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Great Places to Play in Hilton Head

For those who have never picked up a club, eyed the target at the end of the green, stepped forward to address the ball and purposefully swung at the dimpled ball poised on the tee, golf can be confusing. But to the many players, young and old, who spend their spare time hunting the great courses, hoping to beat the hazards, challenging the architect's exacted tests, and once in a while coming out the other end of an 18-hole adventure, golf is great.

In the Lowcountry, golf is not just a sport; it is a way of life. Golf legends have built some of the worlds most selective courses here, calling on their experiences from playing in the most exciting and challenging courses around the world, then implementing the water hazards, bunkers and roughs meant to leave each player with their own personal experience of play.

On Callawassie Island, optimistic players have been stepping onto the Tom Fazio-designed 27-hole championship course for more than two decades. Whispers of its difficulty and rumors of unparalleled games have wafted through the golf communities. Recently, the course underwent a multi-million dollar renovation which included rebuilding the greens from scratch, using Mini-Verdi grass for surfacing that insures smoothest, truest putting year round and adding a technologically-advanced dual line watering system that uses 50 percent less water while keeping the lush landscape of Live Oaks, majestic Magnolia trees beautifully green.

"Our goal was to provide members with a flashback to one of Tom Fazio's youthful, signature masterpieces," says Callawassie Island Club General Manager Brian LaSota.
Old Tabby Links, located on Spring Island is a legend in the Lowcountry. The sprawling course is adjacent to the multi-million dollar Old Tabby Links Golf House, an 18,500 square foot clubhouse with rich wood interiors that could easily be mistaken for an old-world Scottish Inn. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay in 1992 and ranks high among the 150 courses developed by the pair. The 17th hole of the course was named by the writers of Arnold Palmer's exclusive Kingdom Magazine as number three in their list of the "Kings 18", the best holes of golf.

Another renowned course was designed by golfing great Greg Norman and sits overlooking the Okatie River. The award-winning 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Oldfield Golf Course is considered by many to be the finest in the area.

Prior to creating it, Norman admitted, "We dream of getting a site like this one. And since this is our first course in the Lowcountry, we want to make it something special."

"Our residents consider it to be exquisite golf," says Alice Beckish, Broker-in-Charge of Oldfield Plantation adding that Norman incorporated the natural lay of the land, creating its unique design out of it. Keeping to Norman's course philosophy, there are free form tee boxes with five sets of tees, four types of grass, large apron areas, sod-walled bunkers and small greens.
The newest Tom Fazio-designed course is located in community of Tradition Hilton Head, made famous recently as home to Home and Garden Television's (HGTV) 2008 Dream Home. Unique to this community is its mixed use design where the Tradition National Golf Course is just part of an expansive community with a Village Square that serves as the neighborhood's social anchor with miles of pathways connecting restful lakes, neighborhood parks and stunning gardens.

Tradition National Golf Course, is Tom Fazio's newest course in the Lowcountry and incorporates the natural landscape of lakes and wetlands throughout. The Par 72 course offers four sets of tees extending to 7300 yards with multiple pin positions, challenging bunkers and comfortable fairways. Also featured is a 6-hold chipping/short course with holes ranging from 70-180 years and a double-ended practice area with bunkers, putting and chipping greens.

Golf in the Lowcountry is distinct and no two games are played the same. In addition to the brilliance of each architect's designs, the natural landscape also must be incorporated into each player's strategy including the winds, the wildlife and even a few wandering gators.

If you're lucky enough to live in the Lowcountry, then fortune has truly smiled upon you. If you are interested in a home or home site, now is the time to buy.

Contact any one of our trusted Realtors to learn about ways to make your dream of homeownership a reality. The tees are waiting.

Any one of our Realtors or agents can assist in helping to find a home in one of these featured golf communities. To learn more about:

Callawassie Island Golf, visit www.CallawassieIsland.com Old Tabby Links, visit www.SpringIsland.com

Oldfield Golf Course, visit www.Oldfield1732.com

Tradition National Golf Course, visit www.TraditionHH.com