Island Dreaming? A Winter Golf Escape Can Become Your Reality

Some destinations boast great golf. Some offer unique regional fare. Fewer still offer exceptional experiences in both. But, just 21 miles south of historic Charleston, there is a breathtaking barrier island that offers championship golf and award-winning dining — plus world-class tennis, a 10-mile stretch of beach, biking, paddle sports and more — all in a peaceful, natural setting. That destination? Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

The “off-season” of November through February marks a tremendous opportunity to make your way to this unspoiled private island. The temperatures are mild and pleasant. There is a true sense of tranquility. And the rates are the best you’ll see all year.

Golfers looking for a memorable getaway will find five world-class courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s lush setting:

— The Ocean Course, designed by Pete Dye, holds the distinction of being one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every PGA of America major event, including The Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship.

— Jack Nicklaus’ Turtle Point showcases three stunning oceanfront holes plus narrow fairways, undersized greens and plenty of out-of-bounds to truly test your skills.

— The recently renovated Osprey Point by Tom Fazio has been faithfully rejuvenated and returned to the gem that so many golfers have enjoyed over the years.

— Designed by Gary Player, Cougar Point was recently rated “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association.

— The Clyde Johnston-designed Oak Point Course has been awarded a near-perfect 4.5 stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” reader’s poll.

To get a feel for all five of these challenging courses without leaving home, you can access hole-by-hole tours and videos on Kiawah’s extensive golf site, where you’ll also find course reviews, tournament history and more about the unsurpassed golf experience in this beautiful natural setting.

Pork chop photo offered on seasonal menuFoodies also enjoy fantastic variety through the resort’s collection of a dozen distinctive fine and casual dining options. The Ocean Room is the only steakhouse in the nation to be awarded Four Stars from Forbes and Four Diamonds from AAA. Jasmine Porch showcases the region’s beloved Lowcountry cuisine with its emphasis on fresh ingredients from land and sea, which earned the restaurant the title of “Best Down Home Cookery” from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. Kiawah’s dining roster is rounded out with restaurants offering seafood, Italian cuisine, Southern BBQ, pub fare and more.

Whether you choose to pursue your passion for golf or dining, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s exclusive Golf or Gourmet Escape delivers the best value of the year and includes your choice of a resort villa or five-star Sanctuary hotel room with either two rounds of golf or two dinners at select resort locations. To plan your escape, call 800.654.2924 or discover the package that’s perfect for you.

Interested in a FREE getaway? You could win a two-night stay, including villa accommodations and golf for two guests when you sign up for Kiawah’s E-Club, the best way to be in the know about island happenings and special offers.