A barrier reef island located off the coast of Charleston, Kiawah is a 90-hole Low Country goliath that will host the PGA Championship in August on its tougher-than-nails Ocean Course. But it also puts out a fluffy welcome mat for women. The centerpiece of the resort is The Sanctuary, a deluxe West Indies-themed hotel that could pass for a grand old Southern mansion. Kiawah’s top venue for women is Osprey Point. Originally conceived as a private club, the course, routed around four natural lakes and fingers of brackish marshland, showcases Tom Fazio’s trademark playability. Landing areas are generous, forced carries are rare. It’s a sweetheart from the Carolina tees at 5,023 yards. After the round, the resort offers over 40 different guided adventures, from salt marsh kayaking and night beach walks to dolphin encounters and back island birding.
Kiawah Island, S.C.