Pines, magnolias, and centuries-old oak trees rise above the kempt grounds of Henderson Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71 course, forming a scenic wreath around a club that embodies traditional Southern charm. Throughout the 6,700-yard course, spanish moss dangles from branches over thickets of native grasses, ponds, streams, and other wetland features that golfers traverse with the help of wooden footbridges or flotillas of buoyant golf bags. Players have more lenience to hone their swings through an open, links-inspired front nine before reining in their tee shots for the less-forgiving, tree-lined fairways of the second act. After rounds, golfers can head to Grille 19 and enjoy a sandwich or a burger from a brick-lined, pond-front patio or the cozy breakfast nook they built inside their driver's headcover.
Daufuskie Discoveries creates opportunities to explore Daufuskie Island's lush, historic habitat with customized guided or private outings. An enclosed or open-air water taxi quickly shuttles small groups from Hilton Head or Savannah to the island's three-mile stretch of sandy beach in 30 minutes, with captains tossing out facts about Calibogue Sound and Cooper River. Customers disembark and board their conveyance of choice—golf cart, boat, or shoes—before bursting through the tree line into specific isle regions, such as Bloody Point, which houses the Bloody Point Cemetery and Bloody Point Lighthouse & Silver Dew Winery. Three-hour private cruises skirt the coastline as a guide artfully describes the sun dipping beneath marshes as a hot air balloon deflated by a stampeding herd of storks.
Island Miniature Golf and Games' family-friendly activities can't be contained, sprawling across both indoor and outdoor facilities. The 18-hole mini-golf course undulates across a landscaped yard complete with all the rock hazards, streams, ponds, and shirt-cannon-toting mascots of a full-scale game of golf. Visitors practice their swings at the three-station softball and baseball batting cages, blast bad guys in the arcade, and test out their car-chasing skills on the bumper-car court. Birthday-party packages occupy young revelers with fun-stuffed amenities such as an inflatable moonwalk bounce house and a private party room.