An Overview Of The Kiawah Island Club
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Amid Kiawah Island’s uncommon beauty, The Kiawah Island Club is an exclusive private membership club for property owners that offers an unmatched collection of amenities and distinctive venues. Whether dining, golfing, or just relaxing, Members may savor what nature has provided and create memories with family and good friends which last a lifetime.
Among the most notable amenities of The Kiawah Island Club are its two award-winning golf courses. Few courses engage the senses and stir golfers’ souls like Cassique and The River Course.
Named for the Kiawah Indian chief who once hunted these lands, Cassique ranges over former agricultural fields, through maritime forest and along marshes where the Kiawah River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
The clubhouse, reminiscent of a 19th-century English country manor, offers commanding views of the golf course and the tidelands of the Kiawah River. Designed by Tom Watson in 2000, Cassique showcases the flair for dramatics that has punctuated Watson’s playing career.
In creating his first solo design in North America, the Midwesterner drew upon lessons learned en route to five British Open championships. With its walkable layout, Cassique is a links-style course reminiscent of seaside layouts found in Scotland and Ireland. Like those classic settings, Cassique offers little protection from ocean winds, so Watson fashioned holes that could be played in numerous ways depending on the conditions and the creativity of the golfer.
The River Course
Designed by Tom Fazio, The River Course opened in 1995 as The Kiawah Island Club’s first golf course. With its clubhouse nestled on an ancient bluff surrounded by large live oaks, The River Course overlooks the Kiawah River to the north and Bass Pond to the southeast. For golfers, The River Course provides a challenging and aesthetically pleasing test. It boasts six holes that play along the river’s edge, with the other fairways and greens playing along picturesque marsh savannahs, ponds, and the Island’s incomparable maritime forest.