Clear blue water is common throughout Summerville Country Club’s par 71 course, which unfurls across 6,037 yards amid towering Carolina pines. In total, water hazards are in play on 12 holes; since the course layout is relatively short, golfers have to resist the temptation to use aggressive, high-risk drives and water-soluble knickers. In addition, golfers must contend with the course’s slick bermuda-grass greens, which have subtle breaks.
Each round concludes with dramatic flair on the 475-yard, par 5 18th hole, which features a dogleg-left fairway and an expansive pond that bisects the hole at the bend—strategically placed in the landing zone of long drives. Golfers can traverse the course’s gently undulating terrain in one of the club's rental carts.
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Eric Sullivan owes his seamanship and fishing skills to his 21-year stint in the Coast Guard. In his free time, he would fish the waters of wherever his job landed him, whether it was the Bering Sea, the Atlantic coast, or Mars’s one puddle. Nowadays, most of his fishing takes place along the inlets and marshes of South Carolina’s Low Country as the owner of his own fishing-charter company, Triple Hook Fishing. Aboard his 22-foot bay boat, the US Coast Guard–licensed captain motors passengers on fishing trips to waters that are rich with redfish, trout, flounder, and seasonal fish such as sharks and king mackerel. Through these trips, Eric is able to share his passion for fishing with others, and help families create the type of lasting memories he has created with his own wife and kids.
When John Drayton broke ground on Drayton Hall in 1738, he had no idea that his estate would survive the American Revolution, the Civil War, an earthquake, and numerous hurricanes. The stories contained in the building’s walls span seven generations of history tied to the Draytons and the Bowens family, an African American family that lived and worked at Drayton Hall before and after emancipation. Since 1974, when Charles and Frank Drayton sold their ancestral home to the National Trust, visitors have been able to transport themselves into the past with more ease than rubbing the beard at the Lincoln Memorial.
The main house, a sweeping example of Georgian Palladian architecture, is the oldest near-original, unrestored colonial home in the United States. Like a helpful ghost, the grand rooms and original fireplaces whisper history into the ears of all visitors, telling tales of British and colonial soldiers who occupied the house during the American Revolution. Views from the portico are filled with drooping trees, spanish moss, and a grand driveway. Surrounding the estate, an undisturbed historic landscape backs up to the Ashley River, and also encompasses A Sacred Place, the oldest African American cemetery in the country still in use.
With encouraging personal trainers and a cornucopia of cardio and strength equipment, Anytime Fitness of Ladson arms members with a lethal weapon in the battle against flab. Modern and hygienic workout machines fill the gym’s airy space, and members can easily shift their focus from free weights to cross trainers depending on their muscle-toning mood (a $65 value for one-month membership). After an initial consultation, two sessions with a personal trainer well versed in fitness and Sweatin' to the Oldies exercise tapes will assist members in developing healthful and effective workout habits (a $70 value/session). Treadmills and cardio machines are equipped with televisions, and personal amenities include private restrooms and sweat-purging showers. A convenient location and optional all-time access cards allow members to shed the bondage of authoritative time restraints and adopt an exercise routine that makes the most of lunch breaks and extra-motivated sleepwalking sessions.
ATP Gun Shop & Range's two climate-controlled galleries host recreational, sport, and instructional shooting for marksmen of all experience levels. Accommodating a wide range of clients, instructors lead NRA-sanctioned courses and host ladies’ nights. At the pro shop, an onsite gunsmith repairs firearms.
Ladies Choice Fitness Center shapes the silhouettes of determined dames via a fully rigged gym and multitude of classes exclusively for women. The gym brims with strength and cardio accoutrement for a workout that forms curves full circle. An experienced and heedful staff is on hand to answer inquiries pertaining to all skill levels, acquaint gym rats with proper equipment, and collect jellybean jar postulations. If group energy propels your iron-pumping speedboat, Ladies Choice runs a horde of diverse pound-jettisoning classes such as kickboxing, belly dance, yoga, and Zumba. Call the fitness center for exact dates and times.
The Moonshine Saloon's two bars cover 10,000 square feet of southern-rock vibes, billiards, video games, and a menu of fried appetizers and burgers. Patrons can toss golden taquitos ($4.25) at the saloon’s dartboards, then commune with deep-sea fryers with a dinner basket of shrimp ($8.25). The sweetness and crunch of fried corn ($2.25) make way for the cheeseburger ($7.75), its two buns bookending warm pages of cheese melted over a beef patty. Before exploring Moonshine’s large dance floor in search of a city wrought of pure rock 'n' roll, patrons can petition a tasty concoction from the bar with a choice of call ($4.75), premium ($6.75), or top-shelf ($7.50) liquors.