Your Complete Guide to the Best Kiawah Island Golf Courses

For some, a trip to Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island means spending days relaxing on the beach. For golfers, however, our coastal island is home to some of the best courses in the country.

Avid fans of the sport return time and time again to watch high-stakes PGA Championship tournaments and to play the renowned greens within our gorgeous island community. Plus, with beautiful year-round weather, you never need to wait until spring to enjoy your favorite sport. Dust off your clubs and get back into the swing of things at the best Kiawah Island golf courses.

After a day on one of these Kiawah golf courses, reminisce about your legendary round over drinks. Be sure to request our complimentary Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island Vacation Guide for a complete list of restaurant recommendations and other area attractions. It’s full of local tips about things to see and do during your stay.

What are the Best Public Golf Courses on Kiawah Island?

The Ocean Course

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Dubbed “America’s Toughest Course” by Golf Digest, The Ocean Course is the crown jewel of Kiawah Island.

In fact, it features more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere.

It’s a favorite among PGA professionals and amateur golfers alike. With challenging terrain and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean, you can expect a rewarding play every time.

The next major golf event at Kiawah Island will be the 2021 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course, so start making your plans to attend now.

Cougar Point

Cougar Point offers some of the most dramatic vistas on the island. In 2017, the course underwent a complete renovation. Today, the 18-hole links course features amazing tidal creek and marsh views, fresh greens, tees, and fairways, laser-level tee boxes, rebuilt bunkers, and an updated irrigation system. Between the gorgeous backdrop and varied terrain, we guarantee that Cougar Point will become your new favorite place to play.

Osprey Point

Like many of the other locations on this list, Osprey Point is praised for its stunning landscapes. As you play, you’ll enjoy views of lush maritime forests, lagoons, and saltwater marshes. One accomplishment that sets Osprey Point apart from the competition is its title as one of America’s “Top 50 Courses for Women.” It’s the perfect addition to a girlfriend’s getaway on Kiawah. It also boasts an excellent clubhouse and a restaurant that serves award-winning mac and cheese.

Turtle Point

If you’re looking for a course endorsed by the pros, look no further than Turtle Point Golf Course. Designed by one of the greatest golfers of all time, Jack Nicklaus, Turtle Point is an excellent challenge for skilled players. The green features three beautiful oceanfront holes, vibrant fairways, lush forests, and calming lagoons. It was one of Nicklaus’ first designs and is an example of classic architecture at its finest. We have to warn you, though — it’s not for beginners. Turtle Point invites skilled golfers to navigate minuscule greens, narrow fairways, and smartly placed water hazards.

Oak Point

If you visited Oak Point before 2015, you might be surprised at how different it looks today. The new and improved green now offers the same championship level of play found elsewhere on the island. With a rolling layout and picturesque scenery, you won’t find a course quite like this anywhere else. When you play at Oak Point, you can test your mental game along with your swing.

Tee Up at These Kiawah Island Private Golf Courses

Cassique Golf Course

Enjoy stunning views of the Kiawah River and adjoining creeks and marshes as you play a round at Cassique Golf Course. It was designed by five-time British Open champion, Tom Watson. Similar Irish and Scottish links-style courses inspired its creation, and ocean breezes make for an interesting, challenging game every time you visit.

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You may recognize Cassique from consistent appearances on Golf Digest’s list of the Top 100 Modern Courses. In addition to being a great place for a friendly game, it is also one of the best for improving your skills. The course houses the Kiawah Island Club Golf Academy, which can assist you with golf fitness and mental training in addition to technique.

The River Course

The River Course is both historic and highly renowned. It was originally home to the first English settlement on the island in the 18th century. The 18-hole fairway winds through the property alongside the Kiawah River and Bass Pond, as well as savannas and maritime forests. In 1999, it was certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Discover Both of the Beautiful Seabrook Island Golf Courses

Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Book your tee time at Crooked Oaks Golf Course for a real challenge. As its name suggests, you’ll play around natural features like century-old live oaks and maritime forests. It’s as beautiful as it is difficult.

Ocean Winds Golf Course

You’ll battle breezes from the Atlantic Ocean when you play at Ocean Winds Golf Course. While the course isn’t lengthy, you won’t find it any less challenging than others on this list. This fairway is tightly designed, with a slope rating of around 40. 

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Courses are Reserved for Members and Guests Only

Because these Seabrook Island golf courses are only open to club members and visitors staying on the island, they are never overcrowded. When you play at Crooked Oaks or Ocean Winds, comfortable playing conditions allow for an unhurried experience, even during the busiest times of the year. Luckily, guests who stay in one of our Seabrook properties receive full access to the greens, driving range, and the full-service clubhouse. Additional amenities include the Beach Club, dining venues, equestrian center, and tennis facilities.

The Seabrook Island Golf Shop Has All the Essentials

Before you tee off, stop by the Seabrook Island Golf Shop. Like all great pro shops, you’ll find a knowledgeable and friendly staff, high-quality apparel, and all the clubs, balls, shoes, and accessories you need. Located in the Island House, the Seabrook golf club pro shop is open every day from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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