Dolphins in the wild, ocean-side lodging and sea-side golfing?! This week I embarked on one of my favorite golf trips to date at Haig Point in Hilton Head.

I wasn’t kidding when I said dolphins in the wild! They greeted us in the intracoastal waterway from the deck of our room at the Haig Point Mansion after we arrived by ferry to Daufuskie Island on Tuesday and were still there when we ventured down to the docks in the evening for a breathtaking Carolina sunset just before dinner.

Daufuskie Island is the ultimate getaway, but you won’t be able to get away too quickly once you get there – there are no cars allowed! That’s right, we parked our car on Hilton Head Island before taking the ferry over and were given a souped-up golf cart upon arrival to cruise around Daufuskie to the beach, historical district and equestrian stables.

For a second you can almost take a step back in time, looking at the Haig Point Mansion that was conserved via transport from Sea Island, GA, with historically marked plantation ruins to its left and giant oaks draped in Spanish moss dotting the landscape – but then your gaze drifts to the shoreline and you are awed by the island’s own modern mansions that bring you back to the present.

Before hitting the links on Wednesday morning we took the water taxi to Harbor Town for dinner at CQ’s and a nighttime stroll around the Harbor Town lighthouse at the docks. The air is so clear there, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by all the stars twinkling over the ocean.

But don’t stay up too late, because a championship golf course awaits you in the morning. Pack your sweater because if the cool sea breeze doesn’t get you at Haig Point, the Rees Jones design undoubtedly will. But don’t worry, it’s worth the early wake-up call and the extra golf balls to have the entire course to yourself.

29 holes dot the northeastern tip of Island. That’s right, I said 29! Why the odd number? With a 9-hole family-friendly track called the “Osprey” and the focal 18, “Haig Point” – the intelligent design gifts you alternate routing on a few “Calibogue” holes to test your skills over the marsh and to wow you from the ocean-side tee boxes.

Good thing the views are so good it will allow you to forget your scorecard! For a 17 handicap like me, that can spray it at times, the narrow course is not very forgiving – but let me tell you it’s a lot of fun! We came a week after the over-seed — combine that with the limited traffic, the course condition was pristine.

Finish your round with the clubhouse’s famous Rueben, with a side of mouth-watering sweet potato fries and a sweet tea on the porch and you’ll never want to leave. I know we didn’t!

One thing’s for sure, Haig Point gave us a 30th birthday celebration for Mitchell that we’ll never forget. Who knows, maybe we’ll take after the likes of Jim Nantz and stay on the island during the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage at Harbor Town 😄

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