Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Ocean Course

I met Natalie Payne, director of leisure sales and special events for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, in the lobby of The Sanctuary at noon. Plans were for us to drive out to the far eastern tip of Kiawah Island, to have lunch at the clubhouse at the Ocean Course.

I was delighted by her invitation. I was eager to see more of the island and be precisely where golf history will be made in August 2011 — when the PGA Championship is played here.

As I expected, the drive out was wonderful; the sights of the ocean-side course were incredible!

The clubhouse was as you'd expect — well-appointed and beautiful. I could just picture PGA money leaders like Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk walking in off the 18th hole and sinking deep into one of the large and comfy chairs — much like either would do at home!

After showing me around a bit, Natalie led me into the grille. It was a large and attractive space too, with all tables overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The view was lovely, just the kind of scene that inspires golfers, even a novice like me, to pick up a bag of clubs and hurry on out there.

The menu was fun - lots of items you simply want to eat, making selections was difficult. Finally, though, Natalie and I both decided to start with a cup of the chicken corn chowder. It proved to be a great choice! She followed up with an order of Fried Shrimp, and I chose to try the mini-burgers and fries. We both admitted that, after counting every little calorie for days, our choices would be especially appreciated!

Over lunch, Natalie told me about some special packages offered for women visiting Kiawah Island Golf Resort in 2011. Included are special events and rates for golfers and tennis players, as well as for women just wanting to enjoy a pampered getaway. Needless to say, I was interested. I got the details, and soon I will share with the readers of Houston Woman Magazine.

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