Discover the Charm of Cat Island, SC

Jul 5, 2024 | Communities

Discovering the Charm of Cat Island, South Carolina

Recently, I had the pleasure of touring Cat Island, SC, and it was an experience that left a lasting impression. Nestled in the heart of the Lowcountry, Cat Island offers a blend of natural beauty, serenity, and modern amenities that I felt create an unparalleled living experience.

The highlight of my visit was exploring the Cat Island Club which was renovated in 2022. After speaking with two members of the new ownership, I believe this club is set to become a premier destination for both locals and visitors. Owned and operated by Linx of Beaufort, LLC, the Club is a sanctuary offering limited memberships that promise access to a range of exclusive services and privileges.

Embracing the Outdoors

The first thing that struck me about Cat Island was its stunning natural landscape. The island is adorned with large live oaks draped in Spanish moss, palmetto trees, and marsh grass, painting a picturesque scene that’s hard to find elsewhere. Walking through the island and traveling by golf cart, I felt an immediate sense of peace and connection to nature, a feeling that the island seems to instill in every visitor.

During the tour, the Club Manager, Tim.   After a few minutes describing to me what we were going to see on the tour, Tim left to get a nearby golf cart.   We zipped around the island easily and spoke to several members.   Each person was quite pleased, and seemed to me to be frankly having the time of their lives on the island.

For golf enthusiasts, the Cat Island Club is a dream come true. The club has a full service Pro shop with professional instruction.

The golf course, designed by the renowned George Cobb, is a masterpiece that challenges and delights in equal measure. Even though I’m not an avid golfer, I could appreciate the meticulous design and the beauty of the course.  Hole #16, in particular, stood out with its tee box set in the marsh, offering deep water views that are simply breathtaking.   As Tim, a golf pro himself explained to me, the course provides a range of risk/reward opportunities that seasoned golfers will find exhilarating.

Exceptional Amenities

The Club’s amenities extend beyond just golf.  On the tour, Tim described how members have access to four pools near the Cabana Bar & Grill, offering a perfect spot to relax and unwind. The Springhouse practice range is ideal for honing your skills, whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting. For those who enjoy tennis, the Club offers two lighted hard surface tennis courts.   Additional amenities I saw was a playground and picnic area as well as a fitness facility.

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A Haven for Water Activities

If you enjoy boating (like I do), having access to water is essential.    When I told Tim, he took me to see the boat landing.   It was outstanding with immediate access to deep water.   

Cat Island’s appeal isn’t limited to its golf course and club facilities. The community boasts access to several docks, including the one on Cotton Island, perfect for kayaking and crabbing, and the dock on de la Gaye, which offers stunning views of Battery Creek. These docks provide easy access to the water, inviting residents to explore the surrounding waterways and enjoy a variety of water activities.

Exclusive Membership and Community

I asked Tim how membership to the Cat Island worked.  He explained the Cat Island Club offers non-equity memberships, available by invitation only. This exclusivity ensures a close-knit community of members who share a desire for an unparalleled private club experience. Membership allows the use of Club facilities subject to reservation procedures and other rules, maintaining a high standard of service and availability.

Each membership is issued in the name of the individual or entity applying, ensuring flexibility for those who may want to include their business or corporation. This thoughtful approach caters to a diverse range of members, from individual enthusiasts to corporate entities looking for a premium retreat.

One of the unique aspects of the Club is its commitment to providing a family-friendly environment. Membership benefits are available not only to the primary member but also to their family members and guests. This inclusivity ensures that everyone can enjoy the facilities, making it a perfect place for family gatherings and social events.

 Cat Island ClubThe Surrounding Area

I also wanted to be sure to provide a sense of what is near Cat Island.  Beyond the island, the charm of Beaufort, SC, awaits. Just a short 5 minute drive from Cat Island, Beaufort offers historic streets lined with antique shops and cobblestone alleyways. The town’s rich history and vibrant culture make it a delightful place to explore. If you were OK traveling further, Hilton Head, Savannah, and Charleston offer additional attractions, each with its unique flavor and history.   But let’s save that information for a future blog.

My Final Thoughts

My visit to Cat Island was an eye-opener to the possibilities of a life in the Lowcountry of SC enriched by nature, community, and exceptional amenities. Whether you’re an experienced golfer, a boating enthusiast, or someone seeking a serene environment to unwind, Cat Island has something to offer. The Cat Island Club, with its exclusive membership and top-notch facilities, promises a lifestyle that combines luxury with the natural beauty of the Lowcountry.

If you’re looking for a place that goes beyond the ordinary, a sanctuary where luxury and serenity intertwine, I highly recommend exploring Cat Island. It’s not just a location; it’s a lifestyle investment that offers peace, community, and a connection to the stunning landscape of South Carolina.   Those are nearly the exact words from the people I met while taking my tour of Cat Island with Tim.

Feel free to share this with others who might be interested. Discovering Cat Island could be the first step to experiencing a truly unique and enriching lifestyle.


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