Welcome to Dataw Island
Beaufort, South Carolina
Welcome to Dataw Island
Dataw Island’s centuries-old live oaks draped in Spanish moss will captivate your senses and amaze your guests as you enjoy golfing on our two recently-renovated courses, playing tennis, croquet, bocce, boating, and just living the relaxed yet active coastal lifestyle.
Dataw is a private gated island just six miles east of the charming Lowcountry town of Beaufort, SC, and close to Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston. You’ll find the perfect blend of history and modern amenities, along with excellent real estate values.
Whether your idea of paradise comprises social activities, clubs, sports, wellness, history, nature, art, and voluntarism or gathering with friends for a sweet tea, Dataw Island charms all who visit with her genteel Southern charm and open, welcoming atmosphere.
Membership at Dataw Island
Dataw Island is Beaufort, South Carolina’s premier golf and sports community.
With its calm and lush beauty, Dataw Island is certainly the place to be. Although our two golf courses and eight har-tru tennis courts attract many discerning players, membership options range from Dining Membership to full Sports and everything in between; the Dataw Island Club is a superb choice with options to suit every lifestyle. Built with flexibility in mind, Dataw’s membership packages allow you to choose each year between myriad options, so your membership adapts as your lifestyle changes.
For individuals purchasing property on Dataw Island, membership to the Club is mandatory. Those who wish to be members but do not own property on Dataw Island have several options, including Country Club, Encore Tennis, and Dining memberships. A Renter Membership is available to those renting a home allowing renters to utilize Club facilities.
Golf at Dataw Island
Enjoy 36 holes of world-class golf designed by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills. Dataw Island’s courses are both rated as one of the Top 50 courses in the state.
As one of South Carolina’s premier golf communities, Dataw Island is home to two 18-hole golf courses: Tom Fazio’s Cotton Dike course and Arthur Hills’ Morgan River course. Both recently-renovated, and both designed to ensure a pleasurable round for golfers of all abilities. Golfers enjoy beautiful natural surroundings as they wind their way through the island and amongst tidal marshland, live oaks dating back hundreds of years and Civil War era ruins – starting and ending at our Southern-style Clubhouse.
The Dataw Island golf professionals are highly qualified and take pride in their work. All members enjoy access to the Dataw practice facilities, including the driving range and chipping and putting greens. Offerings include group and private lessons and clinics. A wide variety of tournaments are held throughout the year and are suited to include everyone from the novice to the expert golfer.
New golf members are acclimated quickly and easily through our frequently-offered Mens’ and Ladies’ Days, our very popular Dataw Island Golf Association and the Dataw Island Women’s Golf Association, plus golf clinics and events.
Sports at Dataw Island
With a majestic view overlooking Jenkins Creek, Dataw Island has four newly constructed Pickleball Courts. With a certified instructor on site and an energetic and friendly group of players, season and new players alike instantly enjoy this social sport.
Dataw offers a majestic backdrop for its eight Har-Tru courts, perfectly placed between Jenkins Creek and our historic ruins.
The venue consists of three banks of two courts that surround two additional single courts for those who prefer a more secluded setting. Four lighted courts accommodate evening play, and a ball machine is also available for practice and lessons.
Where a game of Croquet is defined by congeniality and a competitive spirit.
Our pair of croquet lawns are perhaps the most charming place to gather on Dataw Island. These championship courts, overlooking a beautiful, iconic view of Jenkins Creek, are playable year-round. All members are invited to try your hand at croquet as part of our Sports Ambassadors program, and very affordable packages are available for the many who get hooked on the sport.
Few pools enjoy the fabulous vistas found at Dataw Island Club, with its tranquil views of the marshes and Jenkins Creek.
Dataw’s Community Center is home to an indoor lap pool and hot tub, open for year-round exercise and entertainment. Water aerobics are a favorite for those seeking low-impact exercise or physical rehab, and special times are designated for swimmers over 18.
If relaxation beckons in the form of the South Carolina sun, enjoy the brand new resort-style outdoor pool facility which opened in June, 2016. The new facility is tastefully appointed with features like an upgraded heated and cooled pool, expanded children’s area, and food and beverage service.
Whether your goal is to improve your golf game or increase your strength, Dataw Island’s Community & Fitness Center is designed to accommodate your individual needs.
Personal trainers craft a comprehensive, made-for-you program. An aerobic studio, outfitted with specialty floor cushions to temper high-impact activity, offers many popular classes such as yoga. The center’s workout room offers circuit-training machines, free weights and state-of-the-art cardio equipment. And, you can reward each workout by sinking into our whirlpool spa.
Dining at Dataw Island
From fine dining to a quick lunch, Dataw’s gourmet dining options will satisfy every occasion and appetite.
Casual dining at the Dataw Island Pub is a favorite amongst members. Enjoy a cocktail on the patio, meet up with friends after your round, or gather a lunch bunch. The pub is a social hub. Or cool off next door at the Cotton Dike Deli, featuring fresh fare, a pizza oven, and frozen delights.
Tide’s Edge Grille, our fine dining restaurant, delights the palate of even the most discriminating tastes with fine seafood, steaks, and themed dinners. Frequent live entertainment and seasonal menu changes make for diverse offerings and experiences.
