Four can’t-miss courses near the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

August 8, 2012

While the world's best battle for the PGA Championship on Pete Dye's Ocean Course at Kiawah Island this week, here are four other courses within 30 minutes of Charleston, S.C., that you should check out.

WILD DUNES (LINKS COURSE): Mother Nature has never been kind to Tom Fazio's first solo design, but that hasn't stopped Wild Dunes from maintaining a world-class golf experience. Ocean views are common for courses in this area, but Wild Dunes' are among the best. ($100-$190,

THE LINKS AT STONO FERRY: Stono Ferry is a must-play if only for the history. Built partly on the site of the Battle of Stono Ferry in 1779, the course is littered with Revolutionary War artifacts, including a cannon on the 399-yard par 4 12th. The back nine is rich with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the island green at the par 4 18th is one last bit of fun before taking a load off at the stately clubhouse grill. (56-$89,

DUNES WEST: No trip below the Mason-Dixon Line would be complete without a dose of southern hospitality, and Dunes West is the place to get it. Acclaimed for its double green finishing hole, there are also massive oaks and tidal marshlands that make Dunes West a true Lowcountry golf value. ($37-$59,

CHARLESTON NATIONAL GOLF CLUB: The Rees Jones course is a true natural beauty as it weaves its way in and out of marshland, creating holes surrounded by seemingly endless fields of gold. So long as you've brought enough balls, Charleston National is sure to be a fun day. ($52-83,