: Because there are no prevailing winds on The Ocean Course, Dye designed two courses in one—one for an easterly and the other for a westerly wind.
Osprey Point Golf Course
What began as a members-only golf course on the island noted for its playability has evolved into a championship-level course with a world-class layout that was completely renovated in 2014 under the direction of course architect Tom Fazio. Today's Osprey Point still delivers on its playability and natural beauty and gets rave reviews for its pristine conditions and elegant clubhouse.
Each hole on Osprey Point is unique and memorable—with four challenging par-3s, four extremely distinctive par-5s and ten outstanding par-4s ranging in length from 340 to 461 yards.
Turtle Point Golf Course
After a comprehensive nine-month renovation led by Jack Nicklaus and members of his architectural team, Turtle Point reopened in late 2016 to rave player reviews. Sweeping improvements included regrassing with Paspalum, rebuilding of all bunkers, laser-leveling all tee boxes and reestablishing irrigation throughout the course.
Turtle Point exemplifies Jack Nicklaus' firm design philosophy to “make the player use his mind ahead of his muscles—to control his emotions sufficiently to really think through his options before drawing a club from the bag.”
Cougar Point Golf Course
Following an extensive 10-month renovation in tandem with Gary Player Design, Cougar Point reopened on October 1, 2017 to rave reviews—winning over Kiawah Island golfers with its dramatic marsh vistas and superior playability. Whether you've played the old Cougar Point or have never stepped foot on its greens, this renovated course is a must-play at the resort.
Cougar Point's short and long par-4s, great risk/reward 5s and extremely scenic and challenging par-3s demand that you approach your round with a smart strategy.
Oak Point Golf Course
Completely renovated in 2015, Oak Point delivers a superior playing surface with its regrassing in Paspalum and greater strategic challenges through a refreshed design. Originally conceived by Clyde Johnston, a noted Southeastern golf course architect, Oak Point sits by the Kiawah River and Haulover Creek, surrounded by maritime forest.
A true shotmaker's course, Oak Point showcases undulating fairways and challenging greens on a meticulously maintained course that favors a thinking approach over raw power.
The Sanctuary Hotel
The Carolina coast offers countless vacation destinations and places to stay. But none equal to The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Just 21 miles from Charleston, this South Carolina luxury beach resort hotel delivers 5-Star service and unequalled accommodations. So you feel like your needs are being met even before you realize them—all in a truly sumptuous setting.
Choose from 255 well-appointed guestrooms, with King rooms spanning 520 square feet or more. Or upgrade to an exceptional suite, including the awe-inspiring 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite.
From luxurious, interior-designer properties to casual, laid-back units, find the Kiawah Island Golf Resort villa that fits your needs and budget. Remember, you only receive exclusive access to a collection of coveted guest privileges when you book your villa directly with them.
Premier Villas | In their finest-appointed villas, you'll enjoy solid surface counters in the fully equipped kitchen and bathrooms, flat screen TVs in the living room and bedrooms and designer touches throughout for the ultimate island escape.
Deluxe Villas | Stylish and relaxed, their mid-priced Deluxe Villas offer comfortable furnishings, full kitchens and televisions in both the living area and master bedroom. Some Deluxe villas also accept pets.
Resort Villas | Traveling with your furry friend? Their clean and cozy Resort Villas offer the most pet-friendly choices and are an affordable option with casual furnishings plus all the conveniences of home.
Ocean Course Cottages
Part of Our Future Expansion
A bucket-list golf getaway to The Ocean Course is about to get even more awe-inspiring. Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the world-renowned firm that designed The Ocean Course Clubhouse, is designing four distinctive two-story, four-bedroom vacation cottages to be situated mere steps from the clubhouse. The cottages will ensconce guests in relaxed luxury while providing sweeping views across the driving range to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ultimate Golf or Beach Vacation
Imagine waking up in a gorgeous home on an unspoiled barrier island, right by the beach or golf course of your dreams. You can stop imagining and start living it with Kiawah Island Golf Resort's curated collection of private and premier home rentals dotting our 10-mile island paradise. Simply choose how many bedrooms you'll need, your preferred home type, location and desired view and start living the dream.
