Golf Course Living in South Carolina

Palm trees, breezy beaches, umbrella-adorned beverages and more golf than you can shake a 9 iron at –this is a fantasy shared by many as they close their eyes and envision their ideal retirement. While the first dream destinations that might come to mind are the usual suspects, California, Hawaii, Florida, you might be surprised to find that, with its southern hospitality and charm, rich history and spectacular golf courses, South Carolina has all of that beachfront beauty and so much more.


Here the weather is warm and the personalities are warmer, and with the wealth of golf communities in South Carolina you’re bound to find your tribe out on the links. So let’s take a closer look at the Palmetto State and some of the prime golfing opportunities that await, as well as explore the benefits of an active retirement at the excellent retirement communities in South Carolina.


Top South Carolina Golf Courses

Over 350 golf courses, including three of Links Magazine’s “Top 10 Golf Islands in the Word,” call South Carolina home. The extensive coastline, subtropical climate, and far-reaching history of the South Carolina golf communities make the state one of the premier destinations for retiring golf enthusiasts.


 With so many courses and golf communities in South Carolina, the amount of choice can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a couple of our favorites to help get you started on your journey to greatness on the green.


If you’re looking to put in the hours necessary to cut down your handicap, you’ll want to consider setting up camp near a quality, easily accessible course in one of the great golf retirement communities in South Carolina. With that in mind, let’s take a peak at a phenomenal, easily accessible public course near one of the prime retirement communities in South Carolina where you can hone your skills with minimal hassle.


Summerville Country Club

Just a short drive or bike ride from the Del Webb Charlston at Nexton Community, Summerville Country Club provides a comfortable, inviting community for golfers of all experience levels. The course was originally opened in the 1920’s (though it has since been updated) to serve residents and visitors to the area, many of whom had relocated to Summerville to capitalize on its reputation as a healing center. The shade of pine trees as well as the cooling sea breeze provided made the town a haven for those looking for relaxation, rejuvenation and a respite from the summer heat.


Easily walkable due to it’s 1920s origins, the course features four sets of tees, ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 yards that provide a challenging but not overwhelming outing for newer golfers and an invigorating workout for more experienced linksmen or linkswomen.


The Club is also known for its exceptionally friendly staff and the owner is very involved in curating a welcoming, community vibe, so won’t go wrong making Summerville Country Club, or one of Del Webb’s 55+ communities in Summerville, your home away from home.


Hilton Head Island

The pinnacle of South Carolina golf communities, Hilton Head Island is a mecca for fans of the sport, boasting over 30 golf courses and hosting the annual RBC Heritage PGA Tour event.


Life-long golfers looking to put their experience to the test can take on the notoriously difficult, Pete Dye- designed Colleton River Plantation. With a rating of 76.1, this marathon of a course spans a whopping 7,365 yards. The trick here is to be on top of your short-game, as the course’s tiny greens leave little room for error.

For a more moderate (though no less invigorating) day on the green, Sea Pines Resort’s Atlantic Dunes is a reconstruction of one of the early, historic courses on the island and winner of the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of the Year” award. Situated along a stunning beachfront, a round on this course is the perfect excuse to soak up the island’s natural beauty.


If you’re looking for some more hands-on help with your golf game or want to get the grandkids up to speed and ready to join you at tee-time, the island’s golf schools provide expert instruction to golfers and golfers-to-be of all ages. Settling into a 55+ community in Hilton Head means you can enjoy world-class golf all year round.


Golf Communities in South Carolina

When it comes to retirement communities in South Carolina, no matter where you end up, you’re bound to find a friend and a fairway. In Myrtle Beach, you can find a low-maintenance resort-style active community at Grande Dunes with easy access to links on the beach at Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Charleston is an expanding, thriving coastal city neighboring the Del Webb Charleston at Nexton community and the world-renowned Kiawah Resort. If you’ve got your sights on the PGA action at Hilton Head, check out Sun City Hilton Head.


If you’re ready to retire and looking to fill your calendar with tee-times, happy hours and weekends on the beach, pack up your clubs and find yourself a home in one of the many great retirement communities in South Carolina.



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Published 10.26.21  

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