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PHOTOS: KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT


The Sanctuary captures the grandeur of the area and provides unmatched southern hospitality.


to a two-tiered long green guarded by sand dunes and natural grasses. Hitting the putting surface requires an accurate long iron while two-putting is no safe bet. The closing par 4 plays straight into the wind with the clubhouse perched to the left and the Atlantic to the right. There are very few closing holes that are framed as masterfully as this one (corporate tents will line both sides of the hole for the PGA). An accurate tee shot over the corner is necessary to


cut some of the length off an approach shot to a hole where par feels like an accomplishment. Rolling fairways and hills on the


sprawling layout often drop off sharply into waste areas and grass bunkers. Wind and bounces play a big role in your final score; the key is to keep the ball below the wind and enjoy the beauty and quirks of the course. The Ocean Course garners all of


the headlines but the resort offers four other memorable courses by the likes of


designers Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Clyde Johnston. Turtle Point is one of Nicklaus’ earliest designs and boasts narrow fairways, water hazards and plenty of out-of-bounds stakes. Osprey Point offers four natural lakes and the saltwater marsh to challenge the golfer while Cougar Point dramatically un- folds along the Kiawah River and Oak Point offers similar river views. The golf courses are spread out on the island and possess unique character- istics and challenges. After the wind-exposed


golf a luxurious lodging op- tion is a must. The island does offer vacation rental homes and villas, but the award- winning oceanside Sanctu-


ary Hotel is the perfect retreat for the discerning traveller. The Sanctuary captures the grandeur


of the area and provides unmatched southern hospitality. With well- appointed rooms just steps from the ocean, even the most dedicated golfers may want to skip the afternoon round. The Sanctuary Spa, beach access and award-winning dining at the feet of the unspoiled Atlantic Ocean provide end- less possibilities after your fight with the 800-pound gorilla.


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