Classic cars beside the sea

A beautiful spring day in April saw the third year of Cars on Kiawah start with a flourish and finish as a resounding success.

The showcase event, which featured more than 270 classic and collectible cars covering over 100 years of automotive history, attracted a record crowd of 3,500 guests.

Along with individual collectors, nearly 20 local and regional car clubs participated in this year’s show. The array of beautifully restored vehicles included American, British, German, French, and Italian cars from a variety of eras. A special display of 20 vintage and modern race cars, along with a selection of five very rare Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts from Charleston collector Don Wathne, were highlights.

Noted automotive historian and author Harvey Geiger served as the master of ceremonies. Dennis Gage, host of the television show My Classic Car filmed an episode during the event, to be aired in 2019.

As sponsors of the event, the Kiawah Island Real Estate team was pleased—and dazzled—by the quality of the event and the cars on display. We look forward to sponsoring Cars on Kiawah again next year!

We’re Rolling Out the Green Carpet

The countdown to the 2021 PGA Championship has begun!

The highly anticipated tournament will mark the second time Kiawah Island has hosted the globally renowned championship on its own world-renowned course, The Ocean Course.

As we prepare to welcome the world’s golf legends to The Ocean Course, we’re also preparing to welcome a select few fortunate homebuyers who will enjoy a grandstand view of all the tournament action.

We’re thrilled to announce a very limited release of exclusive homesites on the Island’s eastern tip, directly alongside The Ocean Course in Kiawah’s exclusive Ocean Park community.

These homesites represent the pinnacle of locations for golf aficionados, who will enjoy the rare opportunity to watch the legends tee off from The Ocean Course’s holes no. 1 and no. 2 from the comfort of their own homes.

We’re introducing these homesites now to allow time for the creation of a custom home of your own design before the tournament begins.

And after the tournament? You’ll enjoy the year-round, year-in, year-out benefits that Ocean Park residents enjoy, including access to world-class Kiawah Island Club social and sporting amenities, a community designed in close harmony with nature, acres of green parkland shaded by live oaks, and triple-layered vistas of tranquil marshland, The Ocean Course treeline, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Contact your Kiawah Island sales executive for details.

New Kiawah Island Club consulting chef honored—again

Those in the culinary field need no introduction to the James Beard Foundation. One of the most recognized awards organizations in the world and commonly known as the Oscars of the culinary world, to win a James Beard honor typically only comes after years of hard work and multiple nominations—and only to the rare few.

Renowned Charleston restaurant FIG, co-owned by Chef Mike Lata, recently appointed consulting chef at the Kiawah Island Club’s Beach Club, just claimed the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Wine Program title.

The title is awarded to a restaurant that “serves as a standard bearer for excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine,” reports Charleston daily newspaper The Post and Courier. “The [FIG wine] list mirrors the philosophy of chefs Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope, who take a hyper-seasonal approach to food with an emphasis on quality farmers and purveyors.”

Chef Lata also holds the 2009 James Beard Foundation title of Best Chef: Southeast, honored for setting culinary standards and serving as an inspiration to other food professionals. Almost as proof, Lata’s protégé, Chef Stanhope, won the Best Chef: Southeast title in 2015.

The Kiawah Island Club recently announced a new, best-in-class design and culinary team at The Beach Club’s restaurant. Supplementing the restaurant’s outstanding in-house culinary team will be Chef Lata, renowned restaurant architect David Thompson, and food service design expert Russell Stilwell.

Chef Lata is advising on The Beach Club’s restaurant concept, menu, and aesthetic—especially exciting in light of his James Beard honors and the fact that FIG was remodeled in 2016 to stunning effect. We’re eager to see him bring his vision for both food and wine to The Beach Club.

When The Beach Club reopens for business following an extensive renovation, Chef Lata will act as its consulting chef and will be intimately involved with all facets of the restaurant.

Kiawah Resort Announces Plans for West Beach Transformation by 2021 PGA

A wave of new, gorgeous amenities announced by Kiawah Island Golf Resort promises to transform Kiawah’s West Beach area for residents and visitors—and the Island’s real estate market, too.

The Resort has already broken ground on the first phase of its two-year transformation and will complete construction of all the beautifully designed amenities by the end of 2020, in time for the highly anticipated 2021 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course.

These next-generation amenities, which will add to Kiawah’s already exquisite offerings, will include:


West Beach Village Hotel

In addition to The Sanctuary, Kiawah’s five-star hotel, the Island will now enjoy a new luxury beachfront inn. Designed by the renowned Robert A. M. Stern Architects, which designed The Beach Club for the Kiawah Island Club, the new inn will feature 150 suites, junior suites, and guest rooms along with a spa, two-story oceanfront restaurant, casual poolside dining, coffee shop, and more. It will open in the autumn of 2020. ** Find out more (


 West Beach Conference Center

Located only a short stroll from the new hotel will lie the new West Beach Conference Center, also designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects. The Resort plans a grand opening for the center in the autumn of next year.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort rendering of the Cougar Point Clubhouse

Cougar Point Clubhouse

Now that its course renovation has been completed, the Gary Player-designed Cougar Point Golf Course will gain a stunning new clubhouse, beautifully sited on a terrace offering sweeping views of the 18th hole to one side and the new beachfront inn—through an allée of live oaks—to the other. Also designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, it will feature a grand lobby, pro shop, sports tavern, locker rooms, and more. Its grand opening is planned for next spring. ** Find out more (

 Kiawah Island Golf Resort rendering of The Sanctuary Chapel

The Sanctuary Chapel

Already a dream locale for destination weddings, The Sanctuary will enhance its offerings with a stately new chapel seating up to 150 guests. The chapel will also offer weekly nondenominational services for all hotel guests. The Resort plans to open the chapel’s doors next summer.

Other West Beach expansions & renovations

The Resort also plans to renovate Kiawah’s popular Night Heron Park, breaking ground this autumn and reopening in the winter of 2020, and expand the Roy Barth Tennis Center, breaking ground this spring and finishing next autumn.

How might this impact you?

Not only will Kiawah residents and guests benefit from these beautifully designed additions and enhancements, the Charleston area is expected to enjoy economic benefits on top of what Kiawah already contributes to Charleston County. The Resort estimates the new amenities will increase Kiawah’s economic impact to about $300 million per year, up from $202 million.

The Island’s real estate market is expected to gain as well.

Kiawah vacationers often purchase homes or homesites on the Island. If you’ve been thinking of buying your own piece of Island paradise, you’ll be glad to know we anticipate heightened interest in the Island’s real estate—and rising property values—as each new amenity opens and the 2021 PGA Championship approaches. (The Resort estimates the 2012 PGA Championship had a $190 million impact on the Charleston-area economy.)

“We’ve enjoyed a historical bump in real estate activity around each major golf tournament held on Kiawah,” says Chris Drury, ** Kiawah Island Real Estate (
president and broker in charge. “We have no doubt we will see the same results from the 2021 PGA Championship.”

That means the best time to buy is soon, before prices begin their ascent.

“We’re incredibly excited for the future,” he adds. “We hope you’ll join us as these transformations unfold and Kiawah rises to an even higher level.”