Those planning to hit the island’s signature links have their pick of golf courses. The resort boasts 90 holes of championship golf spread over five courses. The ocean course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, but those scheduling a tee time should be prepared for wind. The course’s locale pairs unmatched ocean views with unpredictable sea breezes.
If guests prefer tennis to golf, Kiawah currently ranks as the No. 2 tennis resort in the world. The island includes two complete complexes with a range of clay and hard courts, making a friendly match easily accessible. With clinics, camps, and private lessons among the offerings, the pro and novice alike have plenty to enjoy.
Wherever one ventures on Kiawah and whatever the activity, the island is rich in distinguishing features, both manmade and natural. From birders searching for an addition to their life lists to PGA champions vying for birdies and eagles—there is no shortage of ways to memorably enjoy this 10-mile island stretch of the Carolina coast.
With special wonders such as Bald Eagles and the colorful Painted Bunting, nesting on the island, Kiawah is favored by nature lovers. You can explore the landscape via excursions organized by the Nature Center, including creek fishing and a dolphin sighting boat trip. Getting out on the water is a top priority for most guests, says Elisabeth King, director of nature programming. Guests can explore via kayak or paddleboat—both popular rental options. The Nature Center also offers art classes and lectures that familiarize visitors with the lovely surroundings. With golf, tennis, and swimming throughout the property, there’s no shortage of opportunities for an active and refreshing retreat.