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thinking about a boys trip in 2019. Anyone have an suggestions, recommendations? times to go, places to eat (we'll be ubering).



Anyone know of special discounted times to go? A lot of top resorts have discounts you have to ask for to get, kinda like knowing the password to get into the speakeasy.



thanks.
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  • jvincentjvincent Members Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Summer is a little cheaper because of the heat.



    Since there's a group of you rent one of the villas/condos on a golf package. Much cheaper than the hotel and a decent deal with the package rate.



    I've only ever eaten at the resort restaurants and they've all been good.

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  • tideridertiderider Members Posts: 2,289 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    cheapest time is winter ... but i'm sure you boys would be better suited to the warmer months, so as not to crowd up the place during my visit ... if you're staying at the resort, there's no going into charleston ... hour away, at best ...
  • mci711mci711 ChicagoMembers Posts: 1,247 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Mar 2, 2019 10:22pm #4
    jfeins wrote:


    thinking about a boys trip in 2019. Anyone have an suggestions, recommendations? times to go, places to eat (we'll be ubering).



    Anyone know of special discounted times to go? A lot of top resorts have discounts you have to ask for to get, kinda like knowing the password to get into the speakeasy.



    thanks.




    Go in November, it is the best deal in all of golf.. About 300 bucks for 2 rounds of golf and a night in the cabins. You can do both rounds on the Ocean Course or mix it up. I do this every year. It is Nov-Feb. November is the safest, the course is in perfect shape and we had 75 and sunny. The year before I went Christmas week and again was lucky with 70s.



    I wouldn't uber. A) it is pricey to get there from the airport B) it can be hours to never happening to get one from the island. You have to have a pass to get on the island, so ubers don't really go into there. I had to pay 10 dollars just for my uber to be allowed on the property to drop me off at the check in center. I didn't know this a few years ago and when it was time to go I was unable to get an uber there was nothing. The resort offered limo service but that was super expensive. My caddie ended up giving me a ride to the airport, got lucky.



    Ryder Cup Bar after a round at The Ocean Course. Have a beer and get a burger and watch the sun go down. One of the best spots in the country after 18.
  • StetsonStetson Members Posts: 2,497 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Mar 3, 2019 7:27am #5
    It’s called “Golf and Gourmet”, makes it very reasonable price wise. The island is hibernating at that point pretty much so not a lot of people there. We were there over New Years last year and they had snow and temperatures were under freezing, so there is some risk. But, that is FAR from normal.
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  • cubuffscubuffs Members Posts: 402 ✭✭✭✭
    Here is my review after just getting back:



    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1739428-kiawah-in-february/



    We had good weather - impossible deal to beat. Right out of the resort is Fresh Fields - A commercial/residential community with tons of restaurants and bars with prices much better than eating on the resort. Completely agree with the comments about driving into Charleston, would be at least an hour - we did this on our way to the airport.
  • greggreg Members Posts: 94 ✭✭✭
    If you're at Kiawah, really the only places to eat are on KIawah, One exception - on the road in to Kiawah is a place called the Fat Hen - excellent food. On island, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House is good; it's at the Osprey Point clubhouse. Other than the Ocean Course, Osprey is for me the best course. Just off island is Oak Point, a good track as well.
  • jckrjr7jckrjr7 Members Posts: 5 ✭✭
    Caddie saved me a few strokes as a few of the holes play tricks on you as you’re standing on the tee. I believe our caddie was named Dillon. Dan Marino is out there a lot as he has a house on the island and Gary Player was through just a few days before us in October. Make sure to save some money for gear...I could have spent $500 in there. We were lucky that it wasn’t too windy the day we played but the wind kicks up when you get to the Oceanside holes (14-18).
  • dpb5031dpb5031 Jupiter, FLMembers Posts: 5,471 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    greg wrote:


    If you're at Kiawah, really the only places to eat are on KIawah, One exception - on the road in to Kiawah is a place called the Fat Hen - excellent food. On island, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House is good; it's at the Osprey Point clubhouse. Other than the Ocean Course, Osprey is for me the best course. Just off island is Oak Point, a good track as well.




