Kiawah Island Club River Course Clubhouse

Welcome, Fairway Friends.

Shall we gather at the river? For golf-loving Club Members, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Since opening in 1995, the River Course has been a mainstay challenge for Island golfers. In 1996, its attendant Clubhouse opened its doors for fine dining, convening with friends, special events, and fitness pursuits. Boasting fabulous fairway, river, and lush forest views, the River Course Clubhouse has long been a favorite gathering space for sporting and social pursuits.

Welcome, Fairway Friends.

Shall we gather at the river? For golf-loving Club Members, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Since opening in 1995, the River Course has been a mainstay challenge for Island golfers. In 1996, its attendant Clubhouse opened its doors for fine dining, convening with friends, special events, and fitness pursuits. Boasting fabulous fairway, river, and lush forest views, the River Course Clubhouse has long been a favorite gathering space for sporting and social pursuits.


Creating A Classic

The River Course Clubhouse claims magnificent placement on an ancient bluff of large, live oaks between the Kiawah River and Bass Pond. Its original design, the work of Shope Reno Wharton, became a major influence on future architecture across the Island. When, in 2010, expansive renovations began, Member feedback dictated much of McKellar Associates updated design. The shingle-style structure was expanded and now includes a restaurant, bar, grill, lounging spaces, a pool, and a 4,500-square-foot ballroom. A cutting-edge fitness room and men’s and women’s locker facilities allow for easy transition between a round of golf and Clubhouse cocktails with friends. The venue aptly serves to celebrate authentic spirit while great walls of windows overlooking the surrounding land and waterways ensure that nature, itself, is a guest at every gathering.


Creating A Classic

The River Course Clubhouse claims magnificent placement on an ancient bluff of large, live oaks between the Kiawah River and Bass Pond. Its original design, the work of Shope Reno Wharton, became a major influence on future architecture across the Island. When, in 2010, expansive renovations began, Member feedback dictated much of McKellar Associates updated design. The shingle-style structure was expanded and now includes a restaurant, bar, grill, lounging spaces, a pool, and a 4,500-square-foot ballroom. A cutting-edge fitness room and men’s and women’s locker facilities allow for easy transition between a round of golf and Clubhouse cocktails with friends. The venue aptly serves to celebrate authentic spirit while great walls of windows overlooking the surrounding land and waterways ensure that nature, itself, is a guest at every gathering.


Specialties Of The House

A gastropub menu paying tribute to local farmers and their freshest fare awaits discerning diners at The River Room. Progressive American cuisine and a decidedly relaxed ambiance largely account for the popularity of the Clubhouse hot spot. Cocktails and conversation unfold on the sprawling terrace before lunch or dinner is served, and in the dining room, great walls of windows overlook Fazio’s emerald fairways. At the bar, local craft beer selections and an inspired cocktail list please every taste and The River Room’s signature Marsh Mule is a must-have for many Members. While the Clubhouse’s restaurant, bar, grill, and spacious terrace invite spirited socializing with friends, the real showstopper here may be The Oyster Bar in the men’s locker room. Here, twin walls of crushed white oyster shells bookend a great lounge that includes a pool table, full bar, large-screen television, and plush recliners. Canopied by a wood-sculpted barrel ceiling, The Oyster Bar was deemed one of the “coolest spots in golf” by GOLF magazine in 2019.

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First Course: Mixed Greens

River Course, with its stunning vantage points and world-class fairways, raised the bar for Club amenities still to come. PGA legend Tom Fazio brought his A-game to designing the Club’s first private course, capitalizing on the grandeur of the landscape for ever-challenging and always inspiring play. Gorgeous landscapes and waterways attend the 7,019-yard test which unfolds along river’s edges, savannas, tranquil ponds, and maritime forestry. In 2015, Fazio returned to renovate and enhance the course. The million-dollar project included rebuilding bunkers, replacing turf, and adding women’s tees to several holes. And the addition of a comfort station serving drinks and edibles has proven to be a very popular rejuvenation spot for players.

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The Pamper Principle

Sasanqua Spa, just steps from River Course Clubhouse, is a one-stop-shop for head-to-toe pampering. The vision of Irish design phenom Clodagh asserts itself throughout the exclusive retreat which is nestled seamlessly in the terrain of its own peaceful peninsula. A host of services and treatments utilize locally and globally sourced ingredients to foster relaxation and renewal. A trained, professional staff caters to every Member’s individual needs in services including massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, and body wraps. A full-service salon and retail space round out the venue’s offerings. And framed by each of the seven treatment rooms or on full display from the outdoor whirlpools, Kiawah’s exceptional natural beauty attends every spa visit.

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Specialties Of The House

A gastropub menu paying tribute to local farmers and their freshest fare awaits discerning diners at The River Room. Progressive American cuisine and a decidedly relaxed ambiance largely account for the popularity of the Clubhouse hot spot. Cocktails and conversation unfold on the sprawling terrace before lunch or dinner is served, and in the dining room, great walls of windows overlook Fazio’s emerald fairways. At the bar, local craft beer selections and an inspired cocktail list please every taste and The River Room’s signature Marsh Mule is a must-have for many Members. While the Clubhouse’s restaurant, bar, grill, and spacious terrace invite spirited socializing with friends, the real showstopper here may be The Oyster Bar in the men’s locker room. Here, twin walls of crushed white oyster shells bookend a great lounge that includes a pool table, full bar, large-screen television, and plush recliners. Canopied by a wood-sculpted barrel ceiling, The Oyster Bar was deemed one of the “coolest spots in golf” by GOLF magazine in 2019.


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Of the myriad attributes the Beach Club imbues–dazzling Atlantic views, direct beach access, exquisite dining, a trio of pools–it is, perhaps, most celebrated for fostering friendships and Member camaraderie.

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In 2001, the grace and grandeur of the Cassique Clubhouse was introduced to the Island landscape. 

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The sun on your face. A sea breeze through your hair. Birdsong overhead. An impeccably mixed cocktail in hand and good friends beside you.

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