A year in the making, the total rebuild of Sea Pines’ Ocean Course is complete and has been rechristened as Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. The first tee times will be on Monday, Oct. 3, and a formal grand opening on Sunday, Oct. 9. The Ocean Course was the Island’s first, which opened in 1962.
Naming the results of the $10 million makeover took nearly as long as the rebuild itself. Eventually five names were considered by Sea Pines management, and Atlantic Dunes was the winner. With completion of Atlantic Dunes, all three Sea Pines golf courses – including Heron Point and Harbour Town Golf Links – have be rebuilt in recent years. Sea Pines Resort Photo.
RBC has extended its role as the "title sponsor" of the Heritage Classic through 2023, and Boeing has signed an agreement extending its role as the "presenting sponsor" of the classic tournament for five years, through 2021. Therefore, the tournament's official name, RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, remains unchanged and funding assured.
RBC president and CEO Dave McKay said the sponsorship extensions “reflect our leadership position in our home market, while our support of the RBC Heritage demonstrates our strong and growing presence in the US.” News release.
Median HHI sales price...........................$307,500
Price per square foot......................................$187
Median rent per month................................$4.172
According to the Trulia Website, Hilton Head Island home sales prices (not listing prices) averaged $307,500 between May 4 and Aug. 3, 2016. This compares with a sales price of $360,000 a year ago, in June, 2015,
The price per square foot this summer was
$187, and last year it was $197/sf
Also according to Trulia...
Single residents of HHI..............30%
Median age..................................60 years
Median household income........$75,788
College educated....................... 60%
...In addition to Charleston, "another fast-growing South Carolina destination that is popular with retirees is Hilton Head Island, which is aging three times as fast as the national rate," reported The Jewish Week of New York City.
"Like many resorts, Hilton Head welcomes its silver-haired newcomers, who arrive with incomes nearly twice the local median and don’t add costly children to the public schools. About one-third of island residents are currently older than 65 — up from 24 percent in 2000 — and just 17 percent were born in the state, with more than a quarter of new arrivals coming from the Northeast."
Here's their full report, The Jewish Week newspaper. (Photo: Jewish Week)
Hilton Head Island lands a place among the 2016 Travel & Leisure magazine's list of “The World’s Best Islands” to visit, and is the only winner in the continental United States.
“What all  of these award-winning islands have in common, to be sure, is a transcendent beauty and an ability to coax any traveler into a state of bliss,” according to the magazine’s editors.
The editors describe our island: “Hilton Head, off the shore of South Carolina, is all plantation-style architecture, golf courses, and Lowcountry cuisine. And, as a key stopover on migration routes, Hilton Head is a birder's paradise."
The full list of island winners is: 1. Palawan, Philippines; 2. Boracay, Philippines; 3. Ischia, Italy;
4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand; 5. Santorini, Greece; 6. Cebu, Philippines; 7. Maui, Hawaii;
8. Hilton Head, South Carolina; 9. Kauai, Hawaii; and 10. Bali, Indonesia. (Photo: RM Miles/HHV)
...represents American Contemporary Artists with a wide diversity of styles and methods in painting, sculpture, photography, fine jewelry, glass and art wearables.
Namesake artist Peter Karis was an expressionist, who painted people, flowers, trees and objects as he interpreted them. He worked in acrylic and the subject matter was interpreted with maximum color, conveying emotion and power. Peter Karis passed away in January, 2016, but his work, like "Beach Umbrella Trio," lives on,
Karis Gallery is located in the Village at Wexford, and is open Monday through Saturday. 843-785-5100.
Every Friday night, from 7 to 10 pm, through Sept. 2, enjoy a free contemporary music concert at the Shelter Cove Community Park on the banks of Broad Creek. The entertainment is sponsored by the merchants of Shelter Cove and includes free activities for kids with a Bounce House, Juggler and Face Pain!
(Photo: HiltonHeadIsland.org and Shelter Cove)
Myrtle Beach, SC, ranks number one as America’s Drunkest Beach Town, with Norfolk, VA, taking the title for second place. This according to Vinepair, which ranked areas based on documented blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measured from June 1 through August 31, 2015, using a BACtrack device and app.
