courtesy Gulf Shore and Orange Beach Tourism
Published March 12, 2018
The South has everything groups need for enjoyable golf trips: ocean views, balmy weather and world-class entertainment just minutes from the course. Many resorts offer all-inclusive golf packages that cover lodging and tee times, making these dream trips affordable for every traveler. Before you plot your next course down South, consider taking your group to one of the following golf destinations.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of South Carolina’s foremost golf destinations, boasting 90 holes of championship golf along pristine beaches and lush low-country landscape.
“You can come to one resort and, within 20 minutes, drive from one end of the island to the next to play these championship-level golf courses,” said Bryan Hunter, public relations director at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s flagship course, the Ocean Course, is one of only four courses in the United States to have hosted every major PGA event, among them the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship. It is consistently ranked as one of the top golf courses in the world and will host the PGA Championship again in 2021. Pete Dye designed the course to be level with the top of the dunes along the beach, so players are completely exposed to strong and unpredictable ocean winds.
“It’s very unusual for an American course to be built more like a Scottish course: not overly manicured and with natural hazard areas,” said Hunter.
Surrounded by maritime forest and salt-water marshes, Osprey Point is favored by many resort guests for its stunning layout and scenery. Oak Point brings various elements of water into play as it winds along the Kiawah River and Haulover Creek. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Turtle Point features tight fairways that challenge players to make precise shots.
Cougar Point reopened to rave reviews in 2017 following an extensive 10-month renovation and was recently rated “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Association.
“It’s a thinking golfers’ course,” said Hunter. “It looks very simple from an initial impression, but from the way he designed the course, you really have to think through each shot strategically.”
Groups can rent their own private villa or luxuriate in five-star accommodations at the award-winning Sanctuary Hotel, which offers exceptional dining, a world-class tennis program and a spa.