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Spring island

Spring Island is a 3,000-acre, ultra low-density private island community in the South Carolina lowcountry between Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.

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A phenomenon of nature, Spring Island has not been spoiled by civilization—and never will be. Remarkably, for two centuries only four families owned Spring Island prior to the creation of the current community. For those 200 years, these four families preserved the island in its natural state for unparalleled hunting, fishing and complete enjoyment of nature. The mission of the current Spring Island owners is the same that it has been for 200 years. It is, in a single word, preservation.


In 2000, Spring Island was honored by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) with a Special Award for Excellence.

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  • The Old Tabby Links, an 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay

  • 3,000-acre maritime forest surrounded by 3,500 acres of pristine marshland and miles of A-class creeks and rivers

  • Nature Center and 1,200-acre nature preserve, with four full-time naturalists

  • 20-acre equestrian facility with 35 miles of riding trails, 24 stalls, 15 paddocks and two riding rings

  • Sports Garden with softball, croquet, volleyball, clay tennis courts and swimming

  • Fitness Center

  • Two private dining facilities

  • Thirty three freshwater and saltwater fishing lakes

  • Visiting artists program

  • Private boat ramp

  • Private docks

The major question the Spring Island Trust and the Spring Island Company asked themselves in determining a Land Management plan is “What do we want the Island to look like for future generations?” The answer is that we liked what we saw before the development began - the fabulous natural beauty of the Island, the flocks of wading birds, the fox squirrels, the majestic live oak forest, the marshes - the sense of stepping back in time. Our challenge is how to maintain that sense of place, that mystique with 420 homesites and a golf course and to create a sense of harmony between the development and the environment, between man and the land.
— Chaffin/Light, 1989



Links Magazine


“Highlights of Arnold Palmer’s Course Design Career.” The Old Tabby Links golf course on Spring Island heralded as one of Arnold Palmer’s top two golf courses.

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Luxury Living

Spring 2007

“Where Horses Reign”

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Robb Report Vacation Homes

October/November 2006

“Ground Floor: The Inside Track on New Developments”

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Luxury Living

Summer 2005

“Your Own Private Island”

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Golf Connoisseur

July/August 2007

“The Top 40 Golf Communities in America”

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Travel + Leisure Golf

January/February 2007

“America’s Top 100 Private Golf Communities”

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New York Times

February 1992

“Focus: Spring Island, S.C.; Development With an Environmental Bent”

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Golf Business

July 2007

“A Convenient Truth” featuring Spring Island and the Roaring Fork Club.

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Links Magazine

October 2006

“Old Tabby Links”

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New York Times

February 2006

“Vacation Homes: Seeking Birds, Not Birdies”

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Sporting Classics

March 2006

“Eternal Spring”

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