Located on Port Royal Island, the city of Beaufort is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind only Charleston. It has been a popular spot for arts and entertainment throughout the years and has been featured in prominent major motion pictures like Forrest Gump. Its thriving arts scene is matched only by the natural beauty of the area, which draws in tourists from around the world and captivates them with relics from the U.S. Civil War, still seen today with historic ruins and Antebellum-style architecture.
Given its geography, Beaufort is perhaps best known on