Secession Golf Club

A glimpse into the Lowcountry’s most private golf clubs

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Story by Danielle Petty

Secession Golf Club

Situated among the marshes in Beaufort, this invite-only, all walking course was founded in 1986 and designed by Australian and former PGA Tour professional Bruce Devlin, whose goal was to capture the essence of the Lowcountry and classic golf spirit. Members can enjoy 18-holes routed along the tidal marshes and are guaranteed a “different” golf course almost every round because of the shifting winds and tides.

Congaree Golf Club

This private course near Ridgeland only opened in 2018 but has already built a strong reputation, hosting two PGA Tour events.

Beyond its stunning course, Congaree is dedicated to philanthropy, supporting youth through golf via the Congaree Foundation and Global Golf Initiative. Facilities include a historic schoolhouse-turned-teaching center, accommodations and youth support programs. Ambassadors are selected through referrals.

Club House Sand Trap - Congaree Golf Club
©Congaree Golf Club

Palmetto Bluff Golf Club 

Set in Palmetto Bluff, this club offers a Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole course and a new reversible 9-hole course designed by King-Collins, alongside access to extensive amenities including biking, equestrian, tennis, pools, fitness centers, a marina, dining, a shooting club and a bowling alley. The golf club opened in 2005 with the completion of the May River Golf Course. Members must own a property in Palmetto Bluff to join.

Palmetto Bluff Golf Club
©Palmetto Bluff

Cherokee Plantation

This private estate in Yemassee features an 18-hole Scottish links-style course, practice greens, a driving range and a pro staff. Its amenities include guest housing, dining, gardens, fishing, hunting, equestrian, fitness, tennis, spa facilities and a magnificent Georgian-style main house. Established as a sporting estate in 1930 and revamped in 1998, membership is exclusive to owners. 

Popular clubs

The Golf Club at Indigo Run stands out as a private haven for golf enthusiasts on Hilton Head Island. Designed by the renowned duo of Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II, the club is celebrated for its challenging yet fair 18-hole course that gracefully integrates with the Lowcountry’s natural landscape. The club not only prides itself on its exceptional golfing experience but also offers a range of amenities, including a grand clubhouse, tennis courts and a swimming pool, catering to members who appreciate luxury and leisure in a serene setting.

Country Club of Hilton Head is distinguished by its unique blend of traditional and contemporary club experiences. Situated within Hilton Head Plantation, this club features an impeccably maintained Rees Jones-designed golf course that offers both scenic beauty and challenges for golfers of all skill levels. Beyond golf, the club boasts a spacious clubhouse with dining options, fitness facilities, a large swimming pool and tennis courts, providing a comprehensive country club lifestyle. The club’s active social calendar and family-friendly atmosphere make it a vibrant community hub.

Sea Pines Country Club is known for its exclusive amenities and warm, welcoming membership community. The club’s championship golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Frank Duane, provides a scenic and strategic round for golfers. Additionally, the club features a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis facilities and an indoor and outdoor pool complex, along with dining venues that offer panoramic views of the Lowcountry. Its commitment to excellence extends to its environmental stewardship, with the club being recognized for its sustainable practices.

Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club and Crescent Pointe Golf Club are popular golf clubs in Bluffton that offer members unlimited golf, full-service practice facilities and social memberships.

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