    The restaurant in the Turtle Point clubhouse is pretty darn good also.
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  • burnsniperburnsniper Members Posts: 565 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Play the Ocean course more than once and try to get the first tee time of the day; pony up for dinner at the Ocean Room for dinner (in the Sanctuary Hotel) - it’s worth it



    There is free onsite shuttle service for people staying at the resort. Also, keep in mind it takes forever (~30 minutes) to actually get to the Ocean Course as it is at the end of the Island.
  • clp34vmpclp34vmp Cancel that mead Members Posts: 262 ✭✭✭✭
    If you're staying in a condo on the island, I'd advise staying in one that's operated/managed by the resort. That gives you better rates at the courses and access to some stuff that you don't get if you rent directly from an owner through VRBO or one of those sites. We did that one year and I wished after that I'd just gone ahead and booked directly through the Kiawah site even though it was more expensive on the front end.



    We do go into Charleston at least once or twice while we're there, though it's true that it definitely takes a good hour door to door. Generally speaking, whatever your plans I would think renting a car is pretty much a must. There is a shuttle for getting around the island, but to me that would be pretty limiting to rely solely on that for transportation during your stay.
  • tommgtommg Members Posts: 142 ✭✭
    Haven’t been for years but there was a good spot to eat at Bohicket marina just a bit past Kiawah.
  • greggreg Members Posts: 94 ✭✭✭
    dpb5031 wrote:

    greg wrote:


    If you're at Kiawah, really the only places to eat are on KIawah, One exception - on the road in to Kiawah is a place called the Fat Hen - excellent food. On island, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House is good; it's at the Osprey Point clubhouse. Other than the Ocean Course, Osprey is for me the best course. Just off island is Oak Point, a good track as well.




    The restaurant in the Turtle Point clubhouse is pretty darn good also.




    Tomasso’s is good, but SC always seems like a BBQ / Low Country French foodie type of place. YMMV.
  • dpb5031dpb5031 Jupiter, FLMembers Posts: 5,471 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    greg wrote:

    dpb5031 wrote:

    greg wrote:


    If you're at Kiawah, really the only places to eat are on KIawah, One exception - on the road in to Kiawah is a place called the Fat Hen - excellent food. On island, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House is good; it's at the Osprey Point clubhouse. Other than the Ocean Course, Osprey is for me the best course. Just off island is Oak Point, a good track as well.




    The restaurant in the Turtle Point clubhouse is pretty darn good also.




    Tomasso’s is good, but SC always seems like a BBQ / Low Country French foodie type of place. YMMV.




    Agreed, but how many nights in a row...lol? If I remember correctly Tomasso's chef adds a little low country flare to some of its Italian & steakhouse specialties.
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  • greggreg Members Posts: 94 ✭✭✭
    edited Mar 5, 2019 8:31am #15
    dpb5031 wrote:

    greg wrote:

    dpb5031 wrote:

    greg wrote:


    If you're at Kiawah, really the only places to eat are on KIawah, One exception - on the road in to Kiawah is a place called the Fat Hen - excellent food. On island, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House is good; it's at the Osprey Point clubhouse. Other than the Ocean Course, Osprey is for me the best course. Just off island is Oak Point, a good track as well.




    The restaurant in the Turtle Point clubhouse is pretty darn good also.








    Tomasso’s is good, but SC always seems like a BBQ / Low Country French foodie type of place. YMMV.




    Agreed, but how many nights in a row...lol? If I remember correctly Tomasso's chef adds a little low country flare to some of its Italian & steakhouse specialties.




    How many nights in a row? All I can get ! LOL! Love that food! IMO, all the restaurants are pretty good on KI - Jasmine Porch is worth going and th Ocean Room is cool, watching golfers play in.
  • AustincountyagAustincountyag Members Posts: 217 ✭✭✭
    tattooed Moose right off the island has great beer, sandwhiches, etc.
  • gerdygerdy Members Posts: 17 ✭✭
    edited Mar 5, 2019 10:18am #17
    If you have private connections, you can normally get an unaccompanied round at either Cassique or River. They are the two second best courses on the island.



    I don't find it incredibly difficult to get to Charleston. We normally go in once or twice a week when we are in town. It is a phenomenal food and beverage city. As for on island, The Ocean Room is great, just know if your drinking you will be at $200+ per person for dinner. The Ryder Cup Bar is probably my favorite spot. I am not a huge fan of Cherrywood or Tomasso.



    Off Island, Wild Olive is about 20-25 minutes away and one of the best Italian restaurants you can go to. I live in the Northeast and will put it up against Boston, New York and Philly. Fat Hen is basically across the street, excellent Low Country French. Tattooed Moose is a cool bar scene with pretty decent food.



