Sea Pines is located at the southern tip of Hilton Head Island and is the original and largest planned community on the island. In 1957, Charles Fraser conceived the Master Plan to harmonize architecture with its natural surroundings. The concept became an environmental standard mirrored throughout other communities on Hilton Head and the world. Of Sea Pines 5,000+ acres, 1300 of them are devoted to lagoons, forest preserves and green spaces.
Housing density is low within the plantation and all structures are designed to blend with their environment. Residential neighborhoods consist of single homes overlooking a golf course or lagoon and there are houses nestled in deep-wooded clusters as well as impressive estate-size structures with ocean views.
Sea Pines is a resort destination as well as a residential community. The amenities and attractions that lure vacationers from all over the world here are available everyday to islanders who make this wonderful Plantation their year-round home. It was meticulous and sensitive planning that this development harmoniously blends with recreational facilities.
Within the borders of Sea Pines, one will find 5 miles of beautiful beach, a 605 acre nature preserve, bird sanctuaries, swimming pools, 2 marinas, an equestrian center, and a Beach Club with open air grills and picnic tables. There are 15 miles of biking and jogging paths plus scenic trails through the forest preserve for horseback riding. Lagoons, creeks and the Atlantic Ocean itself are available for fishing.
Tennis remains a major attraction within Sea Pines. The Sea Pines Racquet Club has a total of 28 courts and there are others within individual neighborhoods and vacation villa complexes.
While all these things are wonderful, one of the major attractions of Sea Pines is Golf.
“Masterpiece” is the perfect word to describe the seaside piece of golf perfection known as the Harbour Town Golf Links. Here, beside the beautiful shores of the Calibogue Sound, lies this world-class golf course that thrills the professionals as well as the average golfer. This course was designed in 1969 and has withstood the test of time. At the 18th hole of this course is the majestic Harbour Town Lighthouse that is the familiar “image” of Sea Pines and Hilton Head Island. It is on this course that the PGA Tour’s Heritage Classic is played every year in April.
Besides Harbour Town Links, golf is available at the Sea Pines Country Club Course, the Ocean Course and the Sea Marsh Course. All have beautiful views of the wildlife and nature Hilton Head has to offer.
Restaurants and shopping abound in Sea Pines. There is Harbour Town, with its’ unique shops, galleries and restaurants, the Sea Pines Center with more shops and restaurants, and South Beach Village, which is like a mini visit to New England. It is the home of the Salty Dog Café and a great place to enjoy casual dining and souvenir shopping.