Discovery, Wellness

Tee Off in Charleston

Charleston’s picturesque natural surroundings lend itself to truly great play. Year round, couples, families, and friends will each find the variety and challenging holes memorable and rewarding. With history of hosting 2012 and 2021’s PGA Tour, and the 2019 US Women’s Open, the Charleston area is the perfect golf getaway. From courses situated on breathtaking oceanfront terrain to wooded and marshland courses that highlight the Lowcountry, take aim at one of these Concierge recommended courses.

Wild Dunes Links or Harbor Course

On the northeast tip of the Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes is a unique barrier island resort golf facility 15 miles from downtown Charleston. Tom Fazio designed, and offering challenging links style play, the Links Course has been consistently ranked in the top 25 courses in the United States since its inception in 1977. Today, Fazio says it’s still among his favorites and he’s not the only one. From the rustling palms lining lush, rolling fairways to a finishing hole overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean, this is golf at its finest.

Stono Ferry

Set amidst Lowcountry breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway and centuries-old live oaks, Stono Ferry is a refuge from society’s hustle. This championship Ron Garl design offers one of the most exciting tests in all the Lowcountry. A semi-private club open to local and vacation play, wage your own war on the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle. Stono Ferry is 30 minutes from downtown Charleston.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Offering five distinct course experiences, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to the Ocean Course, site of the 2012 & 2021 PGA Championship. The Pete Dye designed course has a reputation as one of the toughest in the game, hosting the 1991 “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup. With a tranquil Lowcountry environment, a variety of courses, and a stunning clubhouse, Kiawah shouldn’t be missed.

Charleston National

This hidden gem is a Rees Jones designed championship golf course, and is open to the public year round. Offering an outstanding golf course, guest also receive access to the state-of-the-art practice facility and driving range, and the recently renovated Rees Jones pub. Rated by Golf Digest as the best non-resort golf course in the Charleston area, this course is less than 15 miles away.

RiverTowne Country Club

Located about 30 minutes from downtown, RiverTowne boasts an Arnold Palmer Masterpiece, awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. The only Arnold Palmer course in the Charleston area, these scenic links are situated among marshlands and majestic live oaks with 13 holes alongside the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek. Amenities include a driving range and pro shop with PGA instruction plus a clubhouse serving fare daily.

Pack your clubs and take a trip to Charleston to experience some of the best courses in the country. Let our masterful concierge team arrange a golf excursion on one of these courses.

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Sip & Savor

Beers with a Charleston Address

With Charleston’s dining scene named one of the best in the nation, it is only fitting that the Holy City has begun to parallel its culinary industry with a booming craft beer industry. Spring in Charleston comes with the perfect weather to indulge in a cold beer from one of the many breweries around town. Explore some of these nationally known craft beer destinations that are based right here in Charleston.
Palmetto Brewery- Established in 1993, Palmetto Brewing Company was the first brewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition. The original Palmetto Brewery was in operation before the beginning of the Civil War until the start of Prohibition, when it was forced to close its doors. Today, Palmetto Brewery offers a range of beers, brewing each and every one right here in the Lowcountry. Delight in the taste of their Espresso Porter or Amber Ale.
Revelry Brewing- Located downtown, Revelry Brewing is fairly new to the craft beer scene, winning the “Best New Brewery in South Carolina Award” in 2015. With a fun and inviting atmosphere, the name “Revelry” quite literally means, “boisterous festivities, while enjoying craft beer.” Revelry was awarded a golf medal in the US Open Beer Championships for their Gullah Cream Ale, a crowd favorite.
Holy City Brewing- Opened by four friends dedicated to craft beer and their community, Holy City Brewing opened its doors in 2011. The friends started with an all-grain pilot system in their garage that was made out of welded bicycle parts, which now stands in the heart of their brewery. With names like Slanted Porch Pale Ale and Washout Wheat, these brews celebrate Charleston’s surroundings.
Coast Brewing Company- Family-owned Coast Brewing Company prides itself on making organic products with local ingredients. Operating on the old Naval base in North Charleston, their warehouse-type setup makes for an unparalleled atmosphere with room for corn-hole and food trucks. Stop by and try their HopArt IPA, a locally cherished beer.
Edmunds Oast- One of the few brewery based restaurants in Charleston, Edmunds Oast draws its diners in with pub fare and house-distilled drafts. Their beer program also features guest taps from other local, national and international craft beer companies. Try their Peanut Butter and Jelly beer; brewed with all of the ingredients you’d expect for a sandwich-in-a-glass experience.
Westbrook Brewing Company- A husband-and-wife team opened Westbrook Brewing in 2010, making it their mission to “create the most interesting and awesome beer possible.” They pride themselves on exploring different brewing techniques to create a beer that people love. With its hints of fresh lemongrass and ginger roots, Westbrook’s White Thai is a favorite among locals.
With these local breweries becoming a hotspot, they are a must-do for your Charleston getaway. Most of these craft beer destinations offer daily tours and tastings in their tap rooms, providing the perfect break from sightseeing. With over fifteen to choose from, there is sure to be a brewery that you’ll love.

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Discovery

Portraits of Charleston: A Walk through History

Belmond has a collection of luxury hotels worldwide, including Belmond Charleston Place. In celebrating our distinctive city, we produced something that translates the spirit of the city into an authentic and meaningful experience. Belmond Charleston Place knew exactly how it would capture the essence of Charleston, through some of the city’s greatest and most influential people.

Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the South, filled with a rich and unique history dating back to the 1700’s. Since then, many great people have blessed Charleston with their presence and helped to shape it into the city we know and love today.

To spotlight just a few of the notable people who greatly enriched the Holy City, Belmond Charleston Place hotel showcases the portraits of legendary characters. While some of these well-known individuals are current Charlestonians, many lived long ago; but their mark on Charleston still remains.

The second floor is outlined with images of these historic figures. However, this “hall of fame” not only contains portraits, but also provides a way to experience that person’s history today. Booklets can be found alongside the display, which give detailed backgrounds on each individual and a way to celebrate that character in Charleston.

Just to name a few:

Thomas Pinckney (portrait right) was born in Charleston and fought in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. An influential political figure, Pickney served as the 36th Governor of South Carolina. The statesman died in Charleston and is buried at St.Philip’s Episcopal Church.

Experience it today: You can visit Thomas Pinckey’s grave at St. Philips Episcopal Church. This historic church also houses the oldest congregation in South Carolina. And during the civil war, its bells were melted down into confederate cannons.

Pat Conroy was a New York Times best selling author and one of Charleston’s favorite sons. His best known novels included: The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and South of Broad. Conroy was a South Carolina Hall of Fame inductee and received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

Experience it today: See historic Charleston through the eyes of Conroy and the characters of his novel with a South of Broad walking tour by Old Charleston Walking Tours.

Septima Poinsette Clark (portrait bottom right), a Charleston native, was an educator, civil rights activist and has been called the “Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement.” Dealing with inequalities in the school system led her to become active in the movement for civil rights.

Experience it today: You can learn more about Clark’s struggle by visiting the Avery Reasearch Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.

See these three figures and more on the 2nd Floor of Belmond Charleston Place and walk in the footsteps of Charleston’s most legendary individuals for yourself.

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