Colleton River Plantation, Berkeley Hall and Belfair - The Big Debate

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Buyers searching for superb golf communities in Bluffton often start by exploring Colleton River Plantation, Berkeley Hall and Belfair. All three are located off Highway 278 which is the main corridor to and from Hilton Head Island. What's shiny and new at these established golf clubs?

  • Colleton River Plantation - The opening of the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse and enhancements to the Pete Dye Clubhouse. 
  • Berkeley Hall - Renovation of the greens on the north golf course are underway and are expected to be completed in September.
  • Belfair - Renovation and expansion of their golf clubhouse, bunker renovations on the west course, and the expansion of their fitness center is now underway.

Our trusted colleague provides a great analogy when he’s asked which neighborhood is the best. His response, “It’s like comparing a Mercedes, BMW and a Lexus. All are the best in their class! The decision comes down to personal taste.” To give you a quick overview, here’s a comparison of these three coastal South Carolina communities based on size, price and amenities:


  • 1,200 acres, 708 homes at full build out
  • Gated entrance and 4 mile nature preserve corridor
  • Pete Dye clubhouse with fine & casual dining
    Pete Dye 18 hole championship golf course
  • Jack Nicklaus clubhouse with fine & casual dining
  • Jack Nicklaus 18 hole championship golf course 
  • Colleton River Golf Academy and 9 hole practice course
  • 6,000 square foot modern fitness center overlooking the golf course
  • Tennis Pro Shop and 5 Har-Tru tennis courts
  • Heated junior Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Community boat dock and fishing pier
  • Waterfront homes with private deepwater docks and golf course homes
  • Homes from the upper $300K’s, home prices average $871K
  • Monthly golf dues $1,291

Things that make Colleton River Plantation unique: 

This Bluffton golf community is located closest to the Hilton Head Island beaches and offers fast access to the Atlantic Ocean from the river. Colleton River Plantation is surrounded by water on three sides. Its peninsular position provides more waterfront homes and boat docks than the other coastal South Carolina communities. Colleton River Plantation is known for its natural beauty.  Many regard it as the best piece of land in the Lowcountry featuring centuries old moss drapped oaks throughout the community.

Colleton River Plantation is the only one of the three with two impressive clubhouses, both with dining options. Colleton River Plantation has won more prestigious club awards than Belfair and Berkeley Hall. It is named one of as one of the Top 15 Residential Communities in the United States. The Nicklaus Course was voted Best New Private Course in America


  • 860 acres, 553 homes at full build out
  • Gated entrance leading to dramatic common area and community park
  • 45,000 square foot Jeffersonian-style golf clubhouse with six dining experiences
  • Two 18 Hole Tom Fazio ‘Core Golf Courses’
  • Award winning Golf Learning Center and Practice Facility
  • 14,500 Square Foot Spa & Fitness Center 
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • Six Har-Tru tennis courts
  • 10 Miles greenway trails
  • River Park - fishing dock, nature tours by kayak or boat, oyster roast pit and fire pit for social club events
  • Deepwater homes on the Okatie River and golf course homes
  • Homes from the mid $400K’s, home prices average $569K
  • Monthly golf dues $1,091

Things that make Berkeley Hall unique:

This private golf community has a sense of English grandeur. Of the three golf communities in Bluffton, Berkeley Hall is located furthest west and towards the end of the Okatie River. Cottage homes are designed for maximizing outdoor living space with screened in pools, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens. 

Very few homes can be seen from the Berkeley Hall golf course which was what golf course designer Tom Fazio intended. He said “Golf the way it was meant to be played--a walk in the park, versus a ride through a subdivision."  It’s also the only residential golf course community in the country with two Tom Fazio Core Courses (a minimal number of homes visible from the golf course). Berkeley Hall has the most extensive golf Practice/Learning Center in the Lowcountry with indoor hitting bays and the latest in teaching technology. 


  • 1,100 acres, 710 homes at full build out
  • Gated entrance leading to Avenue of the Oaks
  • Two - Tom Fazio 18 hole golf courses
  • 29 acre Practice Center
  • 35,000 square foot golf clubhouse
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • Recent expanded Fitness Center
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • Championship croquet courts, tennis courts and soccer field
  • Belfair Town Village - convenient shopping within bicycling distance without leaving the gated entrance 
  • Deepwater homes on the Okatie River and golf course homes
  • Homes from the mid $400K’s, home prices average $572K
  • Monthly golf dues $1,333

Things that make Belfair unique:

Belfair reflects an authentic plantation-style estate white split-rail equestrian-style fencing. It has one of the most beautiful Avenue of Oaks in the entire South as its welcoming entrance! Belfair is known among coastal South Carolina communities as having some of the friendliest members. The club offers extensive golf programs and tournaments for women and men. Its active membership has too many clubs and civic organizations to begin to name.

The two Tom Fazio golf courses are adjacent to scenic Hidden Lake and finish with a dramatic tee shot over the marshes of the Colleton River. The West Course is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the Lowcountry. 

If you’re searching for golf communities in Bluffton, ask to be introduced to our trusted colleagues who know the in's and out's of all the golf communities in the area. Write [email protected]. It's our pleasure to help!

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