Mottley Law Firm August 2019


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So, I had the benefit of seeing, as a child, what the island looked like before it was developed. One distinct memory I have is the man showing us what he described as “a millionaire’s house” that had just been constructed on the water. The owner just happened to be out working on his boardwalk to the beach, so we got to meet him. Wow! I’d never met a millionaire! So much has changed. That millionaire’s house is no longer there. It was replaced years ago with one of the many $10 million-plus megamansions that now line that area of the beach. I have so many fond memories there, and we keep building on them every year thanks to the countless activities the island provides for families. The island is perfect for kids to jump on bikes and explore, but most of our time together is spent on the beach. Kiawah’s beach, in my opinion, is the best beach on the East Coast. It has 10 miles of wide open beach with hard sand perfect for biking. To top it off, the water is amazing. Although Kiawah is well known for its beach, what really put the island on the map is its collection of amazing golf courses. I haven’t played a lot over the last 10 years, but this year, I’ve started to get back into golf. The shift is mainly due to my son starting to take an interest in it with some of his friends at USC. This year, Andrew and I played a round at Kiawah’s Cougar Point course. The course chewed us up and spit us out, but we had a blast. Kiawah hosts five main courses built

August is known as the harvest month in many cultures. For me, it’s the last chance to go on an adventure with the whole family. As the kids grow up, it can be tough to gather everyone together, so we really try to make the most of our vacations. If there is one place I recommend everyone visit, it’s Kiawah Island in South Carolina. It’s perfect for the whole family! For the past 10 years or so, Kiawah has been our family spot. But my history with the island goes back to the early 1980s, when my parents and another couple rented a villa there. Back then, about one- third of the island was developed. The rest was basically a jungle with a few logging roads cut through it. Coincidentally, my dad (an elementary school principal) knew a teacher whose parents had retired to Kiawah. The teacher’s father had behind- the-scenes access to the remote parts of Kiawah. One day, he took us on a tour.

Kiawah, August 1981

by some of the most prominent architects of their time, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Clyde Johnston. The courses have hosted many events like the Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship, and more. The Ocean Course is the newest and most well known. It will be the host of the 2021 PGA Championship. The interesting thing about this course is that it provides players with an amazing view of Kiawah’s stunning coastline. The view comes with a price, though, as it leaves golfers exposed to the Atlantic’s unpredictable breezes. As we wind down the summer, I hope you’ve had a chance to find a great adventure for the whole family. If you’re in the area, Kiawah Island has something for everyone. With the impeccable biking opportunities, the amazing beach, and the unprecedented quality of golf courses the area has to offer, it makes every trip something to remember for years to come. Do you have a family vacation destination you love taking the kids to? If you have any fun summer stories to share, I’d love to hear them the next time you visit the office. Have a wonderful August, everyone! -Kevin W. Mottley

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