Ace of Clubs | Long Cove Golfer Going Strong at 82

Ace of Clubs | Long Cove Golfer Going Strong at 82

Long Cove Club Course

Teed Up: Meet Kenny Walker

Kenny Walker is an SC golf icon whose pace challenges all golfers, no matter their age. 

The ancient Greek poet Hesiod is credited with first observing that “moderation is best in all things.” For one member of Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, that sage advice rings true—about everything but golf.

Kenny Walker was born in Massachusetts in 1936 but spent much of his youth in the textile town of Anniston, AL.Kenny and Hila Walker Always a good student with an interest in the sciences, he earned a degree from Harvard. A new job in the growing plastics industry brought him to Greenville, SC, where he met a local girl who would become his wife.

“Hila and I got married in Greenville in 1960,” Walker says, “and after a stint in the military, we were living there when a neighbor’s boss very graciously let us use his new house in Sea Pines. Back then, you knew you were in the Lowcountry from about an hour out, driving on the narrow roads with the big, mossy oaks hanging over them. Even after you crossed over to the island on the old two-lane bridge, it was like that all the way to Coligny Circle on the south end. It was just beautiful.

Golf Wins

“So we started vacationing on Hilton Head almost every summer,” he continues. “We’d stay at the William Hilton Inn, which was a very classy oceanfront hotel where you had to dress for dinner—jacket and tie required. One year, probably in the early 1980s, the club pro at Harbour Town, John Farrell, told me that I should check out Pete Dye’s new private course at Long Cove Club. After a friend invited me to play it, I told myself, ‘that’s where I want to live one day.’”

 

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But, taking care of business came first, and Walker found that his growing passion for golf would play a significant role in both the journey and the ultimate destination of his life.

“I took up the game in my late 20s,” he says, “because I saw that it would be a big asset to take prospects out for a round of golf. In fact, with thousands of manufacturers in the plastics business, I made a decision early on to focus on the companies run by people who were also golfers. It worked out very well.

Do What You Love

“I started my own company in 1982,” he points out. “We were living up north, and when it reached the point that we could live anywhere we wanted to live, we first went to Atlanta. We also visited Aiken [South Carolina] frequently because our daughter lived there at the time and we liked it very much. But, we kept getting drawn back to Hilton Head Island.”

Kenny and Hila Walker moved into their new home in the Long Cove Club residential community in February 1991. Then, as now, the initial fee for club membership was built into the purchase price, so he was at the clubhouse and ready to play within days.

Long Cove Clubhouse

Play it Fast 

“I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed that first day,” Walker recalls, “and I got paired up with some guys who quickly became great friends. Since then, I’ve tried to be just as welcoming to new members. We form our own golf groups at Long Cove Club—my current group has about 40 people—and I’ve always thought it was important to include players of different ages and skill levels. The only thing I ask is ‘don’t be slow.’”

But Walker’s vigorous pace of play isn’t the reason for his status as a local golf icon; it’s his Iron Man durability: He’s the acknowledged (if unofficial) all-time record holder on Long Cove Club course with more than 6,000 rounds played and counting.

“Back in the ‘90s,” he says, “I played over 300 rounds a year—five or six, even seven days a week sometimes—and for most of those I’d walk the course and carry my own clubs. When you walk the entire 18 holes, it’s about five miles, plus the weight of the bag. Now that’s a good workout.”

Lead with a Club

Over the years, Walker also got involved with club leadership by serving on the golf committee, then being elected club president in 1996-97. He introduced player-friendly changes in course operation—allowing walking rounds any time of the day and carts on the fairways for the benefit of older members—and other improvements that have kept Long Cove Club among the nation’s top-rated private clubs. He also developed a friendship with Pete Dye (“he’s a treasure”) during the course architect’s annual visits to the club and supported investment in a complete restoration of the golf course that was completed in October 2018. “They did an excellent job,” according to Walker.

Golf Course at Long Cove Club

All the while, he’s continued to set course records: On December 5, 2016—at age 80— Walker shot his fourth hole-in-one on the Long Cove Club course, his seventh ace overall during a half-century of play. “I tell people these days that I don’t really play golf anymore, I play at it,” he muses. “But that was a pretty good shot.”

Now in his 82nd year, Walker has cut back his golf schedule to just two or three rounds a week, but enjoys the game and his playing companions just as much. Has that been his key to a healthy lifestyle?

