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Kiawah Island Ocean Course Package w/ Free Upgrade to Ocean View Room (special offer)

by Craig Better


A private offer from Kiawah Island Golf Resort (valid through May 26, 2013)

Beautiful aerial photo of Kiawah Island Resort's Ocean CourseAfter hosting the PGA Championship last year, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is on more “must play” lists than ever.

If you’ve had your eye on playing (or replaying) this world-famous South Carolina course, here’s why you should do it now:

Kiawah is extending exclusively to GVI Readers a spring package that includes The Ocean Course and a complimentary upgrade into an Ocean View room at the Forbes Five-Star Sanctuary hotel.

Weather? I just checked. Risk of rain is very low and the average high temperatures are as follows:

March: 65° April: 72° May: 79°

I’d say these are close to perfect conditions for being “on the ocean.” “Read More” to see the price and details.

Private Offer for GVI Readers:

2 Nights, 2 Rounds at Kiawah Island Golf Resort from $866 per person

• Includes a round on Pete Dye’s world-famous Ocean Course
• Includes accommodations in the luxurious Sanctuary hotel
• Includes a complimentary upgrade to an Ocean View Room

As a GVI reader, you’ll get a complimentary upgrade to an Ocean View room when you book this special Kiawah Island Golf Resort package, which includes two nights lodging and two rounds of golf (one of which is on The Ocean Course). Note: This offer is valid through May 26, 2013, and the room upgrade is subject to availability at the time of booking (which is way better than, “at time of check-in”).

Join the Kiawah e-clubFor access to this special package, call

(800) 654-2924

…and mention you’re a Golf Vacation Insider


The Place: photo1
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina

The Package:
- 2 nights at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Santuary hotel
- 2 rounds of golf (one on The Ocean Course)
- Complimentary room upgrade at time of booking

photo2 The Price:
From $866 (weekdays), $938 (weekends)

The Particulars:
This limited-time offer is valid through May 26, 2013, and is based on availability. Rates are per person based on double occupancy for a Garden View room. GVI readers are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to an Ocean View room if one is available at time of booking. “Weekdays” are Sunday through Wednesday night. “Weekends” are Thursday through Saturday nights. Rates are subject to change and may be higher over holidays and special events. Tax additional. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discounts.

photo4Notes on Kiawah Island Golf Resort:
With its world-class golf, abundant outdoor activities, and outstanding facilities (particularly tennis and spa), Kiawah truly is suitable for all kinds of visitors: buddies, families, couples, you name it. One thing that particularly stands out is the resort’s easygoing, relaxed vibe. For example, whereas some places warn you on the first tee about maintaining the pace of play and taking mulligans, at The Ocean Course, the starter may practically insist that your first shots of the day are good ones. The service in The Sanctuary hotel is equally friendly and professional. The well-trained staff is often quick to fulfill needs before you even have to ask.

photo3Notes on The Ocean Course:
If you watched Rory McIlroy’s performance in the PGA Championship, you know it’s a tough, wind-swept course (it boasts the USGA’s maximum 155 slope rating). But unless you’re playing from one of the back sets of tees, finding the fairway from the tee box is relatively manageable on The Ocean Course. The real trick is finding the right spot for a good look into the greens. On hole after hole, a ton of sandy waste areas, cavernous bunkers, grassy dunes, a fair bit of water, and ever-changing sea breezes make for daunting approach shots.

photo6Notes on The Sanctuary Hotel:
The four-story Sanctuary has the feel of a Southern estate and all the elegance you’d expect from a five-star hotel. Stunning windows at the back overlook the grounds and the ocean, and natural light bathes the traditional Southern décor, island-themed murals, and antique furniture and art throughout the building. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship are fantastic. All the details are just right, down to the creaking hardwood floors and staircases. The rooms, too — each with a spacious balcony — are wonderfully appointed with exceptionally comfortable beds outfitted with Italian linens. Bathrooms feature walk-in showers, deep soaking tubs, marble double vanities, and even views of the sea. The Sanctuary Spa (ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of America’s best) evokes the sense of a grand Southern porch and garden, and treatments are inspired by natural botanicals from the South Carolina Lowcountry.

For Access to this Special Offer, Call (800) 654-2924 and mention Golf Vacation Insider to get your complimentary upgrade.

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