    Hege's in Freshfields is great as well.



    Hope that helps,



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  • If you are playing 3 or more rounds, definitely play the Ocean twice. There is actually not THAT huge of a difference in price, and it is twice the course the others are. Cougar is actually my favorite course other than the Ocean. Skip Oak Point. They keep it in good shape, but it’s definitely the most boring design.
  • TrueWRXTrueWRX Members Posts: 1,637 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Long Uber Ride out to Kiawah 45 mins or so. May be better of renting a big SUV or something



    Not sure your age but may have a better time renting a house on/near King St In Charleston and driving out to Kiawah and play 36. Thats what we always do. Play 2-4 Rounds Ocean and Osprey and then play some cheaper tracks around Charleston like Patriots Point etc.



    Hit up Halls Chop House for an unreal steak and service. So Many good restaurants in Charleston



    We go down every other year since its such a good trip. Enjoy
  • jfeinsjfeins Members Posts: 11
    tiderider wrote:


    cheapest time is winter ... but i'm sure you boys would be better suited to the warmer months, so as not to crowd up the place during my visit ... if you're staying at the resort, there's no going into charleston ... hour away, at best ...




    thanks for the info. Whoa, an hour to Charleston is too much of a haul for a night out. is there somewhere else you'd recommend we stay? We'll be unerring the entire time. this is part golf trip, part college reunion so no one should be anywhere near the driver's seat of a car.
  • jfeinsjfeins Members Posts: 11
    PatsNation wrote:


    Long Uber Ride out to Kiawah 45 mins or so. May be better of renting a big SUV or something



    Not sure your age but may have a better time renting a house on/near King St In Charleston and driving out to Kiawah and play 36. Thats what we always do. Play 2-4 Rounds Ocean and Osprey and then play some cheaper tracks around Charleston like Patriots Point etc.



    Hit up Halls Chop House for an unreal steak and service. So Many good restaurants in Charleston



    We go down every other year since its such a good trip. Enjoy




    thanks for the advice. the last of us just turned 40 but this is part golf trip, part college reunion so no one will be operating heavy machinery. Uber's all the way. Is there a halfway spot you might recommend we stay?
  • mci711mci711 ChicagoMembers Posts: 1,247 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    If you have to Uber I would look somewhere else. The chances of you getting an uber is slim to none there. Just look occasionally and you will see that there are no cars available. Really ever.



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  • tideridertiderider Members Posts: 2,289 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    jfeins wrote:

    tiderider wrote:


    cheapest time is winter ... but i'm sure you boys would be better suited to the warmer months, so as not to crowd up the place during my visit ... if you're staying at the resort, there's no going into charleston ... hour away, at best ...




    thanks for the info. Whoa, an hour to Charleston is too much of a haul for a night out. is there somewhere else you'd recommend we stay? We'll be unerring the entire time. this is part golf trip, part college reunion so no one should be anywhere near the driver's seat of a car.




    you don't get the deal unless you stay at the resort ... otherwise, it's $400 per round on the ocean course ...
  • TrueWRXTrueWRX Members Posts: 1,637 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    jfeins wrote:

    PatsNation wrote:


    Long Uber Ride out to Kiawah 45 mins or so. May be better of renting a big SUV or something



    Not sure your age but may have a better time renting a house on/near King St In Charleston and driving out to Kiawah and play 36. Thats what we always do. Play 2-4 Rounds Ocean and Osprey and then play some cheaper tracks around Charleston like Patriots Point etc.



    Hit up Halls Chop House for an unreal steak and service. So Many good restaurants in Charleston



    We go down every other year since its such a good trip. Enjoy




    thanks for the advice. the last of us just turned 40 but this is part golf trip, part college reunion so no one will be operating heavy machinery. Uber's all the way. Is there a halfway spot you might recommend we stay?
    theres really nothing inbeteeen and Uber’s out there are brutal. 45-50 mins from Charleston. Stay in Charleston. Get a car just to drive out to Kiawah for golf. Don’t need a car if you stay downtown can walk everywhere
  • krtgolfingkrtgolfing Members Posts: 1,070 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    jfeins wrote:

    tiderider wrote:


    cheapest time is winter ... but i'm sure you boys would be better suited to the warmer months, so as not to crowd up the place during my visit ... if you're staying at the resort, there's no going into charleston ... hour away, at best ...




    thanks for the info. Whoa, an hour to Charleston is too much of a haul for a night out. is there somewhere else you'd recommend we stay? We'll be unerring the entire time. this is part golf trip, part college reunion so no one should be anywhere near the driver's seat of a car.




