Kiawah Island Paradise
Last Friday, the foursome visited Kiawah Island for the very first time. Kiawah Island Golf Resort was our destination – The Ocean Course to be specific. This course was just ranked 26th in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest U.S. Golf Courses List and 4th on America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses List.
This will be the location for the 2012 PGA Championships. We have been lucky enough to secure tickets to this event next year, along with my parents, parents’ friends, and my brother in-law. VERY exciting!
Kiawah was a few minutes short of an hour drive from our house. Not too shabby. We did a little drive through of Seabrook Island, which looked gorgeous as well. It’s just on the other side of a roundabout in town – Kiawah left, Seabrook right.
Getting through to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort was a little like getting into Fort Knox. Okay – it wasn’t that bad. However, we did drive through 2 security points where we were basically asked our intentions. We explained that we were planning on having lunch at the Ocean Course and it was no problem. After driving a good number of miles (and passing amazingly gorgeous homes, a gazillion bike-riders, and heavenly views of marshland) we finally made it there.
This is the sight from our first footsteps through the door…
We ate outside on the patio at the Ryder Cup Bar, part of The Atlantic Room. The food was fairly expensive, but yummy. We had a fantastic waiter. No complaints there. You pay for quality food and this view of the ocean and the 18th hole…
We could’ve sat there all day, but we had more to explore! Okay, a few more…
Looking forward to getting back there!
After lunch, we headed to the beach! Kiawah’s beach (Beachwalker Park) reminded me of Sullivan’s Island. Peaceful views. The waves were pretty rough, though (maybe from far away Tropical Storm Emily?). After the beach, we were off to Freshfields Village. THIS place looks like a movie set, no lie! What a gorgeous place to shop. I have a feeling I would frequent the coffee shop Java Java if I lived close by. Apparently there’s a farmer’s market, movies, and music often on the lawn. Another cool fact? Commercial development is virtually non-existent on Kiawah. With mostly private stores, it is meticulously kept and just plain lovely.
After our drive through the little village, we headed to a friend’s beautiful new home a few miles from the resort. I should’ve taken pictures, but we were too busy socializing! Thanks for the hospitality, Jonathan and Joe!
All in all, Kiawah was a HUGE success! Just another reason to love where we live!!!
Anyone else have tickets for the 2012 PGA Championships?! I hear that all active military personnel are offered complimentary tickets, regardless of if it sells out. LOVE this!
p.s. We stopped at Angel Oak on the way to Kiawah Island. Pics to come in a separate post.
p.s.s. There were many signs on Kiawah about not feeding alligators. FYI: there’s a $200.00 fine attached to it. I’m thinking more about the natural consequences of feeding an alligator. I do love the little that’s in my wallet, but I seriously love my arms more!!!
Beach Count: 56
Pool Count: 18
High Temperature: 97°