It's pretty nice on Kiawah Island — home of the state's only five-star hotel — and it's going to get even nicer before the PGA Championship returns three years from this spring.
We're not just talking about some sprucing up before the big event, according to Kiawah Island Golf Resort President Roger Warren.
"We feel these projects will be transformative for the future of this resort," he told a roomful of reporters and guests who gathered to hear the details Wednesday morning at The Sanctuary hotel.
They're calling it "Kiawah 2.0 The Next Generation." Progress reports are posted at kiawahresort.com/2-0.
In a nutshell, here's what's planned by the end of 2020. A map of the island is at kiawahresort.com/interactive-map.
• The West Village, the island's oldest neighborhood, will be completely rebuilt, with a 150-room beachfront hotel complex with restaurants, shops, a conference center, check-in center and clubhouse for the Cougar Point golf course.
"The developments will completely revitalize the West Beach area," Warren said.
The hotel will offer the same five-star service and amenities as The Sanctuary, but will be more relaxed, Warren said. It's the first time guests will be able to sit down for full meals on the beach.
The conference center will open up a new market for big groups, Warren said. It includes a 10,500-square-foot ballroom and 11 breakout rooms.
• Night Heron Park will be completely renovated, with a new nature center, fitness center, pavilion art center and Town Center Market.
• The Roy Barth Tennis Center will be renovated and expanded by 10 new courts and locker rooms.
• A 150-seat wedding chapel will be built near The Sanctuary.
• Two new four-bedroom rental cottages will be built directly beside the Ocean Course, the site of the PGA Championship.
Kiawah Island Mayor Craig Weaver said the plans send a message that Kiawah's future is strong and a good place to invest.
Jimmy Bailey, Chief Operating Officer of the Kiawah Island Community Association, said residents have been looking forward to the improvements for several years.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York are designing the West Beach Village buildings and the Ocean Course cottages.
SMHa of Mount Pleasant is designing the wedding chapel and Night Heron Park.
Choate Construction, which has offices in Charleston, is the general contractor.
Kent Interior Design of Atlanta is creating the interiors.