Pawleys Island: Heaven on Earth

The article below appeared in the Washington Post written by Steven B. Roberts

When I was living in Europe with my family in the mid-1970s, we often rented houses on Greek islands. We relished being able to unpack and unplug, to fall into the rhythm of island life, to walk on the beaches, wander through the villages and wind down the day with a cool white wine and a warm pink sunset.

When we returned to the United States, we looked for a place that resembled a Greek island but wasn’t Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket (we did not want to add cocktail parties to our evening ritual). A friend mentioned Pawleys Island, on the South Carolina coast, which is not really an island at all but a glorified sandbar separated from the mainland by a narrow salt creek and a mile-wide mind-set.

In 1978, we rented a house for a week. One week became two; then we traded up to an ocean view and a third week. Four years ago we bought our own house, and if you ask me to name my favorite place in the world, on many days I would answer Pawleys.

I feel a freedom here, a quiet calmness, that I don’t feel anywhere else. Life is reduced to a few simple questions: tennis or boating? Book or movie? Shrimp or barbecue? Walk on the beach with the dogs or leave them home? (Actually, we always take them.) Every family sets its own priorities. Our best friends walk in the early morning, we prefer the evening, and that’s the whole point. No rules. Just don’t track sand into the house.

Pawleys itself is pristine and protected — just several hundred private homes, a few small inns, one egregious condo complex, no commercial enterprises. Even if every person in every house goes to the beach at the same time, it’s still pretty empty. But just across the causeway, five minutes away, is a 24-hour CVS, an invaluable source of sunscreen and Band-Aids when the house is full of six active grandchildren. And beyond the CVS lies 60 miles of coastline, stretching from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, harboring a gazillion things to do when everyone overdoses on sun and sand. The area goes by many names — the Low Country, the Grand Strand, and a new one, Hammock Coast — but I just think of it as Paradise. Or Home. Pretty much the same thing.

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Golf Magazine Recognizes Pawleys Island Golf Courses

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Plantation have been recognized by GOLF Magazine in their biennial rankings of golf courses throughout the United States. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is ranked 28th in GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”

Both Pawleys Island golf courses were ranked among the publication’s “Top 20 Best Public Golf Courses” in South Carolina. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Plantation were ranked No. 3 and No. 10, respectively. Twelve of the 20 golf courses in the list are located in the Myrtle Beach area.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Plantation are consistently honored as a pair of the finest golf courses in America by numerous national golf publications. Both are classic Strantz designs and each provide unique challenges amidst the natural beauty of the Lowcountry. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club sits atop a historic rice plantation winding through tidal marshes, freshwater creeks and giant live oaks. True Blue boasts neatly manicured fairways, rolling terrain, incredible elevation changes and expansive waste bunkers.

About True Blue Golf Plantation
True Blue Golf Plantation is a 7,126-yard, par-72 championship golf course located on the site of historic True Blue Golf Plantation, the famed 19th century indigo and rice plantation. Designed by architect Mike Strantz, True Blue emphasizes the natural beauty of the area, utilizing native grasses and vegetation and maintaining much of the character of the property. True Blue has received countless awards since opening in 1998, including being named one of “America’s Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s list of “50 Best Courses” (2010), Golf Magazine’s “Top Ten Places To Play” and “Top 25 Courses in the South” and one of the “Top 100 Courses in America” from Golfweek (2010).

About Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
Built upon the site of a historic 18th century rice plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., Caledonia Golf and Fish Club has been described as having “18 signature holes,” with holes routed around majestic oaks and meandering streams. The picturesque 18th hole borders the Plantation’s old rice field, and requires a precise tee shot that sets up a difficult second shot: a forced carry onto a green that is watched closely by the beautiful antebellum style clubhouse. The 6,526-yard, par-70 course has been named Golf Digest’s “Top 25 Courses in South Carolina” and “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”; a “Top 100 You Can Play” by Golf Magazine; a “Top 100 Modern Courses” by Golfweek (2010), South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s 2010 list of “50 Best Courses” and “Top 100 Best Courses for Women” by Golf for Women.

