The owners of Kiawah Island Golf Resort aim to make the new, $125 million Sanctuary no less than “the finest golf resort on the planet.” Prem Devadas, managing director, believes it's a realistic goal, given Kiawah's natural beauty and unspoiled beach, its five golf courses, and its proximity (35 miles) to charming Charleston, S.C.

Opening in June, the 255-room Sanctuary is being built directly on the beach, in a manner that fits the environmentally sensitive surroundings. It will have more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Pete Dye — designed Ocean Course, site of the famous 1991 “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup, is one of five courses at Kiawah. Not only does the Ocean Course have caddies (very rare these days), but the caddies are first-rate.