Named the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association in 2010, Legend Oaks' 18-hole course winds through 7,011 yards of pristine Lowcountry terrain. As guests approach the club, an avenue lined by 300-year-old oak trees gives way to the emerald roof and wraparound porch of the plantation-style clubhouse, a site that recalls centuries of rustic Southern gentility. Wetlands, oaks, and fragrant pines buttress every hole across the club's picturesque par 72, ensnaring wayward golf balls. The par 4 14th hole exemplifies how course designer Scott Pool incorporated natural features into a treacherous but breathtaking layout, positioning water hazards directly in front of the tee box, a grove of pines on the right side of the fairway, and a green fortified by bunkers and picketing mashie niblicks from a bygone era. Golf carts with built-in GPS devices help clubbers traverse the emerald labyrinth, computing yardages from players' lies to the target pin, detailing nearby obstacles, and tracking every untrustworthy pelican within a five-mile radius.
Steps from the golf course, four hard-surface tennis courts and a swimming pool with a shaded gazebo round out the club's outdoor amenities. Guests can also make their way to the clubhouse for a splendid dining experience at Bistro One 18, where a diverse menu features everything from hot dogs to chicken marsala to sautéed driving-range balls.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by Scott Pool
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 7,011 yards from farthest tees
Course rating of 73.5 from farthest tees
Slope rating of 132 from farthest tees
Five tee options
See the scorecard
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.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Length of 6,037 yards from farthest tees
Course rating of 69.0 from farthest tees
Slope of 124 from farthest tees
Four tee options available
The Red Pepper is an Italian eatery with rich roots. Owner Fred White first learned the ropes of the restaurant business at his grandmother's Italian restaurant in Rochester, New York, mastering the art of crafting sweets and savories from fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, basil, and ricotta cheese. He went on to open lauded eateries across the country, then settled with his family in the Charleston area and opened The Red Pepper in Summerville. Here, locals relish hoagies, pizzas, and other sumptuous New York–style Italian food. Red umbrellas and baskets of flowers dot an outdoor patio, drawing diners into the fresh air for alfresco meals and drinks.
From the Press
Charleston City Paper: "Hearty, tasty southern Italian fare in a couple of nicely-dressed dining rooms."
USA Today: "The food is homemade and flavorful, and the staff is attentive."
With the long walks and low density of vending machines per square mile, golf courses tend to leave players hungry. Luckily, at The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, The Wescott Bar & Grill awaits visitors in the clubhouse. The bar and grill prepares upscale American and Italian food, with dinner entrees such as red wine-braised short ribs served over parsnip puree and roasted root vegetables and twin Charleston crab cakes accompanied by creamed corn and a lemon tomato arugula salad. Those entrees might pair with imported or domestic wine, including an Italian moscato and a pinot grigio from California. The Wescott Bar & Grill also cooks up omelets and other breakfast specialties, as well as a full lunch menu packed with more sandwiches than Yogi Bear's vault.
Two ranges: a 10-lane, 15-yard range and a 7-lane, 25-yard range
Onsite NRA instructors
Rental includes one firearm such as .22 caliber handguns or automatic weapons
Range visitors may also bring firearms from home
At a Glance
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.
Originally part of Henry Middleton’s private estate, Middleton Equestrian Center is now a separate parcel of more than 80 lush acres of pastoral oak trees and pastures. Guides lead trail rides that explore the adjacent Middleton Place, as well as other destinations that include abandoned rice fields, cypress swamps, and nearly 6,000 acres of wooded trails. An experienced coaching team leads lessons in a variety of styles, including hunter/jumper and dressage. More than 50 horses populate the property, and can often be found grazing in the 14 pastures, prancing in the dressage and jumping arenas, or nestling on the facility’s three barns.