2012 PGA Championship Selects Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

2012 PGA Championship Selects Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

Image above taken from PGA.com


Charleston is getting ready for some of the biggest days in golf history! From August 9 – 12, 2012, the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island will be hosting the annual PGA Championship. The first in South Carolina history!

Running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, this seaside course is known for its variable winds (which add a unique factor to golf performance), sprawling and majestic greens, and breathtaking ocean views, and is categorized as one of the world’s toughest and most beautiful courses.

The wind itself is one of the most challenging elements of this course. Players must take the wind direction and strength into account when choosing their club and their swing approach. It will be fascinating to observe pro golfers on this course as they analyze its complexity and frequently changing winds.

The masterminds behind the design of the Kiawah Ocean Course were Pete and Alice Dye who certainly knew how to challenge even the most seasoned golfer. Each day will present new obstacles from Mother Nature, making for a whirlwind of an event (no pun intended!).

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Image above taken from the PGA Championship website.


Image above taken from the PGA Championship website.


Image above taken from the PGA Championship website


A brief history of golf in Charleston

Did you know that golf in the United States started in Charleston, South Carolina? That’s right! In the mid 1700s, Scotland shipped golf clubs and balls to South Carolina, where the game was soon picked up by locals. In 1786 the South Carolina Golf Club was established and the game caught like wildfire. Now, more than two centuries later, the PGA Championship, one of the sporting world’s most celebrated events, is coming to South Carolina for the first time—and it’s about time!

You can view the PGA Club Professionals battling it out for the 94th PGA Championship on TNT and CBS Sports. See below for the broadcasting schedule:

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A closer look at Kiawah and surrounding Charleston areas

Kiawah, located less than 30 miles from downtown Charleston, is ranked as one of the top vacation destinations in the world. In fact Conde Nast Traveler magazine recently ranked Kiawah Island as the number one island to vacation to on the United States mainland.

Although it’s a golf-lovers haven, Kiawah is also perfect for families looking to enjoy outdoor activities, such as kayaking, bike riding, swimming, and more. Right outside of Kiawah is a system of cities, towns, and islands, that all make up Charleston.

If you’re interested in seeing the Championship in person, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s rounds have been sold out. But if you’re looking to get outside for a few hours on one of those days here are a few activity suggestions in and around Kiawah:

Kiawah Island Activities

* Enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at The Sanctuary Luxury Spa

* Stunning beaches

* Rent bicycles and explore Kiawah Island

Downtown Charleston Activities

* Dolphin Sailing Tours and Sunset Sails aboard Charleston Harbor Tours’ The Schooner Pride

* Shopping on King St. where boutique clothing stores and antique shops cover the strip

* Palmetto Carriage Tours to explore the rich history of downtown

* A 90-minute historic Charleston harbor tour aboard The Carolina Belle

* Walking along the Battery and Rainbow Row to soak in the unique culture and history of Charleston

Mount Pleasant Activities

* Shopping at the Mount Pleasant Town Center

* Bottles ‘n Brushes, an art studio that teaches you how to paint step-by-step in a social environment–you can even sip on beer or wine as you paint your masterpiece!

* Kiln’ Time, a pottery studio where you can paint your own pottery

* Rent kayaks at Shem Creek or enjoy dinner on the water at Shem Creek

Sullivan’s Island & Isle of Palms Activities

* Beaches! Sprawling beaches line both Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms

* Lunch at the best BBQ joint in the south, Home Team Barbecue on Sullivan’s Island

* Rent bikes on Isle of Palms and explore the marsh, beach, and quaint streets

* Visit Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, a fort that served in Charleston’s defense from the American Revolution through World War II

If you’re looking for the best family-friendly activity to enjoy in Charleston, we invite you to join Charleston Harbor Tours on one of our 90-minute historic harbor tours on The Carolina Belle or a dolphin sail aboard The Schooner Pride.

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