Discover the best in South Carolina golf communities. Golf has flourished in South Carolina the past 25 years with the state now offering more than 470 golf courses.Many South Carolina golf communities have a reputation as top resort destinations as well as being ideal for retirement and vacation.

The top three golf destinations in the state are Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton–all of which feature many world-class South Carolina golf communities–Sea Pines Resort, Colleton River, Palmetto Bluff and Palmetto Dunes to name just a few.

South Carolina is located in the southeastern United States and is bordered by North Carolina to the north, by Georgia across the Savannah River to the south and west and by the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

South Carolina is 24th most populous U.S. state. The capital and largest city is Columbia. South Carolina has several major lakes covering more than 683 square miles. Lake Keowee, which hosts several golf communities and lakefront communities, is the state’s fifth largest at more than 18,000 acres. Lake Marion is the largest at 110,000 acres and is also a location for golf communities.

South Carolina Good for Retirees

South Carolina has one of the lowest per capita tax rates in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. That fact that has put the Palmetto State in, or close to, Kiplinger’s rankings of the Top 10 Best States for retirees on a regular basis.

South Carolina’s income tax structure follows federal income tax laws, allowing many of the same adjustments, exemptions and deductions with only a few modifications. In fact, the starting point for calculating one’s state tax liability is one’s federal taxable income.

A Graduated Tax Rate

Currently, South Carolina does not tax the first $2,880 of federal taxable income. For amounts over that, South Carolina’s graduated tax rate ranges from zero to seven percent of taxable income. The individual income tax brackets are adjusted annually for inflation.

South Carolina does not tax Social Security benefits or railroad retirement income. South Carolina also allows special exemptions for retirees and senior adults.

Beginning the first year you receive qualified retirement income and until you reach age 65, you can take an annual deduction from your qualified retirement income of up to $3,000. You can claim this deduction for income received from any qualified retirement plan, including IRAs, government pension plans, Keogh plans and private sector pensions.

At age 65, the deduction increases to a maximum of $15,000 on any source of income. Each spouse receiving income from a qualified retirement plan may claim the retirement deduction.

Hot Summers, Mild Winters

South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate, although high-elevation areas in the upstate area are cooler. In summer South Carolina is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures averaging between 86 – 93 °F in most of the state. Overnight lows average 70 – 75 °F on the coast and from 66 – 73 °F inland.

Coastal areas of the state have very mild winters, with high temperatures averaging around 60 °F with overnight lows in the 40s °F. For this reason, you will find many highly regarded, world-class South Carolina golf communities located there.

Inland, the average January overnight low is around 32 °F while temperatures will go below freezing in the upstate area.

Callawassie Island

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Callawassie Island is a private, gated Lowcountry island community offering world-class golf, top-notch tennis and a thriving social lifestyle. Deep-water access to the Colleton River and the Atlantic Ocean further expands the range of activities for its active residents.


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DeBordieu is a private, gated, oceanfront community set on the South Carolina coast between the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic Ocean. Covering 2,700 acres, much of it a wildlife preserve, DeBordieu amenities include a golf course by Pete Dye and son, P.B. Dye, clubhouse, tennis and 10-acre beach club.


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Woodside is a private and gated golf course community on 2,900+ acres of countryside in the historic city of Aiken. This welcoming community features world-class amenities, year-round climate and superbly crafted homes situated on stunning wooded, lake and golf homesites.

The Cliffs at Glassy

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The Cliffs at Glassy is an active mountain, wellness, social and golf-oriented community featuring a celebrated championship golf course designed by Tom Jackson. Glassy is one of seven Cliffs communities; membership at one offers access to all of them.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Lake Keowee is a private, 3,900-acre residential and recreational community set on the shores of Lake Keowee in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains featuring golf and lake activities such as boating and fishing, plus miles of hiking and biking trails.

Moss Creek

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Moss Creek Plantation is a private, master-planned community covering 1,000 acres just minutes from the bridge that leads to world-famous Hilton Head Island. It features golf courses by George and Tom Fazio, tennis, nature preserves, clubhouse, pool, miles of trails and more.

Colleton River Plantation

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Colleton River Plantation Club is a private golf community located 1.5 miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island. A a place of great natural beauty, it offers two golf courses, two clubhouses, a Golf Learning Academy, tennis boating, community dock and even a social community for dogs.

Sea Pines Resort

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Sea Pines Resort is a 5,200-acre, master-planned golf and boating community with guarded entrances and full-time security. It is home to four golf courses, dozens of tennis courts, deep-water Harbour Town Yacht Basin, South Beach Marina, 14 miles of paved biking and leisure trails and an equestrian center.

Hilton Head Plantation

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Hilton Head Plantation is a 4,000-acre private, gated community on Hilton Head Island's northern tip on Port Royal Sound. Convenient to beaches, shopping, dining and golf, amenities include four championship golf courses, fitness, tennis, boating, hiking, biking & more. Real estate from $99,000.

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs

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Set along the blue waters of Lake Keowee, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs joins a relaxed, recreational lakefront lifestyle with the energy and culture of nearby Clemson University. Featuring a Tom Fazio Signature golf course and an easygoing environment, Keowee Springs is one of The Cliffs’ most family-friendly communities.

Daniel Island

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Located within the City of Charleston, Daniel Island offers 23 miles of rivers and creeks, a variety of traditional neighborhoods, a private country club with golf courses by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones, parks, shops, restaurants, schools, churches and more.

Hampton Hall

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Hampton Hall is a private, gated, country club community set within 1,000 acres in Bluffton, SC, and located just minutes from Hilton Head Island, Savannah and historic Beaufort. Enjoy world-class amenities, including golf, clubhouse, Health and Fitness Center, hiking and biking trails and more.

Palmetto Dunes

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Palmetto Dunes is a luxury resort community set along three miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean featuring private neighborhoods with Marriott and Hilton hotels, shops, restaurants, golf and tennis facilities on site. Within the private areas of Palmetto Dunes are more amenities, homes and homesites offering oceanfront, wooded, golf and lagoon views.

Windmill Harbour

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Enjoy the Hilton Head island waterfront lifestyle at Windmill Harbour, home of the South Carolina Yacht Club, where you can swim, play tennis and have easy access to Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic. Great golf nearby. Real estate begins at $225,000.


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Located almost equidistant from Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, SC, and historic Savannah, GA, Oldfield is an 800-acre golf course community located on the Okatie River, featuring the first Greg Norman championship golf course in the area, waterfront activities and the renowned relaxing Lowcountry lifestyle.

Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff is a private community set on 20,000 Lowcountry acres located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Surrounded by three rivers and planned for ultra-low-density living, this luxury gated retreat features world-class amenities, including an Auberge Resorts Inn, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, Lawn and Racquet Club, boating facilities, fishing, luxury homes and more.

Hilton Head Lakes

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Hilton Head Lakes is a private, gated, golf and lakefront community set in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Ideally located close to shopping, dining, schools and Interstate 95, this quiet enclave offers 22 miles of lake shoreline, Tommy Fazio championship golf course and numerous amenities that will appeal to the whole family.