Kiawah Island Club River Course Golf

The Kiawah Island Club Charts A Bold New Course

In 1995, the newly founded Kiawah Island Club opened its first golf course created exclusively for Members. And its reputation as one of the most challenging courses in South Carolina has remained undisputed for decades. Legendary course architect Tom Fazio commandeered the 7,119-yard test, capitalizing on the Island’s magnificent natural landscapes for placement. Six of the challenging holes embrace the river’s edge while the remaining fairways and greens border dazzling savannas, ponds, and Kiawah’s towering maritime forests.

The Kiawah Island Club Charts A Bold New Course

In 1995, the newly founded Kiawah Island Club opened its first golf course created exclusively for Members. And its reputation as one of the most challenging courses in South Carolina has remained undisputed for decades. Legendary course architect Tom Fazio commandeered the 7,119-yard test, capitalizing on the Island’s magnificent natural landscapes for placement. Six of the challenging holes embrace the river’s edge while the remaining fairways and greens border dazzling savannas, ponds, and Kiawah’s towering maritime forests.

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Championship Status

River Course proved to be an instant hit with Club Members and soon after its premier, national media recognized it with a range of distinctions. High honors include placement on Golf Digest’s “1996 Top Five New Private Courses in the Nation” list, dual appearances on Golfweek’s “America’s Best Top 100 Residential Courses” list, and coveted ranking on 2018’s  “Top 50 SC Golf Courses” by the South Carolina Course Rating Panel. Additionally, River Course has played host to renowned tournaments including the Kiawah Children’s Hospital Classic in 2000 and 2001, the USGA Mid-Am in 2009, and will welcome the USGA Four-Ball in 2023.

Championship Status

River Course proved to be an instant hit with Club Members and soon after its premier, national media recognized it with a range of distinctions. High honors include placement on Golf Digest’s “1996 Top Five New Private Courses in the Nation” list, dual appearances on Golfweek’s “America’s Best Top 100 Residential Courses” list, and coveted ranking on 2018’s “Top 50 SC Golf Courses” by the South Carolina Course Rating Panel. Additionally, River Course has played host to renowned tournaments including the Kiawah Children’s Hospital Classic in 2000 and 2001, the USGA Mid-Am in 2009, and will welcome the USGA Four-Ball in 2023.

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Welcome, Fairway Friends

After a round of play, course camaraderie continues at the River Course Clubhouse. Here, authentic social spirit is celebrated over the expansive indoor/outdoor spaces and distinctive dining at River Room. Magnificent fairway, river, and maritime forest views are prominent throughout the newly redesigned venue, making nature, itself, an honored guest at every gathering. While the grill, pub, bar, and plush lounging spaces are all artfully appointed, the true showpiece of the clubhouse may be the barrel-ceilinged Oyster Bar in the men’s locker room. Here, Members socialize in a grand lounge that features a full bar, lush recliners, a pool table and a duet of spectacular, white oyster shell walls bookending the space. A designation as one of the “coolest spots in golf,” by GOLF Magazine in 2019 has elevated the Oyster Room to “must-see” status. At the clubhouse golf shop, Members find everything needed for a great day of play. An impressive assortment of clubs, shoes, and gift items as well as men’s, women’s and junior apparel are available in the popular retail space, or through the store’s online extension. Online orders are charged directly to the Member account for ease in transactions.



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Ready To Rule River Course?

The River Course, designed in classic Fazio style, requires 100% of the player’s attention. Focus is mandatory along one of South Carolina’s most demanding courses. The greens and fairways are a showcase for innovative play as well as extreme natural beauty. Entirely tree-lined, the course opens up substantially on Holes 17 and 18, running right along Kiawah River. Bass Pond circles around 7, 8, and 9, resulting in some challenging stretches of play. While always a pleasure to take on, the tricky greens and quirky up and downs present a true test of every aspect of a player’s game.  


See our Player’s Guide for time-honored tips on playing your best round at River Course.



Kiawah Island Club is home to two private, championship-level courses.