Situated on 60 miles of scenic coastline, the Charleston Area is home to 19 golf courses boasting some of the most breathtaking terrain in the country. Lush space marshland, picturesque fairways, and panoramic ocean outlooks present golfers with outstanding views to soak in between shots. While beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, these 10 golf holes consistently rank among the most mesmerizing for visitors of the Charleston Area:
1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort- Ocean Course
The site of multiple dramatic splashes during the 2012 PGA Championship, this tee shot over a large pond is sure to rattle nerves. However a quick glance at the glistening ocean is all a player needs to melt away any frustrations they may have caused themselves.
2. Wild Dunes Resort- Links Course
Surrounded by native grass that glows purple in the early fall, this hole’s terrain boasts beauty year round. Golfers should be especially careful of going long on this picturesque Par 3, which is said to play short rather than long.
3. Wild Dunes Resort- Harbor Course
This tricky Par 4 requires a drive over the Intracoastal Waterway to a fairway that doglegs left. The large target green is guarded by scenic tidal marsh on the left and a lurking bunker on the right.
4. Kiawah Island Golf Resort- Turtle Point Golf Club
The 14th hole is the first of Turtle Point’s three ocean holes, with a very challenging green to hit. Three bunkers make aim the key factor in this 173-yard Par 3.
5. Patriot’s Point Links
Consistently ranked the “Best Par-3 in the Lowcountry,” this hole’s island green is anchored right in the Charleston Harbor. Spectacular views of Shem Creek, Fort Sumter, and the downtown skyline make this hole a must-play for all avid golfers in the Lowcountry.
6. Dunes West Golf Club
This majestic, elevated tee shot is framed by a large pond that runs up the left side of the fairway. Golfers have the risk/reward decision of going for the green in two for an eagle putt or laying up just short for a safe chance at birdie.
7. Links at Stono Ferry
Sitting on the site of the original ferry landing for the plantation, the 13th hole runs right along the Stono River. Golfers should be sure to soak in the rich history and magnificent views that
accompany this famed Lowcountry hole.
8. Legend Oaks Golf Club
A peninsula green with water and sand carry awaits players on this pleasing Par 3. Golfers aren’t alone in their love for this hole, as sunbathing alligators are often spotted in the left wetlands.
9. Charleston National Country Club
Featuring two large scenic marsh areas, the 15th hole begs for power off the tee with a 200-yard carry. The severely undulating green makes two-putting a difficult task, one that requires a correct read to ace.
10. Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club
With water along the entire left side of the hole, the 14th hole is widely considered a challenge yet a favorite among golfers. Lush Bermuda fairways and beautiful meandering forests make Shadowmoss Plantation’s entire 18 holes a scenic wonderland.
Charleston & Resort Islands Golf
More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America’s first golf club. This heritage of golfing excellence is evident today. Guests have convenient access to more than 19 championship courses, created by legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The area also offers plenty of year-round activity off the course. They range from historic tours and attractions to inshore and offshore fishing and award-winning dining, as well as a year-round calendar of festivals and events. For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, please visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.
The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit explorecharleston.com