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Callawassie Island Wins Best Community and Best Wedding Venue 2017

On Callawassie Island, “community” has a special meaning.

Here, the word community encompasses everything we hold dear, from the balance we feel to our natural surroundings, to the neighbors who become like family.

The Callawassie Island community is incredibly proud and humbled to announce its selection as “Best Community/Neighborhood” by the Island Packet’s Reader’s Choice Awards for 2017.

With only approximately 700 home sites, Callawassie Island is a smaller community than most in the surrounding Bluffton and Hilton Head areas. Our private, 880-acre community is completely surrounded by tidal salt marshes and the Colleton River. 

Callawassie Island is located roughly 20 minutes north of Bluffton, but our hidden gem was given the opportunity to vie for “Best Community” along with nearly 100 other communities from here to Hilton Head Island!

We couldn’t be more excited to win this prestigious recognition. The Lowcountry is known for its ability to take your breath away with vistas unlike anywhere else in the world, and there is nowhere better to experience them than right here on Callawassie.

Callawassie Island Wins 2017 Reader's Choice Awards for Best Community and Best Wedding Venue

Callawassie Island Community 

What makes Callawassie Island membership worthy of winning such a prestigious title? Let’s take a look:

Callawassie Island Lifestyle

Driving across our private, 1/4 mile causeway, you leave behind the hectic world and enter paradise.

Callawassie Island makes it easy for its community to celebrate life amid outgoing and supportive friends.

Callawassie Island's friendly, relaxed tone promotes strong bonds among our residents. Golfers, boaters, tennis players, bridge players, fisherman, and gardeners get to know each other through club events and activities.

With over 25 member-run clubs, the community offers a variety of options fun ways to stay connected. Below is a complete list of clubs on Callawassie Island:

  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • Aviation Club
  • Bocce/Croquet/Horseshoes
  • Bicycling Club
  • Blind Squirrels
  • Book Club
  • Bridge Club
  • Callawassie Chorus
  • Computer Club
  • Ecology Committee
  • Fishing Club
  • Friends of Callawassie Island (501c3)
  • Garden Club
  • Callawassie Men’s Golf Association (CMGA)
  • Callawassie Island Tennis Association
  • Kayaking Club
  • Mariners
  • Men’s Bible Group
  • New Member Dinner Group
  • Photography Club
  • Sip & Stitch
  • Sporting Clays Club
  • Travel Club
  • Vintners’ Club
  • Women's Club
  • Women's 9 Holers
  • Callawassie Women’s Golf Association (CWGA)

As a member-owned community, Callawassie Island also has many committees that assist the boards in maintaining and elevating the lifestyle. Committees include membership, marketing, grounds and many others.

When it comes to lifestyle on Callawassie Island, everything centers around our tight-knit community.

Neighbors celebrate joyful times together and are on hand to pitch in when needed.

You may expect members to tell you their favorite thing about Callawassie Island is the location, or the championship golf, or the incredible sunsets at River Club…but the answer is always: the people.

Living on Callawassie Island means surrounding yourself with the best of everything the Lowcountry offers, including championships Tom Fazio golf, waterfront living and the ability to be one with nature.

As you can see, Callawassie Island is so much more than a breathtaking Certified Wildlife Habitat with first-rate amenities; it's a vibrant, dynamic community.

Callawassie Island Membership

Whether you are a growing family or recent retirees, Callawassie Island welcomes everyone with open arms. Callawassie Island provides members with a close-knit community, enhanced by members who share a common interest in the island lifestyle.

Callawassie Island members enjoy a relaxed, safe community cared for by professional staff who are also award-winners themselves. By focusing on providing members with kind, thoughtful support, the island staff ensures everyone here enjoys life to the fullest. 

The Callawassie Island Fees are based on flexible Club Membership Plans offering options and value. 

Every property owner on Callawassie Island includes membership privileges and the island even offers Associate Memberships to locals who want to enjoy the island’s beauty as they please.

In addition to Island Membership, Callawassie also offers Non-Equity Memberships: Associate, Island and Corporate.

Every resident member has access to:

  • clubhouse dining and a variety of meeting facilities
  • the soon-to-be-completed 3,000 s.f. fitness center 
  • six har-tru tennis courts 
  • two pools
  • four community docks
  • and golf practice facilities 

To enhance options further, members can select a golf plan to match their individual needs including pay-as-you-play options or unlimited golf for those who love to take advantage of our award-winning 27 holes on a daily basis.

Waterfront Living on Callawassie Island

Whether boating, kayaking, or enjoying the river from our four community docks, everyone has access to the ever-changing waterways and tidal marshes that surround our beautiful island.
Community docks ensure every member on Callawassie Island enjoys true waterfront living.

