Featured Community: Port Royal Plantation

port-royalPort Royal Plantation

Historic Port Royal Plantation is 1250 acres and Hilton Head Island’s only private oceanfront residential community with views of golf courses, deep woods or the Port Royal Sound. It is located where the Port Royal Sounds meets the Atlantic Ocean and where Captain William Hilton (Hilton Head’s namesake) landed in 1663.  It is also where the Union Troops came ashore during the Civil War in 1861.  Landmarks can be found throughout this plantation dating back to Civil War times.

The Steam Gun – Located at the end of Fort Walker Drive are the remnants of a large cannon that was operated by pressurized air. It was built at the beginning of the century to defend against a possible coastal attack. In a park-like setting, parts of the turret cannon, steam piping and boiler rooms are visible.

Fort Walker was established in 1861, soon after South Carolina seceded from the Union by the Confederate Army near the end of what is now Fort Walker Drive. Historical markers at the end of Fort Walker Drive and the Beach House tell about it.

Fort Sherman was built by Union forces after Fort Walker was captured and has entrances on Sherman Place and Sherman Drive. The earthen walls built by the troops occupying the fort are now populated with trees and plants. Leisure paths wind through the area.

Port Royal has a dual personality – two distinct communities.  A security gate at the entrance to the residential section separates owners from Resort guests at the many Villa Complexes and the Hilton Head Westin Resort and Spa.

Although residents of Port Royal share their plantation with numerous resort guests, there is a distinct separation between resort and residential areas.  Many amenities are available for “residents-only” use.  Beach access to over 4 miles of beautiful beach is available through private beach walks and The Residents’ Club, which also features a full range of amenities. It features an Olympic size outdoor pool, a children’s pool and locker rooms.  An indoor facility is also available for residents use for private parties and gatherings.

For nature lovers there is the Arboretum which consists of walking paths with native plants identified.  Port Royal is fortunate to have both fresh water and salt water fishing.  The fresh water lagoons contain large mouth bass and crappie.  Salt water fishing in the ocean and Fish Haul Creek produce spottail bass (red fish), flounder, trout, croakers and crabs.

The Westin Resort is located just outside the security gate and offers a fabulous spa, gorgeous swimming pools, a fitness facility, restaurants and conference facilities.

The Port Royal Clubhouse is open to the public.  It is home to conference facilities, gourmet dining and Bayley’s a smaller pub-style restaurant.


The Port Royal Golf club features three 18-hole Golf Courses:  Barony, Planter’s Row and Robber’s Row.  On a rotating basis, one of the three remains private.


The Port Royal Racquet Club features 16 courts and offers clay, hard, and grass courts.  You will sometimes find a famous tennis player practicing for Wimbledon here.  Four courts are private, eight are lighted.

Yes! You Do Need a Vacation Home!

Hilton Head Vacation Home

Does a vacation home sound good to you? We have the solution, Hilton Head is the perfect home away from home! Hilton Head Island boasts miles of beaches, tennis courts, championship golf courses, amazing restaurants, moderate temperatures and beautiful lowcountry scenery. If you own a vacation home on Hilton Head your next vacation can never come quick enough! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to be part of the Hilton Head Island community.

If you are interested in where the Bluffton / Hilton Head Island vacation home market is going? Give Jo Anne or Tony Rizza (843-301-5825) a call to better understand the current market, see the latest available properties, or to list your own home!

With over 25 years of experience, our team is ready to help!

Hilton Head Real Estate Partners
Partnering with you every step of the way.


Attention tennis enthusiasts: Hilton Head is calling your name!

TennisMost people know Hilton Head for its world-renowned golf courses. However, what many people don’t know is that Hilton Head’s tennis facilities and programs are also considered to be the envy of the country.

Hilton Head tennis offers:

• More than 300 courts
• All three grand slam surfaces, even grass
• Wide array of specialized programs, clinics and events
• Highly ranked tennis resorts offering year-round schedules packed with round robins, exhibitions, customized teaching programs, and outstanding tiny tots and juniors’ tennis clinics.

The Hilton Head Island tennis area has received several notable compliments, including:

• TENNIS Magazine regularly places four local resorts on its list of Top Fifty
• TENNIS Magazine declared Sea Pines Resort the “Top Tennis Resort in the US.”
• Tennis Resorts Online has ranked two area resorts in the top twenty of the Top 100 Resorts and Camps.

For a list of tennis facilities in the Hilton Head area, both public and private – click here.