Keys to the Good Life

“Well, I was blessed with great genes, and I watch what I eat. We have a lot of seafood and fresh vegetables,” he says. “And I do enjoy a cocktail, not every night, but I’ll have one when I want one.

“It’s no secret that I enjoy golf and being around people who make me laugh. I think that makes for a long and happy life,” Walker notes. “It’s important to do as much as you can to fill your life with the things you like to do and do them with people you enjoy. Being married to Hila is my greatest joy.” The Walkers recently celebrated their 58th anniversary and cherish time with their son and his family when they’re visiting from North Carolina, and their daughter and two grandchildren who now also live on Hilton Head Island.

That choice of location seems to have played a role in his happy longevity as well.

“Obviously, there’s been growth and a lot of changes since we moved here in 1991,” he says. “One new thing is that they’ve finally extended the runway at the Hilton Head Airport, so regional jets can fly in directly from Charlotte, and eventually Atlanta and other places. I think that will help to keep the island as a top retirement and vacation destination. But, one thing that hasn’t really changed that much is the natural character of the island. Hilton Head has done a magnificent job of maintaining the beauty of this place,” he concludes.
“And, the same is true of Long Cove Club—it looks great, the people have been so friendly, we have lots of good neighbors, and we share all these great amenities. We really have been blessed.”

Gracious and affable. Generous and polite. The folks at Long Cove Club will tell you that Kenny Walker is the kind of member who has made their community such a special place for so long. There was only one reason that he’d kindly point out that the hour allotted for this interview was up.

He doesn’t want to be late for his tee time.

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Hattiesburg, MS The Hub City of the South

Hattiesburg, MS The Hub City of the South

Hattiesburg train station is as historical as it is vital to present-day Hattiesburg.The main road that frames the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi and stretches west from downtown – first through college-town neighborhoods, then past modern suburbs, and ultimately into endless acres of pine forest – is called Hardy Street.

The street is named after Captain William Harris Hardy, a civil engineer who breathed life into a couple rutted dirt roads in 1882 by bringing the railroad through and making the region a hub for transportation and timbering. Only thing was, the burgeoning town needed a name. Turns out Capt. Hardy had a wife back in Meridian, who was as Southern and gentile as a magnolia blossom, and her name was Hattie. And a town was born.

Over the decades since, Hattiesburg has become an oasis in south Mississippi for students and their educators. Entrepreneurs have taken the Southern culinary scene by storm. This city is the heartbeat of health care, and a community of folks who won’t stop until anyone moving into their silver years is engaged, healthy, and has a myriad of learning opportunities.
Favorably situated just 90 minutes by interstate from New Orleans, and the pristine gulf coast beaches of Alabama, Hattiesburg is built on three community pillars: military, education, and a sprawling medical system that provides care to a 19-county region.

While the university itself offers broad continuing education programs, some of its faculty and graduate students also teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), part of a nationwide network of centers that offer intellectual and cultural experiences for people in their retirement years. Located on the Southern Miss campus, OLLI boasts 176 annual classes, from beginner arts and crafts to expansive learning field trips to Mackinaw Island, the Biltmore Estate, and even an architectural dig in Scotland.

The Town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi emphasizes preservation. Thanks to the earnest vision of a handful of local physicians more than 50 years ago, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are today a national-class network of four hospitals, eight regional clinics, a sparkling Orthopedics Institute, a new Hospice House, and 60 satellite locations. If the greater Hattiesburg statistical area correctly has a population of 150,000, then likely one of every 16 people in the region works in the health care industry. Suffice to say, you’re in very good hands in the Hub City.

Complementing those two pillars is a bundle of community leaders who throw challenge on their backs and mold it into progress. Among them are Rob and Craig Tatum, real estate entrepreneurs whose great-great-grandfather was a former mayor of Hattiesburg.

Recent projects of theirs include The Claiborne, a top-of-the-line independent-living and assisted living/memory care community offering every possible amenity to its residents. In downtown, the duo has transformed two century-old buildings into stylish residential lofts. And, in the burgeoning Midtown District, they just opened Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg, a luxury property that is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group.

Says Rob, “For generations, Hattiesburg has been very good to our family, so our goal now is to spare no expense in giving back to the community. If there is an extra dollar to be spent to ensure quality, we will spend it.”

Certainly the most visible of Hattiesburg’s community leaders is 36-year old Mayor Toby Barker, a former state legislator whose youthful exuberance is contagious. Mayor Barker recently established the first Director of Customer Service position, a unique role, indeed, for government.

