Small Market Meetings

APR 2017

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K i a w a h I s l a n d , S o u t h C a r o l i n a M y r t l e B e a c h , S o u t h C a r o l i n a April 2017 31 Kiawah Island, South Carolina Groups that gather at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, with its five golf courses and a plethora of event spaces, never have to meet in the same place — or play the same hole — twice. "We have such a tremendous variety of venues and activities to offer because of the setting we're in," said director of sales Marty Couch. Just 45 minutes south of Charleston, the gated resort features the Sanctuary Hotel, a luxury oceanfront prop- erty that has 255 guest rooms and a variety of ball- rooms and meeting rooms that can accommodate events for up to 750 people. The East Beach Conference Center can welcome 800 guests in the 6,960-square-foot Governor's Hall. Couch said that of its five golf courses, three work especially well for meeting groups: the Ocean Course, the Turtle Point Golf Course and the Osprey Point Golf Course. Groups of 60 can meet in the upstairs PGA Room at the Ocean Course Clubhouse or have a recep- tion on the 4,600-square-foot event lawn where "the backdrop is the Atlantic Ocean, and it absolutely doesn't get any better than that," he said. Mingo Point is a rustic outdoor venue overlooking the banks of the Kiawah River where groups can enjoy a low country oyster roast or barbecue. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Over the past 50 years, Myrtle Beach has grown from 10 golf courses to nearly 100. According to Chris King, spokesman for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, "The pace of life is a lot slower down there; it's a different feel." Five of the 18 holes on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Pawleys Plantation Resort are located along the scenic saltwater marsh that separates the island from the mainland. And that's the same view guests can enjoy during meetings and events in the 6,500-square- foot conference center, with a foyer for registration or receptions and a veranda that delivers views of the 18th hole. The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a AAA Four- Diamond hotel that sits just across the Intracoastal Waterway from the Grande Dunes 18-hole golf course. The inn can accommodate events for up to 700 people with a variety of function spaces, among them the 5,100-square-foot Nautilus Ballroom, an outdoor cov- ered loggia and an event lawn with waterway views. The Barefoot Resort features four golf courses, two clubhouses and a hotel with condominium units. Nearby, Barefoot Landing sits on the banks of the Intracoastal and features more than 100 shops and res- taurants. Courtesy Kiawah Island Golf Resort A chef prepares an oyster roast at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Mingo Point.

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