Hilton Head is one of the best places to live in South Carolina for tennis enthusiasts. If you would like to find a home close to a tennis facility, please contact us and we would be happy to take you for a tour.

Hilton Head Upcoming Events – New Year’s Plunge

When I was in High School I went on a trip with my friends to the Poconos and tried Polar Bear Swimming.  The Lowcountry doesn’t get cold enough for a polar bear plunge, but a pelican plunge? That seems to be a name better-suited to the more temperate climate here. The Friends of Hunting Island is holding its annual Pelican Plunge on New Year’s Day near the island’s lighthouse to raise money for Discover Carolina educational programs through the state park service.

This will be the fourth year of this event.  Previous years profits have gone to the Discover Carolina program.  They are hoping this year to raise between $3,500 and $4,500.  Weather is a factor for this event, but perhaps they will  get about 200 and 300 jumping in the water. Maybe 500 total supporting and watching all the crazies go in.   The Pelican Plunge starts at 1 p.m. Sunday. Registration starts at noon.  Bathers and their cheering sections will gather for registration at the picnic area near the lighthouse.  Look forward to signature warmups; a costume parade, “Simon Sez” and Kazoo songs; as well as chimenea fires and hot beverages to welcome our swimmers out of the surf    For further info please visit: www.friendsofhuntingisland.org

Based on my past experience as a Polar Bear Swimmer….it is an exhilerating way to start to the New Year!



Hilton Head Island Food Network Star & Me!


All my friends and family know how much of a junkie I am for cooking shows and spending time cooking in my own kitchen.  I watched every episode of The Next Food Network  Star when our very own Orchid Paulmeier of Hilton Head Island was a contestant.  Recently, our landlord hosted it’s annual Barbecue for it’s tenants in our office complex on Main Street, Hilton Head Island.  Southern Barbecue was prepared by One Hot Mama’s, Orchid’s Restaurant .  Not only did Tony and I get to meet her, enjoy her cooking, chat  about her experience;  but  I got to take a photo of us together too!  Although she did not win, she is a winner in my eyes.  To take a quote from another Food Network star….YUMMO!


Hilton Head Island Tennis

Hilton Head Island boasts some of the nation’s top rated tennis resorts. Tennis players love the Island atmosphere, beneath ancient oaks draped with tendrils of Spanish moss, or within earshot of the sea, and the outstanding quality of the courts Island-wide.

  • More than 300 courts
  • All three grand slam surfaces, even grass
  • Wide array of specialized programs, clinics and events
  • Island’s highly ranked tennis resorts offer year-round schedules packed with round robins, exhibitions, customized teaching programs, and outstanding tiny tots and juniors tennis clinics.

With more than 300 courts in all three Grand Slam surfaces, including grass, Hilton Head Island has earned the distinction of America’s top spot for tennis. In fact, Hilton Head Island’s top-ranked tennis facilities and programs have attracted tennis professionals and amateurs for years.

A mild climate and bright Carolina blue skies allow visitors to enjoy Hilton Head Island tennis year-round. In the case of rain, tennis enthusiasts can always take advantage of one of the Island’s covered courts. Both novices and seasoned players can improve their game at a variety of tennis clinics, where both private and group instruction is available daily. The prestigious Van der Meer Tennis Center, one of the world’s most renowned tennis schools and international headquarters of the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry, also offers daily lessons for players of all skill levels.


Chaplin Park Tennis Center 681-7273 6 Hard (Lighted)
Cordillo Courts 681-7273 3 Hard (Lighted)
Hilton Head Island
Beach & Tennis Resort
842-0079 10 Hard (Lighted)
Hilton Head Park 681-7273 2 Asphalt
Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center 785-1152 23 Clay (6 Lighted)
2 Hard (Lighted)
Port Royal Racquet Club 686-8803 10 Clay, 4 Hard
Sea Pines Racquet Club 363-4495 23 Clay (4 Lighted)
South Beach Racquet Club 671-2215 13 Clay (2 Lighted)
Van der Meer Shipyard
Racquet Club
686-8804 10 Clay
4 Hard
3 Indoor
Van der Meer Tennis Center 785-8388 17 Hard (4 Covered
& Lighted


Fiddler’s Cove Beach &
Racquet Club
842-5744 10 Clay
2 Racquetball
Island Club Tennis Center 785-8012 7 Clay (2 Lighted)
2 Hard
1 Racquetball
Long Cove Tennis Club 686-1030 8 Clay (4 Lighted)
Moss Creek Tennis Club 837-2240 7 Clay (5 Lighted)
Sea Pines Country Club 671-1294 8 Clay (4 Lighted)
South Carolina Yacht Club 681-3100 7 Clay
Spring Lake Racquet Club 681-3626 12 Clay
Wexford Tennis Center 686-8816 6 Clay (4 Lighted)

Hilton Head Island Golf Courses

Hilton Head Golf

If nature is destiny, surely the Hilton Head Island area was destined from the start for golf greatness.

