Best golf courses: Charleston / Kiawah

Golf in Charleston and Kiawah: The ten mile long beachfront and five championship level golf courses make this island an exciting destination. Kiawah Island is just 25 miles from Charleston in South Carolina. Among the country’s best golf courses are the Ocean Course which has hosted every major PGA event. Cougar Point and Turtle Point test the thinking skills and mental strength of golfers through challenging Par-5s. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Charleston and Kiawah on our customised maps.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Jones, Rees

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Charleston

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Rees Jones
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
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Charleston
Hills, Arthur

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Charleston

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Arthur Hills
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Spence, Bob

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Charleston

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Bob Spence
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Hills, Arthur

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Charleston

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Arthur Hills
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Player, Gary

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Charleston

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In 1996 Gary Player took the former Marsh Point golf course and transformed it into today's Cougar Point.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Charleston
Johnston, Clyde

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Charleston

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Clyde Johnston
5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
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Charleston
Dye, Pete

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Charleston

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Husband/wife team of Pete & Alice Dye

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Charleston
Fazio, Tom

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Charleston

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Tom Fazio
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Nicklaus, Jack

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Charleston

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Jack Nicklaus, who returned in 2000 to renovate and lengthen his original design.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Charleston
Byrd, Willard

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Charleston

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Willard Byrd
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Spence, Bob

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Charleston

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Bob Spence

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Palmer, Arnold

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Charleston

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An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
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Charleston
Breeden, Russell

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Charleston

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Russell Breeden
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Garl, Ron

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Charleston

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Ron Garl
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Fazio, Tom

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Charleston

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Tom Fazio's first solo design golf course.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Charleston
Fazio, Tom

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Charleston

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Tom Fazio
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Charleston
Raynor, Seth

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Private club

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Charleston

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Original design by Seth Raynor & Charles Banks (1925); modifications by Tom Doak (1998) and Jim Urbina (2016).

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