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  • 2 championship golf courses by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills
  • 8 Har-Tru tennis courts
  • Marina with deep water slips and dry storage
  • 16,000 square-foot fitness and community center
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • 2 regulation croquet courts
  • Newly renovated & expanded 25,000 sqft clubhouse
  • Just 6 miles from downtown Beaufort, SC
  • 24-hour security, gated community, community docks
  • Well-stocked ponds ideal for fishing
  • Clubhouse with 25,000 sqft of dining, proshop and more
  • Located on an 870 private island with lush surroundings
  • Homes from $250,000 up to $2mll
Dataw Island, located just outside Beaufort, South Carolina, encompasses a life of privacy and luxury. Recognized as one of the top coastal residential communities in the Southeast, this secluded 870-acre gated community is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and lush marshes. With two of the finest golf courses in the region, elegant dining and an active lifestyle, Dataw offers residents the best in Lowcountry living. Located within a 12 minute drive of historic Beaufort, In the midst of South Carolina’s Lowcountry is Dataw Island. Surrounded by pristine tidal waters and salt marshes Dataw’s water resources are abundant and unspoiled. For years writers, poets, naturalists and romantics have tried to describe the Carolina Lowcountry.

Dataw Island Club Actvities

Tennis Courts
A new Tennis facility was completed in 2006. Tennis is a year round sport at Dataw. The temperate climate invites spirited play almost every day. Lessons, tournaments and clinics are scheduled throughout the year. With 8 Har-Tru Courts there is never a shortage of play. Four of the courts are lighted for evening play.
Outdoor Pool
A junior size Olympic pool and wading pool for tots.
Exercise facility
The Community/Fitness Center includes an Aerobic/Exercise Studio with a specially designed floor that cushions high impact activity, making workouts easier on the knees, ankles and other joints. A variety of aerobics and exercise classes are offered. Treadmills, stair climbers, free weights and a wide selection of weight machines are featured in the Weight Room. Workout while you watch your favorite TV program. Ease post-exercise aches and pains in the whirlpool. The new year-round pool is covered and heated. Residents are able to enjoy lap and recreational swimming, water aerobics, physical therapy exercise and water sports any time.The Community/Fitness Center also offers a space to exhibit arts and crafts and multi-purpose activity rooms designed to hold small meetings, card parties, or craft and hobby groups such as quilting, needlework, book and investment clubs and flower arrangers.

Dataw Island Golf

Dataw’s two championship golf courses were designed by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hillls. Meticulously maintained the golf courses offer a variety of challenging play set against the pristine scenery of the island’s beauty.
Dave Britton is Dataw Island’s Director of Golf. He is responsible for the fine teaching programs for members and guests, the club tournament play and the well-stocked pro shop. Dave holds the PGA Class “A” Professional designation and has excellent teaching credentials.

Having long been a fertile source of history and folklore these great barrier islands of South Carolina have seen many visitors. Dataw Island’s first visitors arrived 2,000 years ago.; Wandering Tribes of early Indians returned frequently to the island, drawn by the bountiful supplies of game and shellfish.
Dataw Island greeted the Spanish Europeans in the early 1500s. Captain Pedro de Salaza discovered the area in 1514, which establishes Beaufort county as the second landing in the new world by the Europeans, preceded only by Ponce de Leon’s founding of St. Augustine, Florida, just one year earlier. Over the course of the next 200 years, the English gradually replaced the early Spanish settlers. In 1685, Caleb Westbrook, an entrepreneurial Scotsman, established a trading post on Dataw Island, trading with the Indians for deerskins, a valued commodity in England.
Steady settlement of the area continued through the pre-Revolutionary War years. With the beginning of the Plantation Age, the great sea islands of South Carolina became the “Newport of the South”, with large, opulent homes financed by the enormous cash crops of indigo, used for cloth dying, and sea island cotton, the finest in the world. In the late 1700s, William Sams selected Dataw Island as the site for his indigo fields and the remains of the family’s magnificent tabby home are a carefully preserved treasure today. The Civil War heralded the end of a gracious and privileged lifestyle and for over 100 years Dataw Island was a quiet hunting preserve. The acquisition of Dataw Island by Alcoa Properties, Inc., in 1983, assures that the next era of the island’s history will be recorded as the sensitive and responsible development of one of the more beautiful islands in this part of Eden.

How to Find Dataw Island

Dataw Island is just 35 miles from I-95 and 8 miles from Beaufort, SC. We’re located just off of Highway 21.

If You’re Driving …

Going South: Take Exit 33 (Point South). Follow signs for Beaufort and US Highway 21. Stay on Highway 21 south turn left on Palawana Drive in St Helena.

Going North: Take Exit 8 (turn east/right). Follow Beaufort signs and turn left on John Smith Road. Turn left on Highway 170 & 278. Stay on 170 (right) when roads split. Turn right on 802, go past Parris Island. Turn right at the first light. Follow 802 over Lady’s Island bridge. Turn right at Highway 21. and continue to Palawana Drive. If you have questions about how to get here please call or email me:

Driving mileage to major Cities: Atlanta 300 • Augusta 120 • Charlotte 240 • Chicago 910 • Cincinnati 650 • Columbia 145 • Myrtle Beach 195 • New York 805 • Washington 535

If You’re Flying here is your mileage to local airports:

Hilton Head 55 • Charleston 90 • Savannah 65

Dataw Island Marina

Dataw Island Marina is located on the Morgan River, near Historic Beaufort South Carolina and about ten miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s convenient proximity to both Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia make for great day trip back and forth.

The Marina features a deep water, full service marina and provides waters-edge access to both residents and visitors. Dataw Island Marina is the center of activity for local families, tourists and boaters.

Approach Instructions

Turn south in Parrot Creek from the ICW at ICW mile marker 521. Red right return entering the creek heading south. Keep all green markers to your left and all red markers to your right. We are 3 miles from ICW. Call Dataw Island Marina on #16 or #68 for docking instructions.

50 TON TRAVEL LIFT , Free Cable on Transient Docks, Full-Service Repair Yard, 24-Hour Security, Discount Diesel Fuel, Pumpout Availability, Air-Conditioned Showers & Laundry, Marine Surveyor, Diver On-Call, Concrete Floating Docks with Break-Water Protection SERVICES

Visa & MC Accepted, Airport Transportation, Rental Cars Available in Beaufort, FAX & FedEx Service, Courtesy Bicycles

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