Dataw Island Named “Best Golf Community” and One of The “Top 100 Planned Communities”

Ideal-LIVING magazine has named Dataw Island, “Best Golf Community” and one of the “Top 100 Planned Communities.”

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“The ‘Best of the Best’ feature honors those areas and communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s editor and associate publisher Kelly Godbey.

Dataw Island has shown continued dedication to delivering a world-class golf experience to its members and guests while also being a responsible steward of natural resources. Brian Hollingsworth, the Director of Golf Maintenance for the community’s two courses, has maintained both 18-hole golf courses as Audubon Sanctuary-certified and has developed a water stewardship program that includes use of captured rain water and effluent water.

“We are blessed with a gorgeous natural backdrop here in the Lowcountry,” says Hollingsworth, “and our team is committed to preserving that beauty not just for this generation but for many to follow. We are proud of our environmental accomplishments and are grateful for the recognition as one of the ‘Best of the Best.’”

Hollingsworth oversees both Tom Fazio’s “Cotton Dike” course and Arthur Hills’ “Morgan River” course. Both renovated and with brand new cart paths, they are uniquely-designed to ensure a pleasurable round for golfers of all abilities, as they wind gently through tidal marshland, beautiful natural vistas, and live oaks dating back hundreds of years.

In fact, the ideal-LIVING readers and editorial committee seem also to be enchanted by the Lowcountry; of the ten communities named, four are in South Carolina: Dataw Island, Callawassie, Kiawah, and Long Cove. And yes – all in the Lowcountry!

Dataw Island also offers its members a tennis facility recognized as an “Outstanding Private Tennis Facility” by the United States Tennis Association, croquet lawns unrivaled in the region, bocce, kayaking, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness facility with a yoga, onsite physical therapy, and spa services, as well as social and philanthropic clubs and organizations too numerous to mention.

For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. On their announcement online, ideal-LIVING wrote, “Planned communities have increased in popularity over the last 25 years and continue to do so each year….The conceptualizing, planning, designing, and developing of a community ensures that homeowners’ needs will be met. The developers not only create an environment conducive to a healthy, happy lifestyle, but they also create a real sense of community where residents can enjoy new friends and make new memories. It’s a place where you can find unity of body, mind, and spirit.”

Dataw Island is a fantastic place to find that unity of body, mind, and spirit. For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit or call (843)838-3838. With real estate options ranging from the $200s to over a million, and flexible membership programs (also available to those living off-island), you will find that Dataw Island is truly one of South Carolina’s hidden gems.

CLICK HERE to see virtual tours of the Dataw Island golf courses.