Private Clubs: The Lowcountry Is More Than a Place to Visit; It's the Perfect Place to Call Home

Our South Carolina Lowcountry isn’t just a memorable place to visit for a week or two each year. No, our South Carolina Lowcountry is above all else a special place to call home, whether it’s for 365 days a year or just several months out of it.

Sure, there’s the gorgeous weather, amazing natural surroundings and quiet lifestyle that draws so many to this area to retire, start a second life, or ever increasingly, to raise a family. That said, for so many who have decided to make Beaufort County their permanent residence or a home away from home, golf is typically at the center of that equation.

The love of the game, and the ability to play it practically year-round, is a critical piece of the Hilton Head lifestyle. At the core of that lifestyle are the amazing private communities that welcome with open arms golfers from all corners of the world to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Indeed, this region is practically dotted with worldclass communities boasting 18 or 36 holes of acclaimed championship golf from the likes of Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio to name just a few. They are communities with amenities that go far beyond golf to other pursuits such as tennis, fitness, world-class dining and other recreation. They are communities that offer safety, camaraderie and competition. They are communities that have become home to those seeking a comfortable living, a fresh start and new life experiences.

In addition to the beaches, resorts and public golf opportunities, they are the communities that make the region stretching from Hilton Head Island, through Bluffton and all the way to Beaufort such a special place to call home.

Whether it’s Hilton Head Island, Bluffton or Beaufort, it’s safe to say that despite their protective gates, these communities know no borders. That said, it’s safe to say that the growth of private golf communities and golf clubs in this region started on Hilton Head Island, just as the area’s reputation as a golf destination did some years before.

Leading the way with that reputation is Long Cove Club, home to a top 100 private course designed by Dye. The famed architect has certainly lent his talents to many Lowcountry courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines, home to the The Heritage, the region’s professional golf event. Yet no other course is ranked as highly or considered as significant as Dye’s Long Cove. In addition to the golf, Long Cove offers residents eight clay tennis courts, deep water access for boating and a terrific social calendar.

More than a decade ago, the mainland leading to the bridges to Hilton Head became the center of the region’s private club expansion. The creation of Colleton River, which is now home to both a Nicklaus and Dye course, got the ball rolling. Its model of offering multiple golf courses at the center of its amenity program has served as the template for others to follow.

The creation of Colleton River was soon followed by the opening of Belfair Plantation, which boasts two extraordinary Fazio-designed layouts at its core. Host of the prestigious amateur event The Players Amateur, the East and West courses are golf in its purest form; few obstructions, rolling terrain, large greens and a fair challenge for players of all abilities. The plantation is also home to the Jim Ferree Golf Learning Center and a 9,200-square-foot Fitness and Sport Center.

Since Belfair’s 1994 opening, other world-class facilities have followed. Berkeley Hall opened in early 2000 and now features a pair of stunning, diverse courses, also designed by Fazio. That development was followed by Oldfield and its Greg Norman-designed layout and then by Hampton Hall, which boasts yet another acclaimed Dye course at its center. This amazing growth of private communities has helped put Bluffton, S.C. on the map as top places to retire and live in the Carolinas, serving as a perfect complement to the more established private clubs and communities in the Beaufort area. Led by bluebloods such as Callawassie Island, Dataw Secession, Beaufort is an underrated area for golf and country club living.

the recession that griped this region in 2009 has certainly slowed the growth of private golf and private golf communities in this region, it has not affected the grand experience that is living and playing behind those gates. Communities such as Long Cove, Belfair, Oldfield and many others continue to provide amazing golf experiences to its residents and their guests.

As the region settles into a new decade and moves away from the struggles of the past couple years, the amenities and experiences in these communities will continue to grow and prosper as new residents, members and friends are welcomed inside the gates. That is the enduring legacy of the South Carolina Lowcountry – what was once great is still today and will continue to be tomorrow and beyond.

Private Course Directory

Bear Creek Golf Club
237 Whooping Crane Way, HH
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6804 yards
(843) 681-9510

Belfair Golf Club, East Course
200 Belfair Oaks Blvd, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 71 | 6900 yards
(843) 757-0715

Belfair Golf Club, West Course
200 Belfair Oaks Blvd, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7080 yards
(843) 757-0715

Berkeley Hall Golf Club, North Course
366 Good Hope Rd, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7131 yards

Berkeley Hall Golf Club, South Course
366 Good Hope Rd, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7158 yards

Callawassie Island Club
20 Callawassie Club Dr, Okatie
Three 9 hole courses
(843) 987-2161

Chechessee Creek Club
18 Cheechessee Creek Dr
18 holes | Par: 70 | 6066 yards
(843) 987-7070

Colleton River Plantation Club – Nicklaus Course
60 Colleton River Drive, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7039 yards
(843) 836-4400

Colleton River Plantation Club – Dye Course
60 Colleton River Drive, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7121 yards
(843) 836-4400

Colleton River Plantation Club – Borland Par 3 Course
60 Colleton River Drive, Bluffton
9 holes | Par-3 Course
(843) 836-4400

Dataw Island – Cotton Dike Course
100 Dataw Club Road, Dataw
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6799 yards
(843) 838-8261

Dataw Island – Morgan River Course
100 Dataw Club Road, Dataw
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6646 yards
(843) 838-8261

Dolphin Head Golf Club
56 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7503 yards
(843) 681-5550

Haig Point Club
10 Haig Point Ct
Three 9 hole courses
(843) 341-8100

Hampton Hall Club
170 Hampton Hall Blvd, Bluffton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6606 yards
(800) 530-2293

Long Cove Club
44 Long Cove Dr, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 71 | 7,026 yards
(800) 995-406

Golden Bear Golf Club
72 Golden Bear Way, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6643 yards
(843) 689-2200

Moss Creek Golf Club, South (Devil’s Elbow) Course
100 Devils Elbow Ln, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6885 yards
(843) 837-2231

Moss Creek Golf Club, North Course
100 Devils Elbow Ln, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6555 yards
(843) 837-2231

Oldfield Club
130 Oldfield Way, Okatie
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7134 yards
(843) 645-4600

Old Tabby Links on Spring Island
42 Mobley Oaks Ln, Okatie
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7004 yards
(843) 987-2013

Pinecrest Golf Course
1 Pinecrest Way, Bluff ton
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7089 yards
(843) 757-8960

Secession Golf Course
100 Islands Causeway, Beaufort
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7035 yards
(843) 522-4653

Spanish Wells Club
1 Brams Point Rdl, Hilton Head
9 holes | Par: 36 | 3052 yards
(843) 681-2819

The Golf Club at Indigo Run
101 Berwick Dr, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7072 yards
(843) 689-5666

Tradition National Golf Club
2005 Wiregrass Way, Hardeeville
18 holes | Par: 72 | 7317 yards
(866) 459-1422

Wexford Golf Club
111 Wexford Club Dr, Hilton Head
18 holes | Par: 72 | 6887 yards
(843) 686-8812

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