3 Reasons the PGA Loves Kiawah Island

The PGA loves Kiawah Island. It's recognition as a world-class golf destination came with the historic Ryder Cup matches played on the Kiawah Island Ocean Course in 1991. Known in golf lore as the “War on the Shore” the US Team staged a heroic victory winning the final hole of the match to claim the cup.

Since that epic victory, Kiawah Island has hosted several world-class golf events including the inaugural Warburg Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship, the 2012 PGA Championship, and the 2021 PGA Championship. Golfers from around the world rank Kiawah Island as a top destination for a bucket list golf pilgrimage and it's no wonder why!

Here are just 3 reasons the PGA loves Kiawah Island, SC

  • The Ocean Course is an iconic golf course.

Designed by the legendary architect Pete Dye, it offers breathtaking scenery along the Atlantic Ocean. Television audiences love the sweeping ocean views and interesting on-course shots. The challenging layout tests the best players from around the world. Every golf hole counts!

In August 2012 the world’s top professional golfers contested for the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island. Fans watched with great anticipation as Rory McIlroy carved up the Ocean Course, dominating the final round of the PGA championship to win the Wannamaker Trophy.

Due to the success of the 2012 tournament, the PGA returned just 9 years later in 2021 to host the 2021 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. The tournament dates shifted from August to May. Spring offers milder temps and those late spring breezes increase the course’s difficulty.

The storybook ending to the 2021 PGA Championship couldn’t be scripted more perfectly. Fan favorite Phil Mickelson became the oldest golfer, at age 50, to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy in victory.

One of the best ways to experience The Ocean Course, the site of the 2021 PGA Championship on Kiawah Island, is to book a tee time and play the course yourself!

You won't find a PGA Championship course more memorable. Finish off your epic round of golf with a visit to the Ryder Cup bar for lunch and libations. 

  • Kiawah Island's abundance of accommodations and resort golf courses for PGA fans.

The second reason the PGA loves Kiawah Island is the abundance of rental accommodations and resort golf courses in immediate proximity to the tournament course.

So, golf tournament attendees may combine a memorable beach vacation with attending the PGA golf championship. After cheering for the pros, golf patrons may relax on 10 miles of pristine, private beach. Or, if anyone wants to golf, The Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers several resort golf courses for play.

  • Charleston South Carolina is a Top U.S Destination

The third reason the PGA loves Kiawah is its proximity to Charleston, South Carolina. Few cities offer more things to enjoy than the Holy City. From historic downtown Charleston to the pristine beaches and golf resorts, the PGA is proud to host its most important championship in such a special place.

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2021 PGA Championship Rental

When you purchase a home on Kiawah Island you always have access to 5 golf clubs.

The Governors Club membership is available to all Kiawah Island property owners.

This offers discounts for play at the 5 championship courses on Kiawah Island.


In addition, some properties have the option to purchase a membership to the Kiawah Island Club, offering two exceptional private golf courses including the Tom Watson designed course, Cassique and The River Course in the Settlement.