  • With the mild subtropical climate, this popular sport can be enjoyed 12 months of the year.
  • With more than 40 of the world’s top rated courses that include the infamous Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the nationally televised WORLDCOM CLASSIC –The Heritage of Golf.
  • Golf Digest named Hilton Head Island Number 10 on its list of the world’s best gof resorts.

The Hilton Head Island area offers:

  • Spectacular oceanfront courses
  • Challenging riverside courses
  • Courses that meander through centuries old maritime forests
  • Courses beside vast tidal marshes
  • Courses with Lowcountry flare with sparkling lakes and lagoons
  • Courses designed by PGA’s most noted players

Best of all, most of the Island’s resorts and rental companies offer special golf value packages that make it as affordable as it is rewarding to enjoy an Island golf vacation.

Here is a list of local golf courses…..

Hilton Head Island Public Golf Courses:

Golden Bear Golf Club, Indigo Run Please call (843)689-2200

Arthur Hills, Palmetto Dunes Please call (843)785-1138

George Fazio, Palmetto Dunes Please call (843)785-1138

Robert Trent Jones, Palmetto Dunes Please call (843)785-1138

Arthur Hills Course, Palmetto Hall Please call (843)689-4100

Robert Cupp Course, Palmetto Hall Please call (843)689-4100

Harbour Town Golf Links, Sea Pines Please call (843)842-8484

Ocean Course, Sea Pines Please call (843)842-8484

Heron Point, Sea Pines Please call (843)842-8484

Shipyard Golf Club, Shipyard Please call (843)689-GOLF

Hilton Head Island Semi-Private Golf Courses:

Country Club of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Plantation Please call (843)681-2582 or (843)681-GOLF

Oyster Reef Golf Club, Hilton Head Plantation Please call (843)689-GOLF

Barony Course, Port Royal Please call (843)689-GOLF

Planter’s Row Course, Port Royal Please call (843)689-GOLF

Hilton Head Island Private Golf Courses:

Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head Plantation Please call (843)681-2667

Dolphin Head Golf Club, Hilton Head Plantation Please call (843)681-5550

The Golf Club at Indigo Run, Indigo Run Please call (843)689-5666

Long Cove Club, Long Cove Please call (843)686-1020

Club Course, Sea Pines Please call (843)842-8484

Spanish Wells Golf Club, Spanish Wells Please call (843)681-2819

Wexford Golf Club, Wexford Please call (843)686-8812

Off-Island Public Golf Courses:

Crescent Pointe Please call (843)706-2600

Eagle’s Pointe Please call (843)686-4457 or (843)757-5900

Executive Golf(Par 3) Please call (843)837-6400 or (843)686-6400

Hilton Head National Signature Golf Course Please call (843)842-5900

Island West Golf Club Please call (843)689-6660

Old Carolina Golf Club Please call (843)785-6363

Old South Golf Links Please call (843)785-5353

Bloody Point, Daufuskie Island Please call (843)341-4810 or (843)842-2000

Melrose Golf Club,Daufuskie Island Please call (843)842-2000 or (843)341-4810

Hidden Cypress, Sun City Please call (843)705-4999

Okatie Creek Golf Club, Sun City Please call (843) 705-GOLF

Off-Island Private Golf Courses:

Belfair Please call (843)757-0701

Berkeley Hall Please call (843)815-8444

Dye Course, Colleton River Plantation Please call (843)837-3010

Nicklaus Course, Colleton River Plantation Please call (843)837-3131

Hampton Hall Please call (843)815-8727

Devil’s Elbow North, Moss Creek Plantation Please call (843)785-6182 or (843)785-2231

Devil’s Elbow South, Moss Creek Plantation Please call (843)785-6182 or (843)837-2231

Oldfield Golf Club Please call (843)379-5051

May River Golf Club, Palmetto Bluff Please call (843)706-6589

Pinecrest Golf Club Please call (843)757-8960

Haig Point Golf Club, Daufuskie Island Please call (843)686-9202