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Colleton River Plantation

Colleton River Plantation

When legendary actor and director Robert Redford needed a golf course with exceptional scenery and beautiful landscapes for his movie The Legend of Bagger Vance, he chose Colleton River Plantation's Pete Dye Course.

Built in 1999, the Course was named to Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Courses in the U.S. just six months after opening. Golf Digest Course Critic Ron Whitten says, "Colleton represents another stage in the continuing evolution of Pete Dye architecture. It is at least as good as Harbour Town. It is a total package of Pete Dye strategies and invention."

Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus collaborated on Harbour Town Golf Links, which hosts the Verizon Heritage Classic, an annual stop on the national PGA Tour. As if a course designed by Dye wasn't enough, Colleton River Plantation is also home to an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

According to Golf.com, "Of the Nicklaus courses, Greg Norman once said this course is the best layout Jack Nicklaus ever built. The design includes tree-lined fairways, water hazards and marshlands that come into play on twelve holes."

Both courses have earned their share of accolades since inception, most recently named Golfweek's Best Residential Golf Courses of 2006.

In addition to the two championship 18-hole courses, Colleton River Plantation has a 9-hole Par 3 Augusta National-style course and a practice facility with two double-ended practice areas.
Peace and Beauty
Sales Agent Tom Jackson with Gateway Realty is equally impressed with the clubhouses that overlook the courses. On the Nicklaus Course, "every room looks out over Colleton River," he says. Eight holes on the Dye Course are visible "from all angles of the clubhouse, over rivers and marshes."

For some, the exceptional golf would be enough to buy within this beautifully landscaped gated community in Bluffton, but golf is only the beginning.

"Its all about the land," adds Tom. "The land is spectacular."

Entrance into Colleton River Plantation is two and a half miles of forest preserve before reaching the 1500 acre peninsula, making the community both peaceful and quiet according to longtime resident Rob Sedgwick, a real estate agent for Carson Realty. Sedgwick has specialized in selling homes on Colleton River Plantation for more than a decade and understands many of the nuances that make the plantation great.

"[Homeowners] have led successful active lives," says Rob and continue to do so. "They are a benevolent group of people that have built four Habitat for Humanity homes." The homes were funded, built and staffed by residents. "Many were on the board of the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club," helping to start the local club. Still others have adopted the three-mile stretch of Sawmill Creek Road adjacent to the plantation, using their own manpower to keep it clean and free of trash and debris.

True Tennis Facility
Colleton River Plantation's Stan Smith Tennis Center was designed by the Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee that bears its name. Smith was ranked No. 1 in 1971 and 1972 after winning the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. The center programs and clinics are led by Tennis Pro Gavin Cox. Facilities include five Har-Tru courts that satisfy both beginners and advanced players.

Colleton River Plantations 3500 square foot fitness center is located in the Nicklaus Clubhouse and includes a state-of-the-art cardio theater that overlooks the Colleton River offering spectacular sunsets. Other equipment includes Cybex circuit training and fitness classes.

Fitness can also be easily achieved by walking, running or biking the miles of trails throughout the community. After a hard work out, residents cool off in the Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool.

"The pool is heated with five lap lanes and a kiddie pool," says Rob. Residents can spend the day relaxing and even order lunch delivered poolside.
Homes, Land and Water
One of the Lowcountrys favorite past times is fishing and Colleton River Plantation has made sure that its residents gain full access. There is a community dock on Great Heron Lake, stocked with freshwater bass. There is also a marina and a day dock for boats to moor on Colleton River and where Rob says has "great saltwater fishing."

The 1500 acres that make up Colleton River Plantation are limited to just over 700 homes says Tom. "Land starts at $150,000 up to $2.3 million," he says.

There are currently 280 homes built or under construction on the property. Developers are also releasing 130 lots to the buyers that were initially held back according to Rob.

Lots can be purchased today with no time limit on building a home. Investing in property in the unique peninsula community that is Colleton River Plantation means endowing a future that includes the simple things in life  fresh air, natural beauty, well-being and some of the greatest golf youll ever play.

Tom Jackson of Gateway Realty can be reached by email at Tom@TomCJackson.com or by phone at (843) 757-7710.

Rob Sedgwick of Carson Realty can be reached by email at colletonriver@aol.com or by phone at (843) 227-2212.