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Great sports: Outdoor activities the Lowcountry does well

The Lowcountry is a great place for sports – not only for our great year-round weather but also for the numerous amenities our community has to offer. While we’re renowned for our beaches, we also boast an active sports community. Here are five sports we do particularly well.

Hilton Head Fishing
CATCH OF THE DAY: (from left) Alan Boatwright, “Off Season Santa” and Scott Sexon proudly display a couple of whoppers caught in local waters.

Get hooked


The Lowcountry is a paradise for fish, thanks to our healthy ecosystem. Local waters offer some of South Carolina’s best fishing. In the freshwater, you’ll find bass, panfish and catfish. Where freshwater enters the tidal area, you’ll see snook, jack and tarpon. In saltwater, snapper, mackerel, sea trout, grouper and drum are plentiful. Port Royal Sound, the body of water between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort, is one of the most productive cobia spawning grounds on the East Coast. The run starts in mid-April and runs well into the summer, drawing anglers from all over the country.

Tennis - Hilton Head Island SCOrder on the courts


Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are one of the country’s top tennis destinations, featuring more than 500 tennis courts and eight of the top 100 tennis resorts and camps in the world. Thanks to our mild climate, tennis is a year-round activity here. Famed tennis player Stan Smith put local tennis on the map when he joined The Sea Pines Resort as a touring pro in 1971. In 2002, he and renowned tennis coach Billy Stearns opened Smith Stearns Academy. Legendary tennis coach Dennis Van Der Meer launched his tennis center here in the 1970s. Both academies continue to draw top players from all over the world.

Hilton Head Island GolfMay the course be with you


Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are known for having world-class golf courses and facilities. To serious traveling golfers, just the name Hilton Head conjures up images of perfectly manicured fairways framed by natural marshes, streams, ponds and inlets connected to the Atlantic Ocean. Many local communities were built around courses designed by golf legends such as Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills. Many locals benefit from both beautiful scenery and the privacy that comes with private golf community living.

Hilton Head SC EquestrianTrot on


Many plantations in the Lowcountry have equestrian centers, including Oldfield, Spring Island, Haig Point, Moss Creek, Sea Pines, Rose Dhu, Rose Hill and Palmetto Bluff. Other great hangouts for horse lovers are Driftwood Stable on Hilton Head and Plantation Stables in Beaufort. Most facilities offer boarding, training and riding, and many host camps and other special events. Many also have access to beautiful riding trails through sweeping Lowcountry vistas.

Hilton Head Cycling - ARNO DIMMLING
Photo by Arno Dimmling

Enjoy the ride


Hilton Head Island is the only “Gold Award” bike friendly community in South Carolina and is listed among the League of American Bicyclists’ top 25 bike friendly communities in the United States. Since 2010, the town has spent more than $1 million on 112 miles of bike trails islandwide. We have many cycling fundraisers and major events each year, and are home to numerous clubs and groups of serious cyclists that dress the part and travel high-speed in packs. We even have a Bicycle Ambassadors Program, which patrols the island’s bike pathways to promote safety and help riders.

Funny sports terms

Sports are full of bizarre terminology and phrases. Here are a few unintentionally humorous things you may hear in the field of play.

“Can of Corn”

Outside of sports: A container filled with a non-perishable grain. We like Del Monte whole kernel the best.

In sports: An easy-to-catch pop fly in baseball.

“Frozen Rope”

Outside of sports: An extremely cold piece of twine.

In sports: A hard line drive in baseball, hit directly to the outfield by the batter.

“Catch a Crab”

Outside of sports: Using traps to bait and catch crustaceans for commercial or recreational use.

In sports: In rowing, an oar is removed from the water and flipped parallel with the water, preparing for the next stroke.

“Flea Flicker”

Outside of sports: A person of low social standing with a humiliating profession.

In sports: A football is handed off or lateraled and then thrown for a pass down the field.


Outside of sports: A very useful spice used to flavor many kinds of baked goods.

In sports: A soccer player kicks the ball between an opponent’s legs, making them look foolish.

“Golden Sombrero”

Outside of sports: A very special and expensive wide-brimmed hat from Mexico.

In sports: A baseball player strikes out four times in a game.


Outside of sports: A caveman character and video game series.

In sports: A runner hits the proverbial wall, running out of energy.


Outside of sports: Both a utensil and a cool band from Austin, Texas.

In sports: Slang for a lacrosse stick.