Callawassie Island Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Callawassie Island has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Billy Bagwell, Director of Agronomy, led the effort to obtain the sanctuary designation for Callawassie and is recognized by Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Callawassie Island is one of 23 golf courses in South Carolina to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  

"Callawassie Island Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International. "To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Donadio. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

There are 901 golf courses in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

“We are so excited to receive this certification! We are so proud to be a National Wildlife Habitat, and are thrilled to add another environmental-friendly milestone to our portfolio,” said Lindsey Cooler, Communications and Membership Director at Callawassie Island.

The legendary Tom Fazio took Callawassie Island’s natural beauty into consideration when he designed the private, award-winning, championship 27-hole course. With the information and guidance provided by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses and Mr. Bagwell’s continued efforts, Callawassie Island will preserve and enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources on its golf courses for years to come. Callawassie Island gives thanks to the Ecology Committee, who helped with the bird counts and lists of wildlife on the island, as well as the community outreach programs that led to the recognition from this certificate.

"For our golf course to get this recognition from the Audubon Society is kind of a thrill," Billy Bagwell said.  "As South Carolina's first Community Wildlife Habitat, certified by the National Wildlife Federation, we welcome Audubon's interest and recognition."

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.

Tips on Kayaking in the Lowcountry

Callawassie Island means surrounding yourself with the best of everything the Lowcountry offers, including the beautiful rivers and oceans that surround the island. Our members get to know each other through club events, activities and on-island organizations such as the Kayaking club.


Members and visitors alike can kayak around the island whenever they wish, departing from our community docks or Callawassie Island Paddler's Point. Venturing around the Colleton River, Port Royal Sound or Harbor River will bring beautiful nature views. Whether you choose to kayak around Callawassie Island, or anywhere else in the world, we have a few helpful tips and how-to’s for kayak beginners.

Learning how to paddle isn’t as easy as it seems. Kayakers need to know how to balance and maneuver not only their paddle, but their kayak and body as well. Let’s start at the beginning.

1. To learn how to hold your paddle, place your hands a little more than one foot apart and when gripping the paddle

2. Make sure your knuckles are in line with the blade

3. When you place the paddle in the water, use the hand closest to the water to pull the blade towards your body - do not push just the single blade backwards

4. Repeat this on either side and voila, you are moving across the water!

To learn more about Callawassie Island and our kayaking club, visit http://www.callawassieisland.com/boating/. To book your own Callawassie Island Discovery Tour to visit and learn more about Callawassie Island in person, visit http://www.callawassieisland.com/visitdiscover or call 843-987-2125.