Have you been to Charleston, SC? Home of the Family Circle Cup!
A women's professional tournament part of the pro circuit that takes place in April every year.
Tennis is BIG in the Charleston area, and can be played outdoors year-round. There are a multitude of public and private tennis facilities in the area providing hard and clay courts for local residents and visitors. In addition most planned subdivisions and private social/sport clubs have tennis courts. The area hosts a variety of junior, adult, senior and professional tournaments, the best of which is the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. Most facilities have Junior Developmental Programs for different ages and levels, including the tennis/study program at The Player's Club in Mount Pleasant. The USTA organizes league play on most public facilities at very reasonable prices. There are also a multitude of development programs and summer tennis camps for kids, including The Player's Club in Mt. Pleasant, a developmental tennis academy.
The king's sport, is a regular pastime in the Lowcountry. A multitude of public, semi-public and private golf courses dot the landscape all over the metropolitan area. Most of our golf courses are playable year-round.
The Charleston area boasts 20 championship golf courses designed by the likes of Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Arthur Hills, and Robert Trent Jones Sr. These are just to name a few. However, there are a number of public, private and semi-private courses located all over the Charleston area from Isle of Palms to Summerville. Many larger neighborhoods are built around golf courses, including: Snee Farm, Charleston National, Rivertown and Dunes West in Mt. Pleasant; Wild Dunes in Isle of Palms; Coosaw Creek and Pine Forest in Summerville; and Crowfield Plantation in Goose Creek. Kiawah Island courses include: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Cougar Pointe, Osprey Point, Oak Point, The Ocean Course, and Turtle Point.
Thanks to Charleston's wonderful beaches, residents and visitors are able to enjoy water activities including:
- Fishing & Deep sea fishing
Soccer has become a very popular sport in the Lowcountry. There are many development programs, summer camps and tournaments for kids and adults.
Kids: There are a number of soccer leagues for boys and girls K-12, including: Mt. Pleasant Recreation, Summerville Soccer Club, James Island Soccer Club, Daniel Island Soccer Club and Bridge Football Club. Most clubs develop teams at various levels, from recreational to competitive travelling teams. High school soccer is very popular in the Spring season and categorized according to school size.
College: The two most prominent college soccer teams are College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University.
Professional: The Charleston Battery is Charleston's prefessional soccer team which plays in the USL First Division, but also against MLS soccer teams.
Baseball is also very popular in the Lowcountry. There are many municipal facilities and developmental programs for kids all over the metro area. The College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern University have college baseball teams.
- Charleston Riverdogs: The Charleston Riverdogs are Charleston, SC's very own minor league baseball team. They are an affiliate team for the New York Yankees and are heavily connected with them. They are a member of the South Atlantic League - Southern division. The team that is now called the Riverdogs has actually been long established under many different names since 1886. The team plays at "The Joe" which is on the scenic banks of the Ashley River. The team is currently first in the South Atlantic League Southern division and has been a power for many years.
Although there are not many ice rinks, Charleston has its own professional hockey team, The South Carolina Stingrays, Charleston's hard-hitting minor league hockey team. They are the "farm" team for the Washington Capitals professional hockey team, have been two-time Kelly Cup champions and division champions for the 2007/2008 season.
Although South Carolina may not have big NFL fans, Charleston, like much of the South, takes College football pretty seriously. Whether rooting for the University of South Carolina's Gamecocks or The Clemson Tigers, Charleston football fans are always out to have a good time.
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