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February Porchin’: Cross your Heart & Hope to Dye

“We just love our life here.”

Photography by Lisa Staff

With its grand exterior staircase, white columns, brick arches and 18-foot-wide veranda accessed through French doors, the Dye Clubhouse at Colleton River Club is charmingly reminiscent of a Southern plantation home. Its wraparound porches offer stunning views of the Chechessee River, Port Royal Sound and Pete Dye’s championship golf course. Ancient live oaks and native seabirds add to the awe-inspiring beauty.

“We just love our life here,” Marsha Conover said.

Marsha and her husband, John, lived in the Midwest most of their lives. Both love to play golf and dreamed of one day retiring to a private golf community. They made it a reality three years ago, purchasing a Colleton River home.

“We drove in and knew right away this was it,” Marsha said. “It had so much natural beauty and two world-class golf courses. The biggest surprise was how easy it is to make friends. It is a very welcoming community.”

The Conovers were among eight club members that recently gathered at the Dye Clubhouse for an impromptu porch party. The friends munched on a charcuterie board with house-smoked turkey, chorizo, pickles and bread, while taking sips of Woodford Reserve Manhattans.

“There are so many activities here besides golf,” Marsha said. “You can be as busy and social as you want to be.”

The porch is a frequent location for club events as well as unplanned member gatherings and conversations coming off the course. Only a few hundred families call Colleton River home. Built on 1,500 acres, the private residential haven is surrounded on three sides by water and enjoys seven miles of shoreline. Many of the golf scenes from Robert Redford’s “The Legend of Bagger Vance” were filmed there.

We close this “Before the Bridge” issue with an old school cocktail recipe, made with a bourbon that traces its roots back to 1812. Sip, reminisce and repeat.

Woodford Reserve Manhattan

2 1/2 ounces Woodford Reserve
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 to 3 dashes aromatic bitters
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Lemon peel, for garnish

Directions [1] Fill a cocktail glass to the brim with ice so it chills. [2] Add whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters to a shaker or glass with a few ice cubes and shake gently. [3] Discard ice from martini glass then strain Manhattan into the chilled glass. Garnish with a cherry and lemon peel.