KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Although the Kiawah River Course clubhouse is a complete loss after a pair of fires gutted the facility Wednesday, the club plans to rebuild immediately. That announcement came hours after firefighters extenguished the fire.
The first fire started early Wednesday morning, fire officials said, on the first floor near the men's locker room. St. John's Fire Department responded to the alarm and extinguished the initial fire, the cause of which is under investigation.
By 8 a.m., a second fire had started near the same area. Employees and members of the club were evacuated. Firefighters were unable to contain that fire and the blaze consumed the structure.
"We're extremely grateful to the St. John's and Charleston County Fire Departments who performed admirably and valiantly trying to contain this fire," said CEO of Kiawah Development Partners, Charles Darby III. "While we're certainly disappointed by the loss of this
extraordinary clubhouse, we're thankful no one was hurt."
The Kiawah Island Club plans to resume normal golf operations as soon as the fire department deems the area safe for public use. Fifty-five River Course employees will be temporarily relocated to other departments within the Kiawah Island Club.
The River Course Clubhouse opened in 1996 and was designed by Shope Reno Wharton Associates. It was the first private golf course and clubhouse built on Kiawah Island.
The clubhouse includes a pro shop, dining room, grille room, veranda, living room and fitness center. The 30,000 square feet, two-story clubhouse overlooks the Kiawah River and Bass Pond.