Downtown Hattiesburg is the city's center for arts, cultural, and culinary magic.

The Hattiesburg Zoo is the #1 tourism destination in the state. The city’s culinary credibility is embodied largely in the native soul of Robert St. John, a nationally acclaimed restaurateur, author of 10 books, a Cooking Channel celebrity chef, and owner of five local restaurants, including Tabella, Crescent City Grill, and Purple Parrott (where the bread pudding is heavenly), all located in midtown near the Southern Miss campus.
And, there is much more to recommend Hattiesburg for a visit or longer. A certified retirement community, Hattiesburg was ranked one of the “8 Tax Friendliest Towns” in America. And, its 25-block downtown Historic Neighborhood District has one of the best collections of Victorian-era houses in Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also on the National Register is the Saenger Theater, opened in 1929 and a rare example of a vintage Art Deco-style vaudeville and movie theater. Downtown is also said to be home of the first guitar riffs of rock and roll and boasts a live music scene that some say rivals Austin, TX.

The Hattiesburg Zoo is regarded as the #1 tourism destination in the state and houses 100 animal species, plus interactive educational programs, a High Ropes Adventure Course, and train and carousel rides. The city has also reclaimed 44 miles of historic rail line and transformed them into the Longleaf Trace, a 10-foot-wide paved trail for biking, hiking, bird watching, and more.
You just might even run into gun-slinging Super Bowl champ and legendary Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre at the hardware store. He’s the kind of hero you could name a town after. But, the gentile, magnolia blossom that is Miss Hattie has a much nicer ring to it.

On the Move  Savannah Quarters

On the Move  Savannah Quarters

Savannah Quarters is an ideal destination.

Southern Charm with a Modern Edge at Savannah Quarters

Having relocated many times throughout their busy working lives, Jim and Celeste Whirt were ready to find their ideal home, in their ideal location. They toured a few places in Florida, but it was the master-planned community of Savannah Quarters in Georgia that eventually won their hearts.

Family Matters

“Family is very important to us so we knew we wanted to be close to at least one of our three children,” explains Celeste. They also knew that they wanted a warm climate and to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while still having easy access to shops, restaurants, and a vibrant cultural scene.

“When my daughter in-law suggested that we take a look at Savannah Quarters, a beautiful community that was close to them and not far from Downtown Savannah, we set up a viewing right away,” says Celeste. They were shown around by a Savannah Quarters representative and instantly fell in love with the friendly atmosphere, modern amenities, and peaceful natural setting.

 

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Golf Life

Savannah Quarters checked lots of boxes. It has a Greg Norman signature golf course, an award-winning fitness center with a dynamic range of activities, and it enjoys a year round sunny climate. “Everything is so easy at Savannah Quarters,” smiles Celeste, “Most people have a golf cart to get around, so there’s very little traffic, and I love the peace and quiet.”

Looking to retire within the next five years, both Jim and Celeste wanted a home where they could age in place, but they weren’t interested in the 55+ set up. “Considering our age, it was high on our priority list to be close to first-class medical facilities, but we didn’t want to be in a retirement community. I love the fact that kids are playing in the neighborhood and that there are people of all ages living around us. It keeps me young!” says Celeste.

The Great Escape

The Whirts chose to custom build their ideal home in a part of the community called The Reserve that prides itself on acres of stately hardwood trees and shaded ponds. Having relocated from just outside of Atlanta, Jim and Celeste were excited to soak up the tranquility of a more natural setting.

“It’s so beautiful here, and I like the more relaxed pace. Especially as I am still so close to great shopping and all the night life of Savannah,” says Celeste.

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Hartness, a New South Carolina Community

Hartness, a New South Carolina Community

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Hartness | Greenville, SC

Hartness, a new Upstate South Carolina community in Greenville, has been master-planned to be one of the Southeast’s most exciting Traditional Neighborhood Developments. A Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is a community that is centered on the interconnectivity of its residents. Every element is carefully crafted with attention to detail. TND communities are rich with benefits such as walkable spaces with uninterrupted sidewalks, creating an environment that is perfect for a stroll with the dog or a short walk to visit a neighbor. TNDs also feature beautiful greenspaces such as Hartness’ Grand Lawn, relaxing hiking trails and a Village Center for community gatherings, shopping, and dining.

