Kiawah Island Golf Resort opened in 1974 and features five championship golf courses across an area of 10 miles. The most notable of these is the Ocean Course, which opened in 1991 and hosted the Ryder Cup that year and known as the “War on the Shore.” The USA won 14½ – 13½ after Europe’s Bernhard Langer missed a putt on the 18th hole which would have won his match and retain the cup.
The course has also hosted the the World Cup of Golf twice – won by Pádraig Harrington and Paul McGinley of Ireland in 1997 and Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman of South Africa in 2003.
The PGA Championship was played at the course for the first time in 2012, with Rory McIlroy winning by a record 8 strokes. The tournament will return for a second time in 2021.
Other tournaments to be played on the Ocean Course include the PGA Professional Championship in 2005 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2007.
Par: 72 (Ocean Course), 72 (Turtle Point), 72 (Osprey Point), 72 (Oak Point) & 72 (Cougar Point)
Location & Travel to Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is located in the town of Kiawah Island, located 25 miles southwest of Charleston in the state of South Carolina.
Airport – Charleston International Airport is the largest airport in South Carolina and has a number of flights across the United States, as well as a direct flight to London Heathrow. The airport is approximately 35 miles north of the golf resort, with a travel time of about 50 minutes.
Driving & Parking – from the North or West approach the Charleston area on I-95 South and/or I-26 East to I-526 West. Follow I-526 to 17 South, travel about 5 miles and turn left onto Main Road. and follow the signs. From the South follow I-95 North to US-17 North (Charleston – Exit 33). Travel 52 miles on US-17, then turn right onto Main Road. During the 2021 PGA Championship, public parking will be located at Lot GP near Freshfields (830 Kiawah Island Parkway, Johns Island, SC 29455) with a complimentary shuttle service to and from the course.
Where to stay in Charleston
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an on site hotel and spa that features 255 rooms.
Playing at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
All five championship golf courses are open to the public, to check green fees and book your tee time visit the official website here.