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It’s Tee Time in the Lowcountry

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 and will return in 2021. This renowned championship 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.



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Tee Off in Charleston

Charleston’s picturesque natural surroundings lend itself to truly great play. Year round, couples, families and buddy trips will each find the exceptional variety and challenging holes memorable and rewarding. From championship courses situated on breathtaking oceanfront terrain to wooded and marshland courses that highlight the Lowcountry, take aim at one of these Concierge recommended courses.

Patriots Point Links Course

Overlooking Charleston Harbor and offering spectacular views of the city and Fort Sumter, Patriots Point has been a local favorite for years. Located in Mount Pleasant and just ten minutes from downtown, any golf trip to Charleston is not complete without a round at this memorable harbor side golf course. You’ll enjoy a lighted driving range with PGA instruction, a Southern-style clubhouse, and golfers’ grill and patio.

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, this 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.


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 10 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 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.

To test your skills on one of these courses, contact the Concierge for tee time availability and booking.

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