Sporting Activities

Historic and traditional, Charleston is also well versed in the art of having a good time.
 

HOLE IN ONE

To many in the know, it just makes sense that one of the country’s most historic cities traces its golf roots to the mid-1700s. In fact, Charleston has been called “the birthplace of golf in America.” The South Carolina Golf Club, now chartered as the Country Club of Charleston, was founded in 1786 and is recognized by GOLF Magazine as the nation’s first golf club.
 
Today, with three resort communities — Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island — serving as cornerstones, Lowcountry golfers have dozens of options to challenge and delight them. And the best part is that the great majority of these are open to the public.
 
Take the renowned Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s five courses: The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Cougar Point, Osprey Point and Oak Point. The Ocean Course, which provided the scenic backdrop for The Legend of Bagger Vance, is definitely a course for champions. Through the years, that course alone has played host to some of the sport’s biggest tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, two World Cups, the UBS Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship, the Senior PGA and, most recently, the PGA Championship.
 

BEACH RETREATS

Among Charleston’s tremendous array of amenities are its miles of unspoiled seashore. Located just a few miles from the genteel and storied beauty of downtown Charleston, several spectacular beaches, each with its own character and charm, beckon visitors to spend a day in the sun.
 

Among Charleston’s tremendous array of amenities are its miles of unspoiled seashore. Located just a few miles from the genteel and storied beauty of downtown Charleston, several spectacular beaches, each with its own character and charm, beckon visitors to spend a day in the sun.
Known as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach is a seven-mile barrier reef. Located eight miles south of Charleston, it is the closest beach to the city and is one of the top spots for surfing on the East Coast. The best surfing in the area, known as The Washout, is located on the east end of the island, near the Old Coast Guard Station. Beach access for surfing — or just a day of fun in the sun — is available at a number of points along the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Beachgoers especially love Folly Beach County Park, located on the west end of the island. There, visitors find lifeguards are on duty seasonally along the pristine designated swimming area. Other amenities include dressing areas, handicap-accessible restrooms, a picnic area, a retail area, outdoor showers, boardwalks, a snack bar and beach chair and umbrella rentals. Shelter rentals are also available for group functions.
 

PARK IT!

No matter where you are in the Charleston area, you’re never far from an amazing park. Visitors who enjoy an active lifestyle can take a stroll through a canopy of hardwoods, kayak through the still waters of a lagoon, tie bait to catch a crab, enjoy a beautiful sunset, zoom down a 200-foot waterslide, picnic under majestic oak trees and even dance to live music at an outdoor concert. Countless opportunities for outdoor recreation await throughout the county.
 
Servicing one of the most diverse recreational areas in the Southeast, the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission is responsible for maintaining the countywide park system for citizens and visitors of Charleston County. Each park facility offers diverse programming, generally focused on the natural features and distinct characteristics of each site.

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

Featuring over 10,000 acres of parkland, the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission offers a variety of facilities, events, programs

Kiawah Island Charleston Discovery Center

The combination of Condé Nast Traveler’s No. 1 island and No. 1 city in America is tough to beat, but

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

While in Charleston, play five world-class courses just minutes from town. Kiawah is the site of the 2012 PGA Championship

Wild Blue Ropes

Experience Charleston’s High Climbing Ropes & Challenge Course Adventure — featuring 70+ suspended obstacles up to 35 feet in the