Hilton Head completely missed the list that enumerated the top 20 drinking-est beach areas. Here are the top 10:
1. Myrtle Beach, SC 0.117; 2. Norfolk, VA 0.104; 3. Charleston, SC 0.102;4. Wilmington, NC 0.091; 5. Pensacola, FL 0.09; 6. Palm Bay, FL 0.088; 7. Ocean City, NJ 0.08; 8. Delray Beach, FL 0.078; 9. San Diego, CA 0.077; 10. Santa Cruz, CA 0.074.
While DUI laws vary by state, the DUI.Drivinglaws.org says, “Legally, in all states you should not be operating a motor vehicle with a 0.08 [or higher] percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC).” (Image: MADD)
The just-released Hilton Head Island population growth numbers show that the town grew in proportion to other similar South Carolina beach resort communities, such as Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.
However, HHI lagged behind nearby Port Royal and was a substantially slower grower than Bluffton and Hardeeville. That's a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. Here are the numbers and percentages as provided by the US Census Bureau.
The permanent population of HHI is about 40,000, but swells in summer to 250,000+/-.
The HHI Kiwanis Club annually raises money for children's charities by sponsoring their "Burnoff," where area barbecue joints compete to determine who is the best in preparing the South's favorite food: grilled and smoked ribs and pork butt (or shoulder). For us non-competitors, the winners' list serves as a guide to the places that we need to visit during the ensuing year--until the next Burnoff's results are determined. So, above is this year's list of just-crowned winners.
TripAdvisor has named Hilton Head Island one its Top 10 US island destinations in its 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The island's among-the-best listing is based on readers' reviews, which were collected at the Website.
TripAdvisor says Hilton Head Island is “a golfer's paradise” and lists 275 other activities for visitors -- with the top five being the bike trails, Coligny Beach, boat tours, Sea Pines Forest Preserve and the Coastal Discovery Museum.
The top 10 are: Maui, HI; Key West, FL; Oahu, HI; Hawaii, HI; Mt. Desert Island, ME; Hilton Head Island, SC; Amelia Island, FL; Marco Island, FL; Chincoteague Island, VA; Mackinac Island, MI. (Photo: Trip Advisor)
...are in full-swing after after hosting this year's Heritage Classic... and undergoing a series of course enhancements over the summer. Celebration Bermuda is now greening the tee boxes, fairways and roughs. Tif-Eagle Bermuda was planted on the greens. A new irrigation system also was installed.
At the center of it all is the new 44,000 square foot, $23 million HTGL players' facility that was named the best “New Public Clubhouse of the Year” by Golf Inc. magazine. Open to the public, tee times available at 843-732-7463. (Photo: RM Miles/HHV)
128,000 readers voted in the 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards
by Conde Nast Traveler -- and Hilton Head is a winner!
The Inn & Club at Harbour Town took two awards:
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton ranked
Hilton Head Island itself ranked
...Maybe. Take a look at what is speculated for Hilton Head Island here, or navigate the interactive map--link at right--to see which South Carolina areas will be below sea level rise and at what times.
The Surging Seas tool also provides statistics of the populations, homes and land areas that might be affected by city, county and state. It also offers links to fact sheets, data downloads, action plans, embed-able widgets and more. (Image: Climate Central)
WINTER ~ Oct. 1 through March 31
Dogs allowed on beaches at all times provided they are leashed or under voice-control.
SPRING ~ April 1 to Thursday before Memorial Day
Dog allowed on beaches at all times; however, between 10 am and 5 pm they must leashed or under voice-control.
SUMMER ~ Friday before Memorial Day to Monday after Labor Day
Dogs NOT allowed on beaches between 10 am and 5 pm; however, at other times dogs are allowed when they are leached or under voice-control.
FALL ~ (i.e. late Summer) Tuesday after Labor Day to Sept 30
Dogs allowed on beaches at all times; however, they must be leashed between 10 am and 5 pm; at other times, voice-control is sufficient.
Exceptions ~ (There are always exceptions!)
Mitchelville Beach Park, Fish Haul Park and on Hunting Island State Park
Dogs are allowed at all time but must be leashed.
Maintenance: At all times owners MUST pick up after their dogs and dispose of it in the appropriate bins, which often are placed at public beach entrances. Source: Town HHI Rules.
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128,000 readers of Conde Naste Traveler magazine have voted Charleston, SC, the nation's (and world's) friendliest city! Neighboring Savannah took third place in the USA and seventh in the world. Read the magazine's story here. Conde Naste Traveler photo.