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Charleston Golf

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Charleston, South Carolina has long been recognized for its many historic “firsts”, ranging from the first museum in America to the first shots of the American Civil War. What many people don’t realize is that the game of golf also figures prominently on this list. More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America’s first golf club. In 1786 the South Carolina Golf Club and Harleston Green were established in what is now downtown Charleston. In fact, the term “green fee” is thought to have evolved from the membership fees paid to maintain the course. While Harleston Green has since faded from memory, it helped established a heritage of golfing excellence that today is evident throughout  the Lowcountry.

Many golfers were unaware of the quality golf available in the Charleston area until 1991, when The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosted the most fiercely contested Ryder Cup matches in history.  The 1991 match will be debated for many years in the pubs of both continents. But there is no debate about one fact from those matches. The Ocean Course stood up to the test of the world's top players and was the clear winner of the match.On the strength of Kiawah’s reputation from this event, the region will play host in 2012 to one of golf's major events- The PGA Championship.

Golf in the  Charleston will continue to boom. There are now over twenty world-class courses situated on breathtaking coastal terrain ranging from true links style to tightly wooded Lowcountry layouts. Throughout the area you’ll find the best efforts of the world’s top architects: Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Arthur Hills, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., just to name a few.

Come enjoy the golf by day and walk the quaint streets of historic Charleston in the evening. Discover world class cuisine in the heart of American history and an exciting night life to rival the world's great cities.