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Haig Point Club There are no cars or crowds at this charming island community right across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, just terrific amenities, close friends, and good times


hen people talk about

husband, Holger, for eight years. “You just can’t wait

“getting away from it all,”

to get back over to this beautiful place.”

they’re typically referring

But just because residents are able to leave the has-

to leaving behind the hus-

sles of modern society behind doesn’t mean they leave

tle and bustle of everyday

life—the traffic, the noise, the crowds. And nowhere else do people get away from it all quite like they do at Haig Point. Located on 1,050 wooded acres on historic Daufuskie Island just north of Savannah, Georgia, Haig Point is an enchanting sea island community where everyone gets around by golf cart (boy, do kids have fun here riding their bikes everywhere with no parental worries about cars). One of its many charms is that it’s accessible only by a scenic, 30-minute private ferry ride from Hilton Head Island. “You get on that ferry after doing all your errands and there’s just this wonderful feeling of relief,” says Karen Opderbeck, who has lived at Haig with her

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ABOVE: Haig has miles of sand and marsh. BELOW: One of the 265 showcase homes

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toddlers’ pool. Also on the beach, the new Calibogue Club, just opened in 2009, is a casually elegant restaurant set right on the sound looking at Harbour Town and its iconic candy-striped lighthouse, which is reachable by an eight-minute water taxi. “What’s not to like?” asks Pat Dempsey, who moved to Haig Point from Southern California six years ago with her husband, Jack. “It’s such a unique lifestyle. You can do as much or as little as you want. I love getting around in a golf cart and enjoying nature, like watching the osprey family that nests right next to our house. It’s just so peaceful and serene.” ABOVE: The lack of cars and maritime forest make for an idyllic retreat.

modern luxuries behind, too. Haig Point has one of

One of the best things about Haig are the views of

Rees Jones’ best layouts, which he built in 1986 and

Calibogue Sound and the cooling breezes it provides.

updated in 2007. There’s also a very active tennis cen-

Residents love to stroll, jog, and bike along the gravel

ter with six Har-Tru courts, two of which are lighted

beach road that runs along the sound and the miles of

for evening play, a fitness center with adults-only lap

empty beach “The serenity and the sea life are inspir-

pool, equestrian center, championship croquet field,

ing,” says Frank Mackay, who first bought property

and beach club with both a large family pool and a

on Haig Point in 1992. Also adding to the serenity is

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The private ferry, private beach, tennis center, and Lowcountrystyle home.



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the solid financial footing of the club with virtually

tion to restoring all the green contours, Jones made the

no debt and all amenities fully completed.

layout more neo-classic by removing a lot of the mound-

As good as the facilities and locale are, it’s the

ing and turning the oval bunkers that were in vogue in

inclusive social life that really makes Haig special.

the ’80s into much more dramatic, sculpted ones.

Between the extensive club events and dinner parties

What makes the course unique are the alternate par

inside the graceful Lowcountry-style homes with their

3s on the 8th and 17th holes, which members play ei-

first- and second-story porches, the social calendar is

ther for variety’s sake or if they don’t want to take on

very full. More than a few spouses

the forced carries over the marsh of

have said to the other, “Can’t we just

the regular holes, which are perched

stay home tonight?” No man (or woman) is an island on this island. There’s just a special connection, an esprit de corps, among residents that doesn’t exist nearly as much on mainland communities. “If you’re going to live on an island with no

Haig Point Club Daufuskie Island, S.C. 29915 800.686.3441 PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,380 YEAR FOUNDED: 1986 ARCHITECT: Rees Jones

bridge, you’ll probably have a lot in common with the other people here,” says Rick Cohen, who’s been a member since 1994 and full-time resident


right on the sound. It’s hard to think of two more challenging or beautiful par 3s anywhere. (There’s also the nine-hole Osprey course Jones designed that is used by members, guests, and family looking for different views of Haig Point and a lesschallenging layout.) Residents never get tired of playing the course, just like they never get tired of living at Haig Point. After a

since 2003. “The sense of belonging

career running a huge company, an

happens almost immediately. The boat

executive constantly on the go, friends

ride is such an asset because you get to know everyone.” Of course, the immaculately maintained golf

told Cohen that there was no way he’d be able to retire, especially in a place as low-key as Haig. “I can tell

course—a challenging routing through moss-draped

you this, which is credit to where we live,” he says. “I

oaks and over salt marsh—is a pretty great place to

haven’t been bored for 30 seconds since we moved

make friends, too, particularly after its recent $5

here. There’s just so much going on. The only reason

million renovation that made it better than ever. In addi-

I leave the island is to get a haircut.”

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ABOVE: The tee shot of the 196-yard 17th is all carry over salt marsh usually into a stiff Calibogue breeze.



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The 200-yard 8th overlooks the sound.

HAIG POINT CLUB Daufuskie Island, S.C. 29915 800.686.3441

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