Kiawah Island: Low Country High

Written by Tom Thrun.

The second week of the new millennium was cold and snowy and golf was sounding pretty good. We decided to roll the weather dice and take a weekend golf trip to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The climate during this time of the year can be anything from 70’s and sunny to 40’s and icy. Fortunately for us the entire weekend was warm with sunshine making it three days of golf heaven. Kiawah Island is about a half hour from Charleston in the South Carolina’s low country. We stayed at the Kiawah Island Resort, which offers accommodations ranging from hotel rooms to villas to private homes with world-class golf as the centerpiece.

The island has five very different championship golf courses including the famous Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder cup known as the ‘war on the shore’. We played 72 holes in 3 days, twice at the Ocean Course and a round each on Jack Nicklaus’s Turtle Point and Tom Fazio’s Osprey Point. Each golf course is unique offering totally different golf experiences. The dining options on the island are also unique and diverse. We had an outstanding dinner at the Indigo House specializing in gourmet low country cuisine. After our golf orgy we visited historic Charleston on our way back to the airport. Spared by the union army, Charleston is rich with civil war homes and buildings along with great restaurants and shopping.

Because it was off-season, our upscale trip was an incredible bargain. Accommodation’s and green fees were almost half price on top of being a much needed break from the cold of Michigan winter. The weather is a gamble, but the experience is not. Call Joy or myself for details.

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