The prominent local family creating this unique residential destination went even further, though, dedicating more than 40% of the community footprint to a 180-acre nature preserve, common-area creeks and ponds and a central park for farmer’s markets and open-air events. All are linked by more than 15 miles of groomed hiking and biking trails.

Featuring classic architectural styles, ownership options in Hartness range from manor homes and large estates to townhomes and smaller cottage residences. Model homes are open for viewing as are the initial neighborhood clubhouse with pool and fitness facilities. An even larger amenity center—including an aquatic complex, wellness center with spa and tennis/pickleball courts—will be added beginning later this year.
The Upstate’s top-rated medical centers are just minutes from the Hartness entrance, as is vibrant downtown Greenville. Even closer is GSP International Airport, with direct connections to most major East Coast cities.

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Majestic Lifestyle Builders Wins Gold and Silver OBIES!

Majestic Lifestyle Builders Wins Gold and Silver OBIES!

MAJESTIC LIFESTYLE BUILDERS WINS GOLD & SILVER OBIES FOR ACTIVE ADULT HOMES AT LAKE ARROWHEAD

Lake Arrow Head

Gold Obie Winner – Highlands Vista

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association congratulates Majestic Lifestyle Builders for winning a Gold and Silver OBIE in the Single Family Builder – Detached (Builds 26-100 Homes/Year) $300,000 to $399,999 category for custom golf front and mountainside homes at Lake Arrowhead in Waleska. Presented by the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council, the OBIE Awards are the premier awards given in the Atlanta new home construction industry.

The charming curb appeal of these homes at Lake Arrowhead in Waleska beckons a visit inside. The balance of
materials, both rustic and paint grade are well orchestrated in these golf front and mountainside retreats. The
thoughtful designs utilize every inch of square footage to provide for exceptionally well thought-out spacious livable plans. These homes are full of custom details that make them a one-of-a-kind design. The openness of the interiors spills onto the covered verandas and illustrates the careful placement of windows that truly maximize the great hardwoods and classic long golf fairway and mountain views.

The oversized pantries provide for exceptional storage, as does the spacious walk-in closets and oversized garage.

The vestibule entry for the owner’s retreat offers a distinct private gateway to the owner’s suite. The master bath
boasts of careful details and finishes that mimic a spa-like experience. The use of rough sawn cedar accentuates the craftsmanship found at every corner of these homes.

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Gold Obie Winner – Sanctuary Cove

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association congratulates Majestic Lifestyle Builders on winning a Gold and Silver OBIE in the Single Family Builder – Detached (builds 26-100) $600,000 to $699,999 award category for lakefront cottage retreats at Lake Arrowhead. Presented by the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council, the OBIE Awards are the premier awards given in the Atlanta new home construction industry.

These stunning lakefront cottage retreats offer deep water dock access on the pristine waters of Lake Arrowhead. These true ranch homes showcase 3 bedrooms on the main floor with private baths and walk-in closets. The gourmet kitchen and banquet-sized dining rooms provide for the perfect family gatherings for long weekends or longer summer month stays. Access to the “great outdoors” off the oversized covered verandas offer majestic long lake views to be enjoyed while sipping wine and reading a good book as the sun sets in the west with a brilliant sherbet sky.

The charming curb appeal of these homes with their rocking chair front porch demands a visit inside. The balance of material both rustic and paint grade are well orchestrated in these lakeside retreats. The thoughtful space planning utilizes every inch of square footage and provides for an exceptionally well thought out spacious livable plans. The openness of the interior of the homes spill out onto the covered veranda that illustrates the careful placement of windows to maximize the views of the Lake and Mountainside. The oversized pantry provides for exceptional storage as does the spacious walk in closets and the oversized garage. The vestibule entry for the Owners Retreat offers a distinct private gateway to the Owners Suite. The Owners Bath offers finishes and careful details that mimic a spa like experience. The use of rustic reclaimed wood and rough-sawn cedar accentuate the craftsmanship found at every corner of these homes and are a homeowners lake home dream come true.

For more information, visit www.lakearrowheadga.com or call 770-720-2700.

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s OBIE Awards celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2018. The awards began in 1980 and have grown throughout the years to include more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The OBIE Awards are named after the obelisk shape of the actual award given.

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The Best of Beaufort, SC

The Best of Beaufort, SC

Beaufort is South Carolina’s second-oldest city after Charleston

Chartered in 1711, historic Beaufort is South Carolina’s second-oldest city after Charleston.
But it’s really more accurate to call Beaufort a small waterfront town of about 15,000 residents where history is alive and well-preserved.

