Shipyard Plantation is located on the south end of Hilton Head Island and is one of the island’s first developments. This is an 800 acre gated community of ocean-oriented homes and villas where amenities abound. Although there are no Oceanfront villas or homes, the beach and beach parking is easily accessible through the Shipyard Beach Club. The Beach Club has been recently renovated, has kitchen facilities and is available for residents to rent.
Tennis is very popular here and the Van Der Meer Tennis Resort, known for its world famous teaching facilities has 20 outdoor and 3 covered tennis courts nestled among magnificent oaks and beautifully landscaped grounds. It has been ranked by Tennis Magazine as one of their “50 Greatest Tennis Resorts in America.” A little history: Billie Jean King was the touring pro here in 1974 when the racquet club was built. Her coach, Dennis Van Der Meer, purchased it over 20 years ago and enhanced it to its level today. Clinics, drill sessions and round robbins are regularly scheduled. Many vacation villas here include tennis packages with court time.
There are three 9-hole golf courses which are semi-private and open to the public. The Shipyard Golf Course has hosted the Senior PGA Tour 3 times and is one of the busiest on the island. Each development within the plantation has its own pool, there are miles of leisure trails for walking, biking or jogging and the many fresh water lagoons are stocked for fishing. The Crowne Plaza Resort is the flagship of Shipyard Plantation. It is located on the ocean, near the beach club and has a health center, swimming pool, meeting rooms and an outdoor pavilion for special events. It also offers fine dining as well as casual fare. There is a playground and Camp Castaway, an adventure camp for children ages 3-12.