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.

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
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
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.
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Charleston
Palmer, Arnold

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Charleston

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An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

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.

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
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
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
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
Jones, Rees

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Charleston

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

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Charleston

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Clyde Johnston
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
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).

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
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

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Tournaments

Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).

Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).

Who's Who

Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.

Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Costa Cruise & Golf

Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...

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