In fact, the entire 300-acre downtown area has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and the immediate area is home to nearly 70 additional National Historic Sites.

So it’s not surprising that Beaufort has been rediscovered in the 21st century as a popular vacation and retirement destination. The restaurants, shops, art galleries, and museums on downtown Bay Street are a stroller’s delight, and the adjacent Henry Chambers Waterfront Park hosts a year-round calendar of community events where locals and visitors alike celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the seasons.

Among the retirees who have long known about Beaufort‘s appeal are military veterans, many introduced to the area while stationed at the nearby U.S. Marine Corp’s Parris Island training depot or the MC Air Station Beaufort. The U.S. Naval Hospital Beaufort tops an impressive list of local medical facilities that serve veterans and civilian retirees.

With a semi-tropical low-country climate and community retirement amenities like the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center, Southern Living magazine named Beaufort as the nation’s “Best Small Southern Town,” and Coastal Living Magazine found it to be the “Happiest Seaside Town in America.”

DATE NIGHT (with or without the grandkids)

Highway 21 Drive In
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The Highway 21 Drive In presents double-feature movies on each of the two giant screens every Highway 21 Drive In Beaufort, South CarolinaThursday-Sunday nights. One offers popular films for kids, while the other has current releases for adults. All are shown in state-of-the-art digital format and can be previewed at the theater website, along with coming attractions and special events. The concession stand has burgers, corn dogs, and all of your favorite movie treats. Located just five miles north of downtown Beaufort on Highway 21.

DAY TRIPS

Beaufort’s strategic location in the heart of the Lowcountry makes for easy day trips to Charleston, Savannah, and Hilton Head Island, or you can check out these local destinations:

Hunting Island State Park
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Hunting Island is “Beaufort’s Beach,” a 5,000-acre state park with five miles of oceanfront, 11 hiking/biking trails of various lengths, educational programs and events, a fishing pier, 102 campsites with water/electrical hookups and WiFi, and the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse, where visitors can climb 167 steps to the top for panoramic seaside views.

Tanger Outlet Center
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Located in nearby Bluffton, just off of Highway 278 on the way to Hilton Head Island, the Tanger Outlet is the region’s largest outlet mall with more than 85 name-brand stores that feature discount deals on adult and children’s clothing, footwear, housewares, jewelry, specialty items, and more. On-site restaurants include Olive Garden, Panera Bread, and Robert Irvine’s Nosh. Open seven days a week.

BEST CULTURAL SITES

Pat Conroy Literary Center
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Established in 2016 by family and friends of the late author, the Pat Conroy Literary Center is home to a museum with unique exhibits and a tribute film honoring the life and works of the acclaimed writer who made Beaufort his home. It’s also a learning center that preserves his legacy with writers’ workshops, reading groups, and the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, plus community-outreach literacy efforts. Open to the public on Friday-Sunday afternoons.

People dining outside a restaurant in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, SC USA

Santa Elena History Center
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Located on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort, the Santa Elena History Center presents exhibits that showcase the region’s 16th-century European exploration and settlement. The focus is archeological evidence from nearby Parris Island, the French site of Charlesfort (1562) and the Spanish town of Santa Elena (1566), established prior to the founding of St. Augustine in Florida. Video presentations, 3-D scale models, and live interpretations in period costumes, plus a children’s interactive area, for history lovers of all ages.

USCB Center for the Arts
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The University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts has been the area’s cultural hub for more than 30 years. Home to the Beaufort Theatre Company, Beaufort Children’s Theater and USCB Chamber Music Series, the center offers a year-round calendar of art exhibits, stage performances, musical concerts, independent films, and special presentations like the Met Opera Live in HD. The website has ticket information for upcoming events.

ANNUAL EVENTS

February 19-24, 2019
Beaufort International Film Festival
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Now in its 13th year, the Beaufort Film Society and USCB Center for the Arts host this week-long tribute to the art of filmmaking in the town where classics like “The Big Chill” and “The Great Santini” were made. Juried awards are given for the best American and foreign independent films, plus animations, long and short features, documentaries, and screenplays. Proceeds benefit local arts programs and charities.

April 27-28, 2019
MCAS Beaufort Air Show
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The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort hosts one of the nation’s largest air shows every spring. On the ground are historic aircraft exhibitions and educational presentations, but the real action is in the air: the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels head the list of performers that range from aerobatic stunt planes to breathtaking overflights by the military’s latest combat jets.