For special occasions, members are welcome to reserve our Private Dining Room. Working with our Catering Director and Executive Chef, your imagination and our creativity will deliver a perfectly memorable occasion. For larger gatherings, reserve one of our many special events venues, including the Tabby Room, Carolina Ballroom, Gazebo, or Community Center.
On island you will also find the independently managed Morgan River Grill, where you can dine on fresh local selections while overlooking the beautiful water vistas.
Lifestyle at Dataw Island
An appreciation for nature, history, and fellow neighbors unite much of the island.
We’re not sure what’s in the water, but Datawites, as our residents are dubbed, are an active and generous group – charity abounds!
There are several member-based, non-profit groups, such as the Dataw Conservancy and the Dataw Historic Foundation, plus numerous other charitable organizations and events. For example, each Veterans Day, the community honors veterans over a few days with a ceremonial parade, golf tournament, breakfast, lunch – having raised $130,000 to date through these events. Even the staff at Dataw gives generously, one example being Assistant Golf Pro Chris Fearn organizing a charity Golf Marathon, where each year he single-handedly raises over $20,000 for veterans organizations such as Tee It Up for the Troops, the On Course foundation, the Green Beret Foundation, and more — all to help injured service men and women.
Dataw members can be found in the local community swinging a hammer to build a Habitat for Humanity House, picking up litter or combing the beach for trash or to spot & log sea turtle activity. On-island, members plan charity runs, tend to a butterfly garden, and hold numerous fundraising and awareness-raising events. In June, the Dataw Splash USTA tennis event draws players from across the US and raises money for Special Olympics.
When not working towards greater good for the community-at-large, members value fitness and fellowship. Many sports groups and organized fitness opportunities are available, in addition to more than twenty “Clubs within a Club” – member-based organizations formed around common interests, such as cards, boating and art.
With so many options to get involved, new members appreciate being paired with an Ambassador to learn about some of the island’s offerings.
Recreation at Dataw Island
For those who are called by the water, Dataw Island keeps you close to the sea.
Just three miles from the Intracoastal Waterway, boating to the Atlantic Ocean from Dataw is an enjoyable and scenic 30 minute ride – although many fishermen are content to cast a rod or to fly fish right here in the coastal waters of Dataw. The Dataw Island Marina offers a full service boat yard, dry stack storage, wet slips for long- and short-term boaters, fuel and more.
Several community docks are also available from which to drop a crab trap, launch a kayak or catch a sunset.
Designed to bring neighbors together.
The heart of our private golf community, the 16,000-square-foot Dataw Community Center is a place where friends connect.
Featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment, an indoor pool, dance & aerobic studio, massage & spa service rooms, meeting space and activity rooms, the hub of Dataw Island is a shared social space where residents celebrate community. The Community Center is also a gathering place for bridge groups, mahjongg, art classes and serves as the meeting space for many Dataw Island clubs and committees. Dataw Island also offers a variety of member groups to enjoy.
Affordable, convenient spa service right here on the island.
Members needn’t travel any further than the onsite Community Center to enjoy outstanding spa services such as massages and facials. The fully-licensed and NCBTMB certified Massage Therapists are trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage.
Members also enjoy skin care service such as facials, waxing, and brow and lash tinting.
Clubs & Member Organizations
One of the great features of Dataw Island is the wide array of clubs and organizations with which residents can become involved.
Organized by and run by members, the list HERE will give you an idea of the wide range of organizations found here on Dataw Island. Don’t see your niche group? New clubs are always forming!
A mutual commitment to giving back keeps Dataw Island’s community of friends connected.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Habitat for Humanity, Loggerhead Turtle Patrol, Meals on Wheels and the Special Olympics are just a few of the many organizations to which Dataw residents dedicate time and energy. See more HERE.
There is a special place just accessible only by Dataw Island: our own Oak Island, a 33-acre preserve that beckons all lovers of nature. The maritime forest nature preserve boasts dog parks, nature trails, and a long dock, stretching into the marsh and accessible to all members — take in a sunset or just enjoy a leisure walk, taking in the native flora and fauna.
Discovery Package at Dataw Island
To truly appreciate Dataw Island, we invite you to come and visit us on our Experience Dataw package.
When you choose to Experience Dataw, you will enjoy the following over the course of three days:
- A round of Golf on each of our two championship golf courses (designed by Tom Fazio & Arthur Hills)
- Playing Tennis on our Har-Tru courts
- Playing Pickleball at our brand-new facility
- A complimentary meal in our Clubhouse ($75 gift certificate)
- Keepsake Dataw gift
- Full access to the Community Center, featuring a gym, yoga studio, art studio, and indoor lap pool
- Touring the island by golf cart or on our five miles of walking trails (two days of cart rental included)
- An introduction to a Member Ambassador
- Meeting with a local real estate associate to learn more about the community and tour available homes
Whether it’s the sunset over the golf course, a superb meal with friends at the Clubhouse, a vigorous workout with a personal trainer or the perfect cross-court forehand at the Tennis Center … there’s a special distinction to life on Dataw Island. It is a difference some call … the Dataw Difference.
Our friendly, neighborly atmosphere can only be truly appreciated with an in-person visit. Inquire today about visiting us to Experience Dataw.
Contact Laura McCarthy To Learn More!
121 Dataw Dr, St Helena Island, SC 29920