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.

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Charleston
Raynor, Seth

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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).

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

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Charleston

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Ron Garl
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-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
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
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
Johnston, Clyde

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Charleston

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Clyde Johnston

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
Hills, Arthur

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Charleston

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Arthur Hills
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
Jones, Rees

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Charleston

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Rees Jones
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
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

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

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

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Charleston

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Charleston

Designer

Bob Spence

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Tournaments

Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).

Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24). 

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Who's Who

Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.

Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.

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.

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