Most people know that the game of golf originated in Scotland, but did you know that the first game of golf ever played in North America was in Charleston, South Carolina? In the 1700s Charleston was the major port city on the East Coast. Many Scottish merchants working within the port were able to ship clubs and golf balls from Scotland to the United States through Charleston’s port. One Scotsman in particular, David Deas, organized a group of men to play regularly at Harleston’s Green, an area between what is now Calhoun and Bull Streets. While records show that they played for fun, they did seriously put Charleston on the map as the first golf course and club in North America.
Today, the Lowcountry is known for its perfectly balanced golf courses, which provide challenging courses adjacent to breathtaking views. Charleston offers a variety of golf courses residing along the water, from Patriots Point Links on the Charleston Harbor to the Country Club of Charleston beside Wappoo Creek. With many golf courses in the Charleston area designed by the very best players, River Towne Country Club by Arnold Palmer and Kiawah Island Resort Turtle Point Golf Course created by Jack Nicklaus, it is no wonder these challenging yet inspiring courses are among some of the best in the nation.
In 2012, the PGA Championship was held at Kiawah Island Resort just south of the Peninsula. This renowned championship, nearing its 100th year, brought big players to the area like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island also rank among the top 100 Greatest Golf Courses according to Golf Digest.
With over 20 golf courses in the area providing varying levels of difficulty, one thing is for sure; the Charleston region continues to carry on its great golfing heritage.