With Lake Keowee’s 18,500 acres of water and 300 miles of shoreline, boating is a big part of life at Keowee Key. Almost all Keowee Key lakefront homes have their own private docks, and there are five community dock locations with 324 boat slips, all with electricity. Two locations have fuel docks allowing residents on-the-water fuel service.
In addition, the community offers storage lot spaces for trailers and boats, a seasonal boat maintenance program, power-washing service, and rental programs for pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks. Keowee Key's Skipper Store, with basic marine supplies, rounds out the offering.
Originally designed by George Cobb, Keowee Key’s golf course was renovated by Pinehurst architect Richard Mandell in 2006, ranking in Golf Digest’s Top 10 courses of South Carolina. Painstakingly maintained, this 6,426-yard, 18-hole, par 72 course is near to being certified by the Audubon for environmental stewardship.
With its demanding topography, Keowee Key in Salem, SC is a distinct challenge to any golfer, and four tee boxes are offered to match varying skill levels. The golf club features a full-time golf professional and assistant pro – both expert teachers – a fully stocked pro shop, electric golf carts and locker rooms. Generous practice facilities include a driving range, putting green, and chipping and bunker practice area.
If you love tennis, you will adore Keowee Key. Tennis is played here outdoors year-round. With nearly 300 adults involved in Men’s, Ladies’ and mixed USTA league tennis, Keowee Key has produced 31 USTA League Team titles, 8 State titles, 3 Sectional titles and a National Championship. Social play is offered six days each week.
Facilities are generous: 14 courts – 8 clay, 4 synthetic grass and 2 US Open-style cushioned hard courts, all lighted for night play – as well as 2 gazebos and a large pavilion with seating. A full-time tennis director with professional international tennis experience gives lessons and clinics, and trains teams for USTA matches.
Many residents favorite amenity – the paved Leisure Trail – stretches 2.6 miles along the shores of Lake Keowee, providing gorgeous lake views at every turn. Beautiful gardens, banks of azaleas and wild dogwood line the trail, which is lighted from dusk until dawn.
With drinking fountains, restrooms, several covered gazebos, and a large pavilion with charcoal grill, the Leisure Trail is a convenient place to take a stroll. The volleyball court, children's playground, and great sandy beach along the way add to the fun.
Fitness and Racquet Center
With more than 40 classes each week, all the latest facilities and equipment, personal training, massage therapy, and an on-site physical therapy clinic, everything you need to get or stay fit is at Keowee Key.
Equipment includes 20 cardio machines, a stretch cage, a full circuit of Nautilus™ strength stations, Olympic free weights, benches, dumb bells and more. Facilities include two racquet ball courts, indoor basketball, table tennis, a large aerobics room, indoor heated pool, and men's and women's locker rooms, each with showers, sauna and spa.
The Club at Keowee Key
The Club’s award-winning chef creates a tantalizing array of choices for lunch and dinner daily. Keowee Key’s world-class dining experience, including a superb Sunday Brunch, has been called the finest in the Upstate. A first-class wine cellar completes the offering. Five dining venues are available, designed to satisfy personal taste and preference. Whatever you choose, from casual to formal dining, from a bistro to a sports bar, the warm and friendly staff will make you feel welcome.
Adjacent to the club is the Activity Center. Here, numerous meeting rooms are available for resident activities and committee meetings. There is even a member library, with thousands of books and audio-books available.
Keowee Key has two outdoor pools: the Captain's Walk pool – an intimate, gated pool with umbrellas, cabana chairs and changing rooms – and the newest (huge) pool opened in the summer of 2013. Overlooking the lake with the mountains in the background, this newest pool is a big hit with residents. Features include cabanas, changing rooms, snack bar and a large meeting room with plenty of windows. Keowee Key's outdoor pools are open throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Keowee Key also offers residents and their guests a large (25-meter) heated, indoor pool that is part of the Fitness and Racquet Center complex.
Keowee Key boasts several parks and beaches along the shores of Lake Keowee. Two are wooded peninsulas jutting out into the northwest branch of Lake Keowee. Part of the original forest, they are shady, breezy and quiet, offering residents park benches, picnic tables, restrooms, small marinas and storage racks for their canoes and kayaks.
Keowee Key’s Dog Park, its newest park, allows dogs to play off-leash, sometimes on the agility equipment provided. Activities include social, educational and training opportunities for dogs and owners alike.
And of course, there are beaches, where residents and their families enjoy the crystal clear waters of Lake Keowee.
The fast growing sport of Pickleball is played with enthusiasm at Keowee Key. There are four state-of-the-art, lighted Pickleball courts and a very active group of players. The program supports all levels of play and there are periodic tournaments and invitationals with other communities. New players are always welcome and there are regularly scheduled orientation sessions.
The dog park at Keowee Key is a gathering place for pooches, and their owners. The park is equipped with water fountains, poop bags, agility equipment, a message board and seating for human companions.
Open daily from 8am to dusk, the park is divided into two sides, one for small dogs and the other for large, but more often dogs of all breeds and sizes play happily together. The area also offers social opportunities for pet owners, many of whom get together regularly with-or-without their canine companions.