Charleston is among the most-preferred golf destinations in the
Southeast, offering a variety of premiere public and private
championship courses characterized by challenging design and natural
beauty. And with the city's host of pleasurable amenities that
include dazzling beaches, gloriously historic architecture, stunning
gardens and excellent restaurants, a tee time in the Charleston area
is a date not to be missed.
Charleston's barrier islands feature
golden sands, foaming surf and a host of championship courses,
including five award-winning links on Kiawah Island alone designed
by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde
Johnston. Kiawah's fabulous Ocean Course wends its way past
incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, and has hosted the 2007
Senior PGA, the 1991 Ryder Cup, 1997 and 2003 World Cups, 2001 UBS
Cup, 2005 PGA Professional National Championship, and in 2012 will
host the PGA Championship. The Turtle Point Course is longest on
Kiawah and features narrow fairways, small greens and difficult
water hazards for a great test of golfing skills; the Osprey Point
Course is a Kiawah favorite for its gorgeous layout amid four large,
natural lakes and its elegant clubhouse and dining room; the Oak
Point Course is a great all-around course featuring river views from
the site of an historic indigo and rice plantation; and the Cougar
Point Course offers scenery and strategy on short par-fours that
demand good targeting skills to avoid natural obstacles. Golf
training packages and a Golf Learning Center enhance the Kiawah
experience for golfers at every level.
Next door at Seabrook Island, the
Crooked Oaks Course designed by Robert Trent Jones and the Ocean
Winds Course designed by William Byrd offer 36 holes and more than
13,000 yards of wonderful views of ocean waves, beachfront, marsh,
tidal creeks and maritime forest along windswept fairways.
On the Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes Resort features the 6700-yard Links
Course, a Tom Fazio design amid rolling dunes and towering palms
within a short stroll to the island's dazzling beach. The 6500-yard
Harbor Course wends its way through breath-taking waterway views and
lagoons. Seabrook Island, and Edisto Island, five more
beautifully-sculpted courses by legendary designers overlook
pounding surf, maritime forest and marsh estuary.
Daniel Island boasts championship
golf in a comfortable natural setting amid marshes, tidal creeks and
lagoons that attract wood storks, herons and egrets. The Tom Fazio-designed
Beresford Creek Course and the Rees Jones-designed Ralston Creek
Course are both in excess of 7,000 yards and have earned Daniel
Island distinction as one of "America's Top 100 Golf Communities"
named by Travel + Leisure Golf magazine in 2006.
James Island, Mount Pleasant, North
Charleston, West Ashley and Johns Island also feature more than a
dozen exceptional public and private golfing facilities designed by
the likes of Rees Jones and Arnold Palmer along riverfront, tidal
marsh, lagoon and amid towering oaks and pines. At Stono Ferry
Plantation, the immaculate waterfront course is laid out on the site
of military fortifications from the Revolution and Civil War. The
Links at Charleston National Golf Club has earned award-winning
acclaim from Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure Golf, and Where To Retire
magazines for its dramatic layout along waterways and coastal
forest, while Arnie's signature Rivertowne Country Club Course was
named South Carolina Course of the Year in 2004, and earned 4.5
stars in Golf Digest magazine's "Places to Play" for its lush
setting amid tidal creeks and rivers and its accommodation of skill
levels that range from 5300 to 7200 yards.
Among the enjoyable public courses in
scenic locations around Charleston are the Patriot's Point Links, a
championship 18-hole course overlooking Charleston Harbor and Fort
Sumter, and the Charleston Municipal Golf Course that borders the
beautiful Stono River and offers 18 holes of oak-lined fairways.
Charleston's sunny, sub-tropical climate allows golf to be
pleasurably enjoyed throughout the year, including some prestigious
social and sporting events such as the annual Azalea Golf Classic at
the historic Country Club of Charleston each Spring. Charleston was
the site of the first golf club in America, established downtown at
Harleston Green in 1786, and the golfing tradition has been firmly
been upheld with distinction ever since.
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