This barrier island community blends laid-back coastal living with easy accessibility to the charms of Charleston, all while preserving the natural beauty of its surroundings
by Bob Dagley
Barrier islands, so called because they protect the mainland from storms and erosion, dot the Southeastern U.S. South Carolina is home to 35 of them many of which are well known to vacationers and golfers, including Hilton Head, Kiawah, Daufuskie, Isle of Palms, Folly, and Sullivan’s. Beyond their appeal for recreation, real estate, and relaxation, barrier islands are known for their beautiful beaches, sand dunes, important wildlife habitats, maritime forests, and wetlands.
Living on a barrier island requires paying close attention to and taking care of its natural assets. That’s a concept they understand well at Seabrook Island Club just off the coast of Charleston. Responsible planning and a deep commitment to preserving their significant natural assets is at the core of this private oceanfront community.
Just five minutes from Kiawah, Seabrook is home to almost three miles of unspoiled beaches and breeze-swept dunes. The club has worked hard to ensure its amenities blend seamlessly into the environment, beginning with a clubhouse perched gracefully above the Atlantic Ocean and North Edisto River.
They are particularly proud of their two challenging and strategically different Audubon-certified golf courses—Ocean Winds and Crooked Oaks—both set against a backdrop of ocean, marsh, and maritime forest. The routing of Ocean Winds, designed by Willard Byrd, takes you to the Atlantic Ocean where swirling breezes provide a challenging test. Crooked Oaks, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., winds through marsh, maritime forests, and moss-hung, century-old live oaks.
For a small island, the amenities are especially impressive. Outdoor dining, pools, and plenty of space for basking are available at the Beach Club. A 22-acre Equestrian Center includes 42 stalls, miles of trails, and one of the only beach rides on the East Coast. The Racquet Club, with 15 Har-Tru courts and two pickelball courts, is ranked a “Top 25 U.S. Resort” by Tennis Magazine, while The Lakehouse community center offers health and fitness facilities, plus indoor and outdoor pools.
This carefully designed community offers a diverse selection of homes, townhomes, and luxury villas for those who want to experience the joys of living on a barrier island. And with Charleston nearby, island life doesn’t mean giving up access to all the shopping, dining, and entertainment you desire.