May 3-4, 2019
Taste of Beaufort Music, Arts & Seafood Festival
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A perfect sampler of the Beaufort lowcountry lifestyle, this free-admission weekend event at Chambers Waterfront Park includes a 5K bridge run/walk and kids’ fun run, handmade treasures at the arts & crafts fair, evening music concerts, and dozens of participating local restaurants offering their seafood specialties.

July 12-21, 2019
Beaufort Water Festival
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A Lowcountry tradition since 1956, the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival will be a 10-day celebration of local food, fun and cultural heritage. Most of the free events are held at the downtown Chambers Waterfront Park, including a huge Arts & Crafts Market on the promenade. Family-friendly activities include fishing, badminton and bocce tournaments, boat tours, raft races and water-skiing exhibitions, live music concerts and dances, and fresh local cuisine, all climaxing with the Commodore’s Ball, Blessing of the Fleet, and Parade of Boats.

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BEST COMMUNITIES

CELADON
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Celadon is a masterplanned community on Lady’s Island with a focus on the wellness lifestyle for its residents. Located just a short drive from downtown Beaufort, the manicured neighborhood walking trails/bike paths meander around three freshwater ponds, and there’s a Jr. Olympic-size swimming pool for aquatic exercise and relaxation. Celadon Club amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa with tailored workout programs, steam rooms, massage therapy, and nutrition planning. Move-in ready homes, homesites with pre-approved plans, and customizable designs from preferred builders are available.

CITY WALK
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Designed for just 49 single-family homes in a natural and intimate Battery Creek setting, City Walk’s name rings true: The stylish new community is literally located within walking distance of the restaurants, shops, offices, and attractions of historic downtown Beaufort. Equally appreciated by resident hikers and bikers is the convenient access to the awesome 10-mile-long (and growing) Spanish Moss Trail. Neighborhood gatherings are regular events to share sunsets and refreshments at the private waterfront park. Customizable floor plans feature large lowcountry porches and first-floor master suites, with new homes by preferred builders that start in the low $400,000s.

COOSAW POINT
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Set along the pristine Coosaw River on Lady’s Island, the Coosaw Point residential community features gracious lowcountry-style homes in three distinctive neighborhoods with parks that are connected by walking trails. The River Club offers a pool and fitness facilities, as well as a large recreation room for community meetings and private parties. The lighted tennis and pickleball courts are located in the main interior park, while CP’s Crab Shack hosts family gatherings and oyster roasts. Residents also enjoy use of a private floating dock for kayak launching, plus a nearby public ramp for larger craft.

DATAW ISLAND CLUB
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With an established residential community in one of the lowcountry’s most picturesque locations, Dataw Island Club offers amenities that are second to none. Both of the club’s championship golf courses—Tom Fazio’s Cotton Dike and Arthur Hills’ Morgan River—are award-winning designs that have been recently renovated, while the Dataw Tennis Center was honored in 2017 by the U.S. Tennis Association as one of the top four private facilities in the entire nation. With complete fitness facilities and scores of active social clubs, Dataw was named by Real Estate Scorecard the winner of its 2017 Bliss Award as “South Carolina Community of the Year.”

PINCKNEY RETREAT
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Located just 10 minutes from downtown Beaufort, Pinckney Retreat is a gated waterfront community planned for 77 choice homesites on the scenic grounds of an antebellum plantation. The Retreat House, originally built in 1763 and beautifully restored with contemporary conveniences, is a hub of community social life. Additional amenities include a pool, covered outdoor dining area with fireplace and grill, covered pier for fishing and crabbing, day dock for kayaks and canoes, and marshside walking trails. Waterfront homes are available from the low $600,000s, with a limited number of home sites on Battery Creek remaining.

CALLAWASSIE ISLAND
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Callawassie Island is located midway between Beaufort and Bluffton in a certified Community Wildlife Habitat that combines the serenity of a nature preserve with the finest lowcountry lifestyle amenities. Kayaks and fishing boats can be launched on the surrounding tidal creeks from four convenient community docks, while Callawassie Island Club members also enjoy year-round golf on the 27-hole course by Tom Fazio, a brand-new fitness center and two clubhouses with pools, tennis courts, and dining rooms. Spacious single-family homes in neighborhoods shaded by moss-draped oaks and choice waterfront home sites are available.

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