Nestled along the banks of Wagner Creek and the Wando River, Dunes West Golf and River Club stretches across 6,871 yards of Carolina Lowcountry sculpted into an 18-hole layout designed by architect Arthur Hills. After traversing rolling terrain, quicksand bunkers, and oversize greens, golfers can conclude the par 72 layout at the 456-yard, par 4 18th hole, where Wagner Creek guards the entire left side of a shallow green that reveals the clubhouse's brick arches and second-story veranda just beyond the fringe. Golfers with slice-prone swings can make adjustments at the club’s driving range or schedule a lesson with one of the club’s PGA professionals, both more feasible than trying to control drives with telekinesis.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by Arthur Hills
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,781 yards from the farthest tees
Five tee options
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Palmetto Martial Arts is Mount Pleasant's premiere family martial-arts studio! Kids love our high-energy classes jam-packed with exciting skills and drills, and parents love the benefits! We emphasize the best instruction and character education!
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class so we can show you around and introduce you to our team and fellow students.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Ms. Debbie, owner, was a 10-year elementary-school teacher. She began her journey through martial arts and quickly saw the positive benefits it had when applying simple focus games in her classroom. She was sold and opened her own full-time studio to share the benefits of training.
What do you love most about your job?
We love helping students develop an "I can" attitude and give them tools for success in school, in work, and with friends and community. Our students are not only outstanding athletes, they follow the principles of black-belt excellence and take pride in themselves, their work, and their contribution to society.
Repeating a tradition that went back to their high-school days, three college friends sat on a Capers Island beach, roasting oysters over a cedar fire. They looked out at all the undeveloped land of the barrier islands and the low country, feeling like the sole witnesses to the beauty of pristine nature—and recognized that was a problem. Understanding that both tourists and locals were overlooking these untouched salt marshes and tidal pools, they decided to launch Barrier Island Eco Tours to help instill a greater respect and appreciation in the greater population. After receiving permission from the Department of Natural Resources, and with just a six-passenger boat, they began taking guests out on eco tours, fishing trips, and beach cookouts.
Today, Barrier Island’s naturalists have a fleet of boats for their six eco-friendly adventures such as sunset cruises to see bottlenose dolphins, a wildlife tours of Capers Island, and guided fishing trips for trophies such as redfish, shark, and stealth submarines. They also organize group and special events, from weddings to school fieldtrips.
Scuba divers glide amid the underwater wreckage just off the coast of Charleston. They flit through gaps in decommissioned military APCs, a deck-boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, all encrusted with starfish and barnacles. Other fish may join them as they drift around the debris of an old wooden schooner, float over a massive natural limestone ledge, or paddle around vacation spots.
These are just some of the sites Lowcountry Scuba visits on its dive charters through the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Before Lowcountry's customers can reach this step, however, they must train under one of the dive shop's PADI-certified scuba instructors. The center introduces students to the scuba-diving craft through Discover Scuba classes, hands-on sessions held in the pool or in the calm waters of a private lake with a strict no-sea-serpent policy. Instructors also teach to PADI standards with classes ranging from open-water diver certification to specialty classes in nitrox-enriched air and rescue diving.
Meanwhile, dive-shop staff outfit customers for excursions. These knowledgeable technicians can field questions about nearly any item, and supply equipment not only for diving but for spearfishing and lobstering as well.
The team of fellow certified captains share their fishing knowledge and intimacy of local waterways with guests of The Reel Deal Charters. Carefully following the seasonal eco-system to make sure customers have access to biting fish, their expeditions whisk passengers away on inshore hunts for red drum and sunken pirate ships. Fleets also cruise the water banks and oyster beds at low tides.Fiberglass replicas of caught fish are also available, leaving the fish unharmed in the process.
The Reel Deal's captains also organize trips to search for blue crabs and fish for sharks during warmer months, and explore local beaches and marshes. They also narrate sightseeing tours that pass by Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown or natural sights such as feasting pelicans and ospreys soaring overhead. All excursions take place aboard fleet of boats that each accommodates up to six passengers with licenses, tackle, and a variety of both live and artificial bait.
Captain Howard, the man at the helm of Adventure Harbor Tours, has an inherent attraction to the water. The second he steps out onto his boat he finds less dread, more excitement, and a desire to share this joy with others. As the voices of Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley sing from his boat's onboard stereo, Captain Howard ferries groups of up to 12 out into Charleston Harbor, where Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swim beneath the surface and one lonely scuba diver guards the harbor's flush valve. The captain's expeditions can take the form of private charters, fishing charters, or his most popular trip: a tour of Morris Island.
Untouched by cars or roads, Morris Island welcomes visitors onto secluded beaches filled with shells, sand dollars, and conchs. The 4-mile barrier island allows ample room for visitors to pick these shells, play in the sand, or run alongside their dogs—which Captain Howard welcomes onto his tours.