Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island Resort

Located on a beautiful barrier island just a few miles from historic Charleston, South Carolina lies Kiawah Island Resort. The resort boasts five top class golf courses, four on the island itself, including the world famous Ocean Course which held the 1991 ‘War on the Shore’ Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship where Rory McIlroy was triumphant.

Ocean Course Kiawah
The famous Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island Golf

The Ocean Course needs no introduction, but Kiawah also boasts top class layouts by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Fazio. With several other great courses nearby it is a true golfing paradise. Take a look at our Kiawah Island Golf page for more information.

Turtle Point
The 15th hole at Turtle Point


The jewel in the crown at Kiawah Island Resort is the 5 diamond award, ocean front Sanctuary Hotel. We also offer a wide range of villas and private homes for those looking for a self catering option.

Check out our Kiawah Accommodation page for more details

The Sanctuary
5 star accommodation at The Sanctuary

Resort Facilities

The resort boasts five top class golf courses, four on the island itself, including the world famous Ocean Course which held the 1991 ‘War on the Shore’ Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship where Rory McIlroy was triumphant.

Tennis is a big feature as well with 24 Har-Tru, clay and hard courts and a myriad of instructional programs offered at the #1 Tennis Resort in the World, as ranked by

There are plenty of other activities from kayaking and nature tours to bicycling and days spent at the beach. It is about a 45 minute drive to downtown Charleston to the north.

Other facilities at the resort including a number of outdoor pools, shops and recreational activities. Nature is the number one attraction and guests can enjoy bird watching, alligator walks, loggerhead turtle viewing and there are 10 miles of nature trails which you can explore by foot or bike.

Sanctuary Boutique
Boutique shopping at The Sanctuary

Resort Dining

The resort has plenty of choice when it comes to dining and refreshments. At The Market at Town Center, you can eat in or take out at Kiawah’s neighborhood market, with a delicatessen featuring daily specials and a wide variety of grocery items, newspapers and gifts. The Market is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

At the Inn Side Scoop you can enjoy hand-dipped ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes and malts plus a selection of novelty candy. Sample Freshly roasted oysters, BBQ and more at Mingo Point where you can dance to live music and enjoy the sunset views over the Kiawah River. Dine poolside at The Night Heron Grill where you will find a range of sandwhiches, burgers and salads.

The Southern Kitchen is the perfect place to start every day at Kiawah. Located in the Straw Market at West beach, enjoy all day breakfast items such as specialty omelets, chicken and waffles, blueberry pancakes and praline French toast plus several lighter options. For lunch they also serve a variety of salads and sandwiches.

At The Sanctuary there is the The Ocean Room, Kiawah’s signature steakhouse. Jasmine Porch, which serves traditional Lowcountry-style cuisine. Loggerhead Grill, A tropical oceanfront cafe offers poolside dining while for those with a sweet tooth there is Beaches & Cream for quick snacks and decadent sweets.

Kiawah fine dining
Kiawah fine dining

There are also plenty of golf club dining opportunities with the Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House at Osprey Point, Tomasso at Turtle Point and the Ryder Cup Bar and the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course.


As an island beach resort, accommodation is expensive in the summer and temperatures are high and humid.

Peak Golf season runs from mid March through to early May with October also being a peak month as well, although rates are not as high as in the Spring. Courses are at their busiest but the weather and course conditions are at their very best.

That said May, June, September, November and December are all great times to visit the area for golfers. Courses are quieter, rates are lower and playing conditions are fantastic pretty much all year round.

Winter temperatures can be variable but it is generally dry and sunny in the early winter months so if you don’t mind some cold mornings you can make the most of the great rates at that time of year. The weather in January and February are a bit more unpredictable but a really bad winter is rare.

Cougar Point
Sunrise at Cougar Point


If you would like a quote or just want some additional information or advice please contact us. 

We spend almost half our time in the US, a lot of the time travelling which is why we do not publish a phone number.  We therefore prefer that you contact us via email but if you wish to speak by phone then please give us a time and a number and we will call you.

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