Just off the exquisite shores around Charleston is an oceanfront golfing bliss. The Sanctuary at Kiawah is island luxury, grandiose greens, and sandy heaven. Well, the beach sand is heaven, anyway: We hear it’s best to avoid any sand the courses.
The resort’s 225 luxurious rooms and suites of all different shapes and sizes include the the largest resort digs on the east coast—the massive King rooms. The Sanctuary also has a 3000-square-foot Presidential Suite, for those feeling, well…presidential. Each room in the hotel is custom-designed and handcrafted with unique desks and armoires, ensuring that every return visit (of which there should be many) is distinct.
The courses on Kiawah Island, on the other hand, are a constant. They hardly change, and that’s a good thing: These are the kinds of dazzling green stretches you’ll want to get familiar with. They embrace the beach-y landscape without detracting from the natural beauty of the island. Don’t miss the Ocean Course—it’s consistently ranked among the best golf courses in the world for a reason.
The resort may be called The Sanctuary, but Kiawah itself is a haven of relaxation. The island is a place removed from the bustle of Charleston, a spot for golfing types who love the lower coast of South Carolina without all the big city bells and whistles. The island and its world-renowned resort represent the LowCountry at its peaceful, reticent best.
Plan Your Weekend
Check in, then…
Whether you’re in the mood for Italian or not, Tomasso at Turtle Point is your Friday dinner spot. Skip the pasta, which is suitably authentic and delectable, and go for the restaurant’s secret specialty: pizza. It may sound blasphemous, but these pies are one of your best meal options on the island.
Wake up, then…
Make your tee-time, obviously. If you’re not a golf person, well, you’ve probably found yourself on the wrong vacay. Do some South Carolina spicy pork at Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, with a local draft your choice. If you’re fresh out of good swings, it the beach for the rest of the day. Sunset-watching on Kiawah is a necessity.
Before you head home…
Grab a hearty brunch at Southern Kitchen. This is some the finest American fare on the island, and their bennies are the perfect way to conclude the weekend.