By the end of 2020, the resort plans to complete a renovation project that would rebuild the West Village with a 150-room beachfront hotel complex and clubhouse for the Cougar Point golf course, as well as renovate Night Heron Park and The Roy Barth Tennis Center, and add two four-bedroom rental cottages.
Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort is planning a renovation project set to be complete before the PGA Championship returns three years from this spring, the Charleston, S.C.-based Post and Courier reported.
“We feel these projects will be transformative for the future of this resort,” President Roger Warren told a roomful of reporters and guests who gathered to hear the details on March 21, the Post and Courier reported.
C&RB featured the property as its September 2012 cover story (“Keeping Ahead of the Curve at Kiawah Island Golf Resort”).
They’re calling it “Kiawah 2.0 The Next Generation.” Progress reports are posted at kiawahresort.com/2-0. In a nutshell, here’s what’s planned by the end of 2020:
• The West Village, the island’s oldest neighborhood, will be completely rebuilt, with a 150-room beachfront hotel complex with restaurants, shops, a conference center, check-in center and clubhouse for the Cougar Point golf course.
“The developments will completely revitalize the West Beach area,” Warren said.
The hotel will offer the same five-star service and amenities as The Sanctuary, but will be more relaxed, Warren said. It’s the first time guests will be able to sit down for full meals on the beach. The conference center will open up a new market for big groups, Warren said. It includes a 10,500-sq. ft. ballroom and 11 breakout rooms.
• Night Heron Park will be completely renovated, with a new nature center, fitness center, pavilion art center and Town Center Market.
• The Roy Barth Tennis Center will be renovated and expanded by 10 new courts and locker rooms.
• A 150-seat wedding chapel will be built near The Sanctuary.
• Two new four-bedroom rental cottages will be built directly beside the Ocean Course, the site of the PGA Championship.
Kiawah Island Mayor Craig Weaver said the plans send a message that Kiawah’s future is strong and a good place to invest. Jimmy Bailey, Chief Operating Officer of the Kiawah Island Community Association, said residents have been looking forward to the improvements for several years, the Post and Courier reported.
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