The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary
As the premier steakhouse on Kiawah, The Ocean Room serves masterful dishes crafted from locally sourced beef, poultry and produce in a seasonally changing menu—all complemented by a wine list showcasing more than 1,000 superior selections. This elegant restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is perennially awarded both Forbes 4-Star and AAA 4-Diamond ratings, so you're ensured an unparalleled dining experience.
Turtle Point Bar & Grille at Turtle Point Clubhouse
Stop in for a casual lunch or dinner, a quick bite before or after a round of golf, or cocktails anytime. A variety of dining options are available throughout the day and evening, including favorites such as their pizzas, artisanal sandwiches, salads and more.
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House at Osprey Point Clubhouse
Proud to be a stop on the South Carolina BBQ Trail in the state that invented the slow-and-low cooking method, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House serves up top-quality meats smoked over local hardwoods, rubbed with signature seasonings and dripping with tangy, house-made sauces. The restaurant's selection of more than 60 local, imported, draft and craft beers are the perfect complement to the authentic BBQ dishes. Rounding out the menu are hearty appetizers, soups, salads and desserts.
Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary
Your home for genuine Lowcountry cuisine at breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, Jasmine Porch has been named “Best Downhome Cookery” by the prestigiousAndrew Harper's Hideaway Report. Seasonal menus are inspired by the seafood pulled directly from the local waters and certified organic produce from around the region. Charleston brick walls, hewn oak floors and briny ocean air set the ambiance for your ultra-relaxed, eat-local meal.
Loggerhead Grill at The Sanctuary
With The Sanctuary pool and Atlantic Ocean in full view, you'll feel like you're on an island within an island. The menu showcasing gourmet sandwiches, grilled burgers, fresh salads and light wraps complemented by frozen drinks and specialty cocktails makes it paradise. Dining at Loggerhead Grill is open to all, but only guests of The Sanctuary are permitted to use the pool.
The Lobby Bar at The Sanctuary
Sink back in the comfort of Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Sanctuary Lobby Bar—an intimate space reminiscent of a parlor in a gracious Southern mansion from a bygone era. The menu features an extensive offering of specialty cocktails, wines, beer, spirits and light fare. Plus, Friday and Saturday nights feature live piano music for your entertainment.
Beaches & Cream at The Sanctuary
There's so much to do at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, but there's always time (and room in your belly) for ice cream! Beaches and Cream serves only Wholly Cow natural ice cream—plus malts, shakes and floats. You can also pick up a hot or cold breakfast on-the-go, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, paninis, sandwiches and more.
The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island Golf Resort's signature seafood restaurant, The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh regional catches procured through partnerships with local fishermen—all complemented by an extensive wine list of classic favorites and exciting new selections. The true hallmark of every dish is The Atlantic Room's uncomplicated “taste of the season” preparations.
The Ryder Cup Bar at The Ocean Course
Whether you're gathering your foursome for a post-round drink, grabbing a casual lunch with family on the veranda, or toasting the sunset over the ocean, the Ryder Cup Bar is your perfect gathering place. Serving modern pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating, this eatery is also popular for its salt-air breezes and spectacular views of The Ocean Course and beach beyond.
Tomasso at Turtle Point
Tomasso at Turtle Point is Kiawah's Italian Gathering Place showcasing old-world cuisine elevated with a contemporary influence of the Lowcountry's fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Choose from Chef Derick Wade's hand-made pastas, sauces, pizzas and breads—all prepared daily—and complemented by an inspired wine list featuring everything from crisp Pinot Grigios to full-bodied Barolos. Then finish off your meal with a decadent dessert and a glass of house-made Limoncello.