Idyllic Weather, Panoramic Views: A Golfer's Paradise in Charleston

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Charleston to practice their golf game on some of the world's most popular courses in one of the country's most celebrated golfing regions. It's no surprise golfers of all ages and levels enjoy playing a round or two in the Charleston, South Carolina area; the lowcountry enjoys a warmer-than-average climate year-round that extends the outdoor golf season by a few extra months when compared with other popular golf regions such as the Northeast. The most challenging part of your golf game in Charleston may be the strong ocean breezes, or it just may be the difficulty of choosing among so many world and nationally-ranked courses!

So how did 10Best narrow down our list of top Charleston area golf courses? All of our featured golf courses were selected for their proximity to Charleston, such as Charleston Country Club, the prestige of the course, as seen with the famous Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the secluded Yeaman's Hall, as well as beautiful scenery on-course, evidenced by Wild Dune's seaside Links Course and the stunning Daniel Island Club's Beresford Creek. Don't worry - not all of Charleston's golf courses are private clubs! We've included some more affordable and approachable public courses as well, like The Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood or the Patriot's Point Links just across the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Wherever you choose to play a round, you'll enjoy top-notch hospitality and unbeatable coastal views.



The Patriot's Point Links Course offers perhaps the best views of the Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek and the Ravenel Bridge, all from the vantage point of a beautiful golf course! Combine a round of golf at the links with one of many other...  Read More



Located just over 20 minutes' drive from peninsular Charleston, the Beresford Creek course at Daniel Island Club is a more than ideal way to spend a morning or afternoon in the lowcountry. Considered more polished and challenging than its sister...  Read More



This Wild Dunes par-70 course is designed to take your breath away with its rolling, relaxing green space and panoramic intercoastal waterway views. The Harbor Course at Wild Dunes has oft been referred to as the "Marsh Monster" due to the fact...  Read More

Country Club of Charleston
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Founded in 1900, the historic Country Club of Charleston has been deemed one of the first established in the United States. The Country Club of Charleston is located just over 10 minutes from downtown Charleston, and is situated east of the...  Read More

Greater Charleston
The Links at Stono Ferry
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This public course, set along the Stono River intercoastal waterway and marshlands, was named for a Revolutionary War battle, and is located just a half hour's drive from downtown Charleston in Hollywood, South Carolina. The Links at Stono Ferry...  Read More

Turtle Point Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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At home at the prestigious Kiawah Island Golf Resort just a half hour's drive from downtown Charleston, the Turtle Point Course is a beautiful seaside course sure to entertain and challenge any golfer. This par-72 course was designed by Jack...  Read More



The very first of Tom Fazio's golf course designs, The Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms is a favorite local destination among both out of town and visiting golfers. Like its neighboring Harbor Course, The Links are popular for...  Read More

Greater Charleston


The historic Yeaman's Hall Club is located just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston in Hanahan, but feels a million miles away due to its secluded and peaceful setting. The entrance to Yeaman's Hall itself is easy to miss and largely unmarked,...  Read More



The famous Cassique Course is at home at the breathtaking Kiawah Island Club on Kiawah Island, just a 35-minute drive from downtown Charleston. Open only to those with a Kiawah Island Club private membership that's exclusive to Kiawah Island...  Read More

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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The par-72 Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is perhaps the most famous of all Charleston area golf courses, due to its picturesque seaside setting as well as its hosting of the 2007 Senior PG Championships as well as the 2012 PGA...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare