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May 29, 2013updated Aug 04, 2021

Award-Winning Week at Kiawah Island

By Chris Boyle

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

By Emily Saladino

South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort was named top tennis resort by, and included in Dr. Beach’s prestigious list of America’s top 10 beaches.

[See also: Top Suites in the World – The Presidential Suite, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort]

This marks the seventh time has awarded the resort its highest honor. The national tennis and travel website ranks the leading 75 resorts worldwide, based on such factors as tennis instruction and facilities, as well as resort accommodations, cuisine and service.

Dr. Stephen Leatherman is Florida International University’s director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research.

Better known as “Dr. Beach,” he has listed Kiawah Island among his top 10 American beaches since 2008. His criteria include water and sand quality, nearby facilities and general maintenance.’

Located just 21 miles from Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort includes a 225-key oceanfront hotel, 500 villas and 90 private homes, as well as five gold courses, two tennis centers, 35 miles of cycling trails and a 10-mile beachfront. Its premier course, The Ocean Course, hosted the 2012 PGA Championship.

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