    Getting a Uber to Kiawah would not be a problem. However, getting a Uber from Kiawah is going to be an issue.
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  • cubuffscubuffs Members Posts: 402 ✭✭✭✭
    edited Mar 6, 2019 7:26am #26
    greg wrote:


    If you're at Kiawah, really the only places to eat are on KIawah, One exception - on the road in to Kiawah is a place called the Fat Hen - excellent food. On island, Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House is good; it's at the Osprey Point clubhouse. Other than the Ocean Course, Osprey is for me the best course. Just off island is Oak Point, a good track as well.




    Not sure how long it has been but this isn’t entirely true as there is Freshfields Village which is about 5-10 minutes from Cougar Point. Really good sushi, a Mexican place, pizza, and an upscale French restaurant. We went there most nights (after playing 36) and it worked out well. Depending on where you’re staying in the resort, it may be closer than driving to one of the restaurants, say Osprey point from cougar For example.
  • dpb5031dpb5031 Jupiter, FLMembers Posts: 5,471 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm pretty sure that if you're staying on property at Kiawah Island resort that they can arrange a van service to shuttle you and your guys into Charleston once or twice. I would call them or check online. There are some awesome restaurants in Charleston. I like Magnolias
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  • Kevlar10Kevlar10 Members Posts: 98 ✭✭✭
    jfeins wrote:


    thinking about a boys trip in 2019. Anyone have an suggestions, recommendations? times to go, places to eat (we'll be ubering).



    Anyone know of special discounted times to go? A lot of top resorts have discounts you have to ask for to get, kinda like knowing the password to get into the speakeasy.



    thanks.
  • Kevlar10Kevlar10 Members Posts: 98 ✭✭✭
    I have been going to Kiawah, Seabrook, and Charleston for almost 18 years and I see a lot of opinions here that make me wonder which of these posters have actually been to Kiawah or if they have been there recently. There are several good restaurants that are a reasonable distance from the island. The Tattooed Moose is a very good burgers and beer place, my kids even enjoyed it. Crave smokehouse, right off the island has good food and they have a takeout meal package which is plenty for 4 adults. Fisher’s at the Bohicket Marina is good and reasonably priced as well as the Mexican restaurant at the Marina. There is also Gilligan’s but it’s a little farther. The restaurants st Freshfields are overpriced by comparison as is Fat Hen. There is definitely many options within 10 miles of the island. Harris Teeter also has groceries and fresh made foods that are better than you would expect at a grocery store. Plus prices are not jacked up like most tourist destinations.

    I also have a different opinion on the golf courses. All of the courses on the island are beautiful. In my opinion, Turtle pint is the best course by far for the money. The oceanside holes have fantastic views and the course is very playable, but still tough. It’s second only to the Ocean Course, private courses included. Stono Ferry is 20 minutes away, MUCH cheaper and a beautiful course. You can play Seabrook, but the cost, unless you are with a member are similar to Turtle Point. You can save some money on the island courses if you rent through the resort, but rentals are about 20% higher than if you use VRBO, and some owners will get you resort privileges, for a fee of course.

    I can’t comment on Uber, but I know limp service from the airport has to be registered to come on the island for pickups.

    Summer is definitely not cheaper. Come on, it’s one of the top family beaches in the country. November through March are by far the best bargain times but the weather can be a little iffy in January and February.

    Finally, Charleston is only an hour from Kiawah during rush hour. Sometimes more. We’ve made it into the city in 45 minutes more often than not. If you’re going for golf though, there really isn’t a need to go into Charleston. If you need any additional suggestions, feel free to ask.
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    An hour with traffic? Haha when that ji connector gets busy it’ll take close to 1:30
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    Any way. Solid advice here.



    Uber really isn’t an option. For the most part.



    If you stay in kiawah, there are places to go and hang out at night. Not like downtown of course but laid back as mentioned above. But unfortunately, you’ll need to rent a car for the most part. Like others have said, Uber is easy (although expensive) to get to kiawah from Charleston, but the other way would be really tough unless you got lucky.



    Maybe ask for a resort one way limo/van ride? Not sure if they do that though.
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