Two docks are located at the River Club, which offer deep-water access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean.

Residents can enjoy deep sea fishing via the Port Royal Sound, while some of the world's best inshore fishing abounds in our surrounding tidal rivers, creeks, and fresh water ponds.

Sunsets on the Colleton are truly indescribable and Callawassie Island members enjoy them nightly from the River Club docks.

A third dock is located at the Sugar Mill Ruins, perhaps one of the best places to sit and spot the dolphins. Residents catch shrimp and crab off the community docks and the Sugar Mill Dock is home to a collection of traps.

Finally, Paddler’s Point cannot be overlooked! Push off here and kayak around the island whenever you wish. Enjoy the serene waters surrounding our hidden island paradise.

If you want an adventure with your neighbors, join the Kayaking Club on one of their guided outings, taken throughout the year, to explore the waters beyond Callawassie Island - kayak included!

Many Callawassie Island homes include private docks and deep-water access as well.  For members without waterfront property, owners have access to secure storage for trailered boats just outside the island's security gate.


Callawassie Island Golf and Tennis

In a golf town, you can’t win Best Community if your golf course isn’t top notch. Callawassie Island golf is rated among the best courses in the state, and was awarded the prestigious Audobon Certification just last month.

Callawassie Island is only the 23rd golf course in South Carolina to earn “The Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”, making them one of only 901 golf courses in the entire world to hold the title.

Another huge honor for Callawassie Island is being “home” to the Big East Men’s and Women’s Golf Championship.

SEE ALSO: Freshman leads Marquette to Big East crown at Callawassie Island

Golf here is an experience like no other.

The legendary Tom Fazio took advantage of our island's natural beauty to create intriguing visual drama and superb playability when designing Callawassie Island's private, award-winning, championship 27-hole course.

Magnificent live oaks and magnolias, as well as freshwater ponds and saltwater marsh, come into play on most holes.

Inspiring vistas and abundant wildlife make nature part of the Callawassie Island golf experience.

Rated among the top courses in South Carolina, our courses each feature distinct character and offer challenges appropriate for every skill level.

If tennis is more your speed, Callawassie Island members enjoy six Har-Tru tennis courts with a pro shop, patio, and pavilion.

While the Callawassie Island Tennis Facility invokes pride, the Callawassie Tennis Association, over 150 members strong, makes our tennis community truly exceptional and welcoming for all skill levels.

Annual events such as our Pro-Am Tournament and "Wimbledon Callawassie Style" are highlights for the whole community.  

SEE ALSO: Callawassie Island turns No. 9 fairway into (temporary) tennis courts

The Callawassie Tennis Association coordinates many tennis and social events, including a group trip to the Family Circle Tournament on Daniel Island, Kentucky Derby Day, a Summer Luau, and a Holiday Party.

Community tennis, USTA tennis leagues, and inter-club exchange matches provide opportunities for both social and competitive tennis across the Lowcountry. 

Callawassie Island's teams have an excellent record in state, area, and local competitions and have brought home trophies on more than one occasion. Our full-time USTA and PTR certified professional, Bill Hoppe, has been working with community enthusiasts to support the growth of Callawassie Island Tennis since 1995.


Callawassie Island Weddings

Callawassie Island Weddings are a truly unique experience. We are incredibly honored to have also been named “Best Wedding Venue” by the Island Packet’s Reader’s Choice Awards this year!

Additionally, Callawassie Island was selected (once again) as The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” contest, an award representing the very highest-rated vendors.

Callawassie Island provides the ideal backdrop for your special gathering. For a truly memorable event, the Callawassie Island Clubhouse provides picturesque views of the marsh and can accommodate up to 225 guests at your wedding and/or reception, making it the ideal location for both formal and informal dining.

Callawassie Island also offers custom wedding and banquet catering packages to make your event as simplified and worry-free as possible for both you and your guests.

In addition to weddings, Callawassie Island’s award-winning events staff enjoys helping you celebrate all of life’s special occasions.

Host a family reunion, baby shower, wedding anniversary, you name it, and your guests will certainly appreciate your choice of venue.  With a custom-planned catering menu, they'll love the food, too!

SEE ALSO: Callawassie Island named among The Knot magazine’s Best of Weddings Winners


Conclusion

Callawassie Island members have enjoyed their “best-kept-secret” for nearly thirty years. Living here is often equated with heaven on earth. We couldn’t be more excited that the secret is out! 

Thank you to everyone who voted to make Callawassie Island the Island Packet’s Best Community and Best Wedding Venue. We look forward to seeing you on island-time!

Want to learn more about making Callawassie Island your home? Our expert Realtors and Island Ambassadors (members) would love to speak with you! Contact us at 843.987.2125 or click here to view our contact information!