Daufuskie Island - Living on Island Time
Imagine living in a place where dolphins leap from the water out your front window and deer scamper across the golf course greens out your back window every single day.
At Haig Point — a private, gated community on Daufuskie Island —this is a reality.
The small South Carolina island is an oceanfront oasis made of mostly undeveloped conservancy land, known for its unpretentious car-free lifestyle off the coast of Hilton Head.
In recent years, the island community has attracted entrepreneurs and C-levels looking for an escape where they are able to work (thanks to high-speed internet and infrastructure upgrades) and where their kids can play freely.
Daufuskie Island is accessible only by ferry — everyone leaves their car behind. Members of Haig Point have access to their own ferry which operates 24 hours a day, and a golf cart awaits on the other side as the only means of transportation.
Once on the island, residents enjoy golf, tennis, horseback riding and a handful of island attractions and restaurants. With no hotel on the island and a population of just around 500, residents literally have the beach to themselves: more than 3 1/2 miles of white sand to watch the sunrise, let the kids and dogs run free and ride bikes (and horses) along the shoreline.
Daufuskie Island is a place where visitors turn off the outside world and enjoy the uncommercialized, natural oasis around them. The premier gated golf and equestrian community currently has 275 homes and 225 lots available. Homes within Haig Point are reflective of rich Low Country traditions, a mix of stately homes and quaint cottages gracefully carved into 1,000 wooded acres of Daufuskie Island. Selected woods and home finishes are indigenous to the area, bringing natural elements, historical relevance and modern convenience together for at ease island living.
Members enjoy several amenities from incredible dining to world class golf. The 20-hole Rees Jones Signature Course located in prestigious Haig Point features seven oceanfront tee boxes and greens. There are two variants making this GolfWeek Top 100 Residential Course both scenic and challenging with a 142-slope rating/par 72. You’ll catch views of the Calibogue Sound on the seven tee boxes or greens with oceanfront views.
Equine culture is apparent throughout the 5-mile-long island. Experienced riders may enjoy a brisk canter down the long stretch of white, sandy beaches or through the undeveloped land on the island that is rich with natural wildlife. The three-acre Equestrian Center at Haig Point features a 12-stall barn where residents can take lessons, ride or board their own horses.
Tennis, and now pickleball, at Haig Point are active, engaging and year-round. Clinics and private lessons in both racquet sports are held for every type of player, beginner to advanced. In addition, the six Har-Tru courts regularly host USTA-sanctioned adult and senior leagues, regional tournaments and professional exhibitions. The United States Tennis Association has granted the Haig Point Tennis Center its Outstanding Tennis Facility Award.
Several community-wide initiatives and events are offered throughout the year from fitness classes to wine & ride events at the Equestrian Center to member-member golf tournaments.
Living on this island is one of life’s greatest luxuries; one that the residents say is like living in a land suspended in time where there are no crowds, no traffic, no hurry and yet the “real world” is just a seven minute water taxi ride away.