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Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island, on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Located 25 miles southwest of Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina, it is primarily a private beach and golf resort
Nature lovers unite on this barrier island on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean 21 miles south of Charleston. Brimming with lush foliage at every glance, Kiawah Island has ten miles of wide sandy beaches, 123 acres of parks, 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, and world-class golf courses.
To get a true sense of the beauty of Kiawah Island venture to Marsh Island Park where you’ll be rewarded with stunning scenic views atop the Marsh Island Lookout Tower of the Kiawah River, saltwater marshes, and island hammocks.
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For animal lovers, don’t miss the Heron Park Nature Center where you can participate in nature tours and programs, birding walks, butterfly walks, and alligator walks. Bird admirers love the Great Egret Rookery, a spot where you can typically see several dozen of the magnificent white birds in trees over a lagoon.
For an exceptional picnic area head to Beachwalker Park, which has a wide boardwalk that winds through palmettos, oaks, and pines.
Golf on Kiawah Island is not just any recreation amenity, it’s a way of life. There are five championship courses on the island highlighted by the Pete Dye designed Ocean Course site of the 1991 Ryder Cup matches and 2007 Senior PGA Championship. In 2012, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the 94th PGA Championship. Other courses to play include the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point and Gary Player designed Cougar Point courses.
Explore the Island on two wheels!
Our wonderful bike rentals are the perfect way to cruise around Kiawah Island, providing ample opportunity to explore. And best of all: our wide variety of bike sizes and accessories accommodate every family member. Take a tour with an experienced naturalist who will show you the wetlands, salt marshes, Loggerhead sea turtles, the American alligator, and various species of birds.
From kayaking, to surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding, there is a multitude of ways to enjoy the water with your family on Kiawah Island.
Get ready for hours of paddling fun through salt marshes and tidal creeks. Paddle tours give you a chance to get close to the Island’s native wildlife. For a more adventurous ride, our beach rentals like surfboards and stand up paddleboards are perfect for you.
Don’t know how to ride the waves? Take a class or a lesson!
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The top tennis resort in the world, treat the family to two complete tennis complexes offering the ultimate go-for-the-gold standard in service, instruction, and above all, enjoyment. Get the family ready with an instructional program, or simply head out to enjoy a great game.
The Acclaimed Roy Barth Tennis Center
Kiawah is the South Carolina tennis resort that outperforms the rest—earning top accolades for our facilities and instruction year-after-year. Named after our Director of Tennis Emeritus, the completely renovated Roy Barth Tennis Center is now under the direction of Roy’s son, Jonathan, who will carry on his father’s respected legacy of emphasizing key fundamentals to take your skills to the next level.
For an unsurpassed player experience, we offer 22 tennis courts, including ten new Har-Tru clay courts, all tucked into the resort’s stunning surroundings and bordered by fragrant oleander, rustling palmettos, swaying pampas grass and vibrant flowers.
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Kiawah Island is home to a healthy, stable population of bobcats. Bobcats can be seen in all parts of the island, typically during the hours from dusk to dawn.
Bobcats pose no threat to humans and serve a vital role in managing populations of rats, mice, and deer on the island. Because of their vital importance to the island’s ecosystem, several research projects have been conducted to better understand their habitat needs and requirements.
Bobcats are about twice the size of a house cat. Adult male bobcats weigh 18-25 pounds and adult females weigh 15-20 pounds.
Their hind legs are longer and their tail is shorter than domestic cats. Bobcats are yellowish or reddish-brown and spotted or streaked with brown or black.
The bobcat’s eyes are prominent and are its primary means of locating prey. Unlike other carnivores, cats have excellent binocular vision and depth perception, which makes stalking and catching prey much easier.
Like the house cat, bobcats have elliptical pupils, which allow in as much or as little light as necessary. Their hearing is exceptional and they can hear even the faintest sound. Because bobcats are primarily a visual hunter, they do not have a very developed sense of smell.
The breeding season for bobcats is February through April and kittens are born 62 days later. The den is typically located under a brush pile, in a hollow tree stump, or in a thicket of palmetto. Kittens are born blind and remain so for 10 days.
They are totally dependent on the mother’s milk for four weeks, after which the female will begin to bring rodents and birds back to the den for them. The female will also teach the kittens how to hunt and kill. When the kittens are 6-8 weeks old, they will typically leave the den but remain with the female for up to a year.
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Charleston International Airport
The closest commercial airport to Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Charleston International Airport (CHS)
There are 14.66 miles from Kiawah Island to Charleston in northeast direction and 26 miles (41.84 kilometers) by car, following the Bohicket Road route. Kiawah Island and Charleston are 59 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop .
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Bobcats are very opportunistic hunters and will eat a variety of animals, including rabbits, rodents, raccoons, birds, deer (primarily fawns during the summer), and even reptiles and amphibians. Bobcats often stalk their prey, sneaking in as close as possible before jumping to capture it. At other times, the bobcat will merely hide in an area where prey is abundant and wait for something to come along.
Bobcats are at the top of the food chain on Kiawah and have very few natural enemies. Automobiles and disease are the greatest threats to bobcats, though disease is quite rare. Bobcats will live in close proximity to humans when suitable habitat is available, typically living on the fringes of development. Due to their normally secretive nature, bobcats are rarely seen.
Kiawah’s bobcat population is very unique. First, there are 30-35 bobcats on Kiawah, which is more than double the typical density in mainland South Carolina. Also, Kiawah’s bobcats truly live in and amongst the people and development on Kiawah. They can be found along every single road and lot on the island at one time or another.
The reason for this is that there is still ample food and cover available on Kiawah for bobcats. Current research focuses on identifying and preserving as much of their critical habitat as possible.
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