About a mile off the shores of Hilton Head Island, across the Calibogue Sound, sits Daufuskie Island. This small South Carolina sea island isn’t accessible by bridge- only by boat; and it is rich with natural beauty, history, culture and cuisine.
Visiting here is a must. However…
I want to talk with you about visiting a distinct region of the Daufuskie Island called Haig Point Club and Community. Haig Point is the island’s only private community. Here you’ll find a world of special amenities, but also a “feeling” … a lifestyle… that is not available anywhere else in the world. You have to experience it for yourself.
ARRIVING AT HAIG POINT
For our family, the fun started the moment we left the embarkation center on Hilton Head. As I mentioned, the only way to Daufuskie Island is by boat. There is a public water taxi, but members and guests of Haig Point enjoy a 30 minute private ferry ride across the sound and intracoastal waterway to the Northern-most point of the island.
Haig Point handled transfer of our bags from the ferry to our rental home while we sauntered the sidewalk to Strachan Mansion, the central hub of Haig Point.
This gorgeous home was built on St Simon’s Island in 1910 and was transferred to Haig Point by barge about 70 years later to serve the community. Be sure to see the barge transfer photos inside.
Here you will check into your accommodations, which may include the mansion itself, the Harbour Town Lighthouse, or one of a number of gorgeous rental properties (more on that later.)
You’ll also pick up a golf cart for traversing the island. There are no gas cars (save a periodic construction vehicle) and everyone – on and off Haig Point – gets around by golf cart, bike, or foot.
From there, we headed to our temporary home to unpack and start our adventure.
YES, THERE IS GOLF AT HAIG POINT
If you’ve heard of Haig Point, chances are it’s been in the context of golfing – and with good reason.
The Signature Course, designed by Rees Jones has appeared in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses and Best in State, and has earned a coveted position in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 in the World. Be sure to read about holes 19 and 20. Yes, you read that right – and it’s not the Clubhouse.
Additionally, the Osprey Course is a 9-hole family-friendly golf community option and is ideal for a practice round or teaching the kids.
But let’s dive deeper…for the entire family.
THERE’S EVEN MORE TO DO
We spent our first few hours at the equestrian center, meeting the horses. Members of Haig Point can board their own horses and/or have them groomed.
Members and guests can also take riding lessons, or explore the island via the trails. Riding on the beach is a very popular activity. Just be mindful when you visit that beach rides are not available during turtle nesting season (when we visited.)
In the evening the boys took a dip in the pool at the Beach Club, and we spent the evening on the club deck listening to live music and noshing on quick and easy beach eats, with gorgeous water views.
During the summer months, there is a little more action in the pool area, and the food and beverage service spread beyond the deck to include entire pool and recreation area, the beach and fire pit, and more.
Another restaurant in Haig Point is the Calibogue Club, offering fine dining with impeccable options. I had the evening special: crab and potato encrusted trout, which was perfection on a plate. Dan loved his filet mignon, and the boys ate every bite of their hamburger and pasta marinara.
The Club’s General Manager retains the member-favorites on the menu year round, but changes up the bulk of the options quarterly to reflect what is in season. Additionally, nightly specials (like my trout) mean that you could dine here regularly and never eat the same thing twice.
While we were visiting, the weather was not super cooperative, but other options for fun during our stay included bike riding along the “beach road” and boardwalks, tennis, fishing, bocce, beach combing, crabbing, watersports, and more.
We did enjoy taking the golf cart around to visit the lighthouse, grab a treat at the General Store, ogle over the sensational homes, and take in the Spanish moss covered oaks overlooking the water.
It’s also easy to enter and exit the community with an access code, and we spent much of one day exploring the rest of Daufuskie Island – learning about the history, visiting the many artists who live here, dipping our toes in the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoying restaurants in the area.
CARE TO VISIT?
There are about 250 homes on Haig Point. Many of them are being rented out by families who only live on-island for a few months a year. Others house families that live on the Point full time…and still others find the island to be a rich and rewarding retirement community that offers an ideal setting for their visiting children and grandchildren.
If Haig Point sounds like the type of place you’d like to call home, I highly recommend contacting the real estate office. I can only imagine a childhood where the neighbors all know each other and watch out for one another…an equestrian center offering that perfect summer job… young ones riding bikes from crabbing cage to crabbing cage without the fear of cars or traffic.
However, not everyone is ready or able to pack up and leave for a remote island (despite high-speed fiber internet), but they still want to escape to paradise for a few weeks a year.
If that’s you, you could purchase a home here and rent it for the months you are not on-island. Haig Point manages the entire rental process for you, and most of the homes stay booked 100% of the time they are available.
Another option – one that is ideal for Atlanta residents in particular – is the National Membership. For an annual fee, you enjoy Haig Point’s amenities for 30 days per year. That includes golf, tennis, club food and beverage, ferry service, special lodging rates and Embarkation Center parking.
Lodging options include the mansion, the lighthouse, or one of the many homes on the island. We stayed in a gorgeous 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom two story. It included a large chef’s kitchen, fireplace, entertaining and wet bar area, garage for our golf cart, full dining room, outdoor fireplace and portico, full laundry, and more.
There are rental options smaller than ours, or larger. You can select from views of the water or properties on the golf course. Many come with golf carts, but be sure to ask.
You don’t have to spend your 30 days consecutively. You could take 2 2-week vacations here a year…or maybe 3 weeks in summer and a week at Christmas. You’re in control.
HAIG POINT DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE
Even just the National Membership is a hefty commitment to make site unseen, so there are two ways you can try the Haig Point Lifestyle before making a decision.
The most popular is the Haig Point Discovery Experience option for $699 per couple. Visit the community for three days/two nights like we did. You’ll stay at the Strachan Mansion or the Lighthouse (based on availability) while you get a feel for the community and meet some of the members.
Your stay also includes the private ferry transfer, safe parking in the membership parking area, breakfast and lunch at the Clubhouse, and a dinner at the Calibogue Club. You’ll also be given a tour of the community from a sales manager and another member, so you can ask as many questions as necessary.
Finally, if you want to dip your toes in without a tour then consider the Stay and Play Package. It starts at $250/person/night and includes parking and ferry service, either a round of golf or a trail ride, and access to all the amenities (The Calibogue and Beach Club, Clubhouse, Tennis and Fitness Centers, Equestrian Center, Community Center, Dock and Private Beach).
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO SOUTH CAROLINA
- YOUR SOUTH CAROLINA VACATION
- BEAUFORT: 29 THINGS TO DO IN BEAUFORT SC FOR A PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY
- GREENVILLE: 29+ THINGS TO DO IN GREENVILLE SC FOR FAMILIES
- THE BEACH: 17 ALLURING SOUTH CAROLINA BEACHES BEGGING YOU TO VISIT
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