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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
IT HASN’T BEEN LONG SINCE Property owners in the exclusive land are key elements of the island’s
Kiawah Island was an overgrown community hail from 46 states and secluded, peaceful feel, and protect-
hunting reserve accessible only by 21 different countries, but only ing the island’s many tidal marshes
boat. Today, the exclusive island re- approximately half of the 1,142 is a priority. Kiawah is home to a
treat, located 30 miles from historic residents, about 400 families, live collection of ancient live oak and
downtown Charleston, is home there year-round. palmetto trees, and pine, hickory,
to some of the most valuable real sweet gum and magnolia trees are
estate in the Southeast. also found in abundance. More
The Vanderhorst family, of
“Kiawah Island
than 190 species of birds are native
Charleston, owned the 10-mile- to the island, and residents work
long barrier island for almost two
boasts one of the
hard to protect the Atlantic logger-
centuries, purchasing it around head sea turtles that nest there.
1770 and keeping it until 1950.
finest collections of
Kiawah Island boasts one of the
C.C. Royal, of Aiken, South Caro- finest collections of golf courses
lina, bought the island to serve as a
golf courses
in the country. The island is home
private hunting and fishing reserve,
and that was what it was used for
in the country.”
to six masterpieces of modern golf
course architecture, including the
until the Kiawah Island Company Ocean Course, which hosted the
purchased the undeveloped land in Around 4,000 home sites are Ryder Cup competition in 1991.
1974. A faltering economy limited available for purchase. There is It is the only resort in the country
development on the island at that room for considerable expansion, that has three courses ranked on
time, and, in 1988, Kiawah Resort but, to maintain the natural beauty Golf Digest’s list of America’s top 75
Associates bought it and made it of the island, the developers have resort courses, and Conde Nast Trav-
what it is today–the ultimate in limited the acreage that can be eler recently listed Kiawah among
private island living. built on. Large tracts of wooded the top 50 golf resorts worldwide.
At A Glance
Kiawah Island, SC
Population: 1,128
Average Temp: 74 F
Average Age: 61
Nearest Hospital:
Roper-St. Francis Healthcare
Nearest Major Airport:
Charleston International Airport
Kiawah Island Info:
Town of Kiawah Island
www.kiawahisland.org
(843) 768-9166
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