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Why You Should Vacation at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island

Litchfield Beach, South Carolina is located about fifteen minutes south  of downtown Myrtle Beach, SC.

Myrtle Beach, SC draws millions of visitors a year who come for the beach, golfing, shopping and lots of the other local activities. Litchfield Beach is found in Pawleys Island, SC. The area is stunning, with low density development ; the natural environment has been saved.

Pawleys Island has great nationally ranked  golf courses.

Plenty of the golf courses were built on old plantation and you can still see residue of many of the old rice plantations. So far as value of your Pawleys Island holiday, there are just a few resorts in the area with the preferred being the private communtity of Litchfield by the Sea. Litchfield by the Sea has great conveniences with an on-site restaurant, private beach access, Starbucks, spa, lazy river pool and more. Many travelers coming to the area rent one of the beach vacation rental properties. The largest benefit is the standard of vacation you get when you visit the area.

Pawleys Island has some of the finest restaurants in the south (click the Restaurant Category to the right for more info) . Plus,  you do not have to fight the busy crowds in the summertime simply to get a great meal. The beaches are also more isolated. Due to the position of Litchfield By The Sea you’ve got to be a guest at the resort to be in a position to use the private beach. As far as cost, vacationing in Pawleys Island is not very much different that Myrtle Beach. Just like Myrtle Beach there are some off the beach low cost options. However Pawleys Island has kept a low density policy on building so during the property boom the area didn’t have any new high rises built sea front. Pawleys Island beaches have been so isolated sea turtles have selected the white golden beaches to lay their eggs. Lots of the neighbors have been extraordinarily protective over these sites where sea turtle nests are usually found. While there are plenty of reasons you need to vacation in the Myrtle Beach area, the choice is clear if you need a top quality tranquil holiday, away from all of heavy traffic areas but close enough to enjoy never-ending options of fun.  Come to Litchfield Beach in Pawleys Island, SC.

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Why you should vacation at Litchfield Beach / Pawley’s Island

Litchfield Beach, SC is found about fifteen minutes from central Myrtle Beach, SC. Myrtle Beach, SC pulls millions of visitors a year who come for the beach, golfing, shopping and lots of the other local activities.

Litchfield Beach is found in Pawleys Island, SC. The area is gorgeous, with low density development ; the natural environment has been saved. Pawleys Island has some extraordinary first class golfing courses. Lots of the golfing courses were build on old plantation and you can still see remains of plenty of the old rice plantations.

As far as value of your Pawleys Island holiday, there are only a few resorts in the area with the 2 preferred being Litchfield by the Sea and Litchfield Inn. Litchfield by the Sea has great conveniences together with an on-site restaurant , Starbucks and spa simply to name a couple. Many travelers coming to the area hire one of the beach holiday houses TIP click here . The most important and is the standard of holiday you get when you visit the area.

Pawleys Island has some of the finest eateries TIP click here in the south and you do not have to battle the busy crowds in the summertime solely to get a great meal. The beaches are also more isolated. Due to the locale of Litchfield By The Sea you’ve got to be a guest at the resort to be ready to use the beach there, so you just about have a personal beach. As far as cost, vacationing in Pawleys Island is not too much different that Myrtle Beach. Just like Myrtle Beach there are some off the beach lower cost options. However Pawleys Island has kept a low density policy on building so in the property boom the area didn’t have any new high rises built sea front. Pawleys Island beaches have been so isolated sea turtles have selected the white wonderful beaches to lay their eggs.

Lots of the neighbors have been extraordinarily protecting over these sites where sea turtle nests have been typically found. While there are several reason you need to holiday in the Myrtle Beach
area, the choice is clear if you’d like a quality relaxed vacation , away from all of serious traffic areas but close enough to enjoy unending options of fun, Come to Litchfield Beach in Pawleys Island, SC.