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Get to Know: Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head

Hilton Head Island’s Sea Pines Resort is a master-planned community located on the southernmost tip (otherwise known as the “toe” of the “shoe”) of the island. It is not only the first planned unit development, or PUD, on the island, but is actually the first of its kind anywhere. Best known around the world for its annual role as the backdrop of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Sea Pines is home to much more than world-class golf.

Much, much more.

Beaches

Also known as Sea Pines Beach (this is what you will find on most mapping apps), South Beach offers residents and guests everything one could want for a day at the beach. Stretching the length of Sea Pines itself, this section of Hilton Head Island’s world-famous beachfront is gorgeous, and invites visitors to enjoy spectacular sunsets as you make your way around the southern tip of the island.

Sea Pines Beach on Hilton Head Island.

The Sea Pines beach collection also includes Tower Beach. This private, residents-only beach offers residents a respite from the higher energy of more public beaches. While there are several more “local” beaches along our coastline, Tower Beach is among the only options with truly private access.

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Dining and Shopping

While you could easily spend your entire trip soaking up the sun, the beach isn’t the only thing to explore behind the Sea Pines gates. The community offers residents and guests plenty of choices for great dining (both fine and casual), shopping, and most any convenience one could want without ever leaving the neighborhood.

The Shops at Sea Pines Center is a draw not only for visitors, but residents from all over the island. Enjoy a coffee or gelato at C’est Bon, brunch at Lowcountry Produce (and be sure to browse the shop!), lunch or dinner at Truffles Café, or fuel up with some Italian comfort food from Giuseppi’s before taking a stroll around the shops. You’ll find great selections of clothing, shoes, jewelry, art… even a full service spa.

Harbour Town — don’t forget the “u” — is a destination unto itself. Home to the iconic red and white striped lighthouse (often the first thing people mention when Hilton Head comes up in conversation), Harbour Town offers a fun, vibrant collection of shops, restaurants and experiences. It’s the home of boating community darling Harbour Town Marina, and also houses The Inn & Club at Harbour Town. The Inn is ranked the #1 luxury resort on Hilton Head, and is among the top 10 hotels in the United States (2021) by US News & World Report. Even if you’re not staying at the Inn, you can still enjoy a wonderful meal there — we highly recommend it!

The Beach Club is an exceptionally beautiful place, offering beach access, shops, and excellent food and drinks with a stunning beachfront backdrop. We particularly enjoy sitting at the rooftop deck with our cocktails as strings of pelicans pass by and the ocean waves fill the air with their salty mist and soothing sounds.

View of the beach and Atlantic Ocean from Sea Pines Beach Club.

Lands End is an area that is home to the world-famous Salty Dog Cafe and t-shirt factory store, great tennis, as well as South Beach Marina Village. Grab a cold drink and stroll down the pier and turn around for “quaint fishing town” vibes. Leaving from the marina takes you to the Calibogue Sound; the calm waters at this inlet offer the perfect HQ for Island Water Sports. We love Lands End for its beautiful scenery and laid-back vibe, and often make a stop here when in the neighborhood (in other words: we’re here a lot).

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Lawton Stables

Perhaps a lesser-known element of the Sea Pines lifestyle is the fact that it is home to a terrific equestrian program. Lawton Stables is home to some of our area’s gorgeous equine residents, and offers fun activities like trail rides, a small animal farm, and a gift shop. For the those looking to board, Lawton offers this service, as well.

Golf

Likely the best-known element of Sea Pines — other than the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse — is its world-class golf. With three publicly-playable championship courses from which to choose, you’ll never run out of tough shots or stunning views.

18th Hole of Harbour Town Golf Links.

As we mentioned, the RBC Heritage tournament is held in Sea Pines every April along the Harbour Town Golf Links, and truly is the island’s biggest party. Attracting both golfers and non-golfers from around the world, the week of Heritage is a blast for anyone who attends. Food, drinks, sunshine, and a true walk in the park with a thousand of your closest friends… what could be better?

Among Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” Pete Dye’s Heron Point course is not to be missed. With renovations personally overseen by Dye himself in 2014, playing this course is a must-do experience.

The world-class golf lineup also includes Davis Love III’s Atlantic Dunes course, a complete reconstruction of the historic Ocean Course (the island’s very first golf course). Teeing off here is an opportunity to play through history with one of the most beautiful backdrops around. Both Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point are served by the exceptional Plantation Golf Club.

Sea Pines Plantation Golf Club.

For those desiring a more private experience, the Sea Pines Country Club offers its own 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed course. Membership in this exclusive club offers an array of experiences, including tennis, dining, fitness, several pools, and much more.

Explore

For the history buffs and those with an adventurous spirit: Don’t miss the Stoney-Baynard Ruins. This site houses the tabby remnants of the Baynard estate, a once-grand antebellum home built by Captain Jack Stoney in the 1790s. Any peek into the history of our island will include the Captain somewhere… he was quite a character.

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is another beautiful place to explore and enjoy the quintessential natural surroundings that characterize the Lowcountry. Explore the trails and boardwalks, and bask in the flora and fauna all around you. This is a particularly beautiful place to get lost… so bring a picnic, and immerse yourself for as long as you wish.

Living Here

Thinking of making Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island home? You might be surprised to know that there is a significant number of people who call Sea Pines home year-round. But whether you wish to be here all year, or only sometimes, this world-famous island community has an array of wonderful choices for you.

As of the time of this article, single-family homes (that is, detached) in Sea Pines range from a very affordable $430,000 to $6.5M USD. As you might imagine, these values contain many variables, but the most impactful are proximity to the water (whether beach or the deep water homes of Calibogue Cay), architectural style and quality, and size. Proximity to the beach also carries a premium from an investment perspective, as this is one of the most important elements for short-term rental performance.

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Along with an array of single-family homes — 17 available at the time of this writing — Sea Pines also offers myriad villa (that’s what we locals call condos) choices, from oceanfront penthouses to 1-bedroom lofts.

Sea Pines is one of the best-known resort communities in the world for good reason. With its vast array of choices, its hosting of a major annual golf tournament (as well as additional events throughout the year), and an elevated yet laid-back lifestyle, it is the perfect choice for those seeking that intersection between energy and natural beauty. Residents also have access to a community garden through the Heritage Farm Association. And, of course, there is the beach.

For as long as this article is, there is so much more to know about this iconic slice of our Lowcountry paradise. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch. Until next time!

Cheers,

Daniella, Ric and the Elevé Team