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One of the reasons people come to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is for the golf courses. This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is part of the sprawling Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which offers five spectacular courses. Whether you are the next Tiger Woods or just looking to play a calming round of golf, any one of these courses is a great option. If you want to get technical, the nearest golf course to The Sanctuary is Turtle Point, but the other four are pretty close by as well.
Turtle Point was designed by famed golfer Jack Nicklaus and flaunts some of the most striking fairways we've seen. Three of the holes on the renowned Turtle Point course hug the coastline, and a variety of tropical vegetation surrounds this wide-open course.
Adjacent to Turtle Point is the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center, which is the place to go if you need to brush up on your game. The center has a large number of driving range tee boxes and offers lessons for all ages and skill levels.
The Ocean Course is where it's at in the golf world. Designed by Pete Dye, this course has quite the track record. Hosting the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 and 2003 World Cups, and the 2007 Senior PGA Championship, the Ocean is the best course on the island. Playing at this course definitely earns you bragging rights, especially when the 2012 PGA Championship is here.
You can also hit the green at Osprey Point, designed by Tom Fazio, Cougar Point by Gary Player and Oak Point by Clyde Johnston. Five different courses designed by five of the world's leading golf course architects are at your fingertips when you stay at this luxury Kiawah Island hotel.
Kiawah Island is home to five public courses, including The Ocean Course (designed by Pete Dye), site of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA and the 2012 PGA Championship. Golf Digest named it America’s Toughest Course and both Golf and Golf Digest magazines named it the fourth best public course in the U.S. Other nearby courses include Jack Nicklaus’ Turtle Point, Tom Fazio’s Osprey Point, Gary Player’s Cougar Point and Clyde Johnston’s Oak Point.