Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, Crescent Pointe Golf Club’s 18-hole, 6,773-yard course takes golfers on a journey through the shadows of skyscraping pines and oaks amid the unfurled petals of blooming magnolias. Generous fairways provide ample runways for flush drives and golf-obsessed extra terrestrials, and the course compensates with dramatically sloped, elevated greens with enough subtle breaks to give any smooth-putting golflete a case of the yips. The par 71 presents birdie opportunities at all three of its par 5's, though each one will challenge club-flailing composure with forced-carry water hazards. Expansive beach bunkers threaten to ensnare wayward balls on several holes, where conservative players would be wise to simply wedge the ball back into the fairway and pay a one-stroke fealty to their despotic sand-trap rakes. To prepare for rounds, divoteers can straighten out unsightly slices and snap-hooks at the club’s driving range or sign up for a lesson with PGA professional Stephen Neville.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer
Length of 6,773 yards from the farthest tees
Three tee options available
Link to scorecard
The final three holes at the Pete Dye Signature Golf Course at Hampton Hall can make the rest of the round seem like an extended practice session. The par-four 16th sets the tone for the dramatic finish by challenging golfers' length off the tee and accuracy with a long-iron, as it plays to a formidable 463 yards from the tips. The par-three 17th pens a different riddle to solve, forcing golfers to crack a 222-yard tee shot onto an elevated green guarded by natural wetlands and three sandtraps. But these penultimate holes are only appetizers to the center-cut steak they will encounter at 18, a 495-yard par-four with a narrow fairway guarded by a waste area and trees on the right and wooded wetlands on the left. The waterways snake around in front of the green, as well, making par an even more coveted score.
A 7,503-yard whale of a golf course from the tips, the course offers five tee options, catering to golfers of all abilities like a butler with a tray full of divot repair tools. The facility also hosts a driving range where golfers can fine-tune their swing before taking to the first tee.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course designed by Pete Dye * Length of 7,503 yards from the tips * Five tee options available
The Shoemaker clan has been sailing around the East Coast since the 1600s, making the family as native to South Carolina as the state's alligators and seaside bluffs resembling John C. Calhoun. After inheriting an in-depth aquatic knowledge from his father, who spent 25 years as a commercial fisherman, Captain Chris Shoemaker?a Coast Guard?licensed captain?conveys that love of the water to even more generations by leading fishing, shrimping, and crabbing excursions on his 24-foot Carolina Skiff boat. Collectively known as May River Excursions, Captain Chris and his crew make twice-daily trips to Daufuskie Island, a rustic, historical idyll with a single schoolhouse, dirt roads, and wild bald eagles, armadillos, and alligators that still comprise the island's local constabulary. The guides also lead regular 90-minute tours along the May River in search of ospreys, egrets, and dolphins, always including a history lesson about the country surrounding the towns of Bluffton and Hilton Head.
Juicy Steaks International dispenses succulent, 100% certified cuts of steak, chicken, and seafood by the case for carnivorous clientele to store in their home freezers. Ribs and burgers satiate palates alongside bites of tender fillets, new york strips, and porterhouses, which puzzle wolves who cannot decide between eating them and blowing them down. Chicken-breast fillets arrive slathered in delectable sauces, such as honey mustard or southwestern, and an extensive selection of lobsters, shrimp, groupers, and red snappers treat taste buds stricken with maritime munchies. Juicy Steaks International can also throw tailgate parties, during which staff man the Juicy Steaks Smoker Grill and supply all the necessary chow, setup, and cleanup for pregame festivities. The meat-focused outfit also caters a wide array of family and group events with special meals, such as deep-fried turkey, and offers authentic Caribbean eats, such as oxtail and jerk pork, for lunchtime carry-out or delivery.
Among the highly qualified staff at Inner Peace Massage is a masters-level massage practitioner and licensed massage therapist whose advanced certifications dip into both aesthetic and bodywork fields. Inner Peace Massage’s experienced therapists draw from their toolbox of techniques to target myriad sources of discomfort. Tropical oils accompany relaxing Hawaiian massages, and sports massages relieve bodies that have performed athletic activity and the hard labor of hoisting successful athletes on their shoulders after victories. Ingredients such as Éminence organic skincare products and Hungarian apricot oils feature prominently on the menu of revitalizing facial treatments, and Thai oils team up with peppermint foot wraps and acupressure to give feet a blissful reprieve from the burden of supporting the body.
Inside a private treatment room, a portrait of Buddha smiles over a cluster of candles while clients receive their massages or cutting-edge med-spa services. Each treatment at Zen Fusion Spa at Lowcountry Aesthetic Center stems from Eastern and Western philosophies proven to boost beauty and eradicate stress. Licensed massage therapists and a licensed acupuncturist draw from holistic health and energy therapies to bring wellness to bodies, comfort to strained muscles, and meaning to melancholic porcupines. Medical aestheticians round out the staff with aesthetic expertise at refreshing complexions with Obagi skincare products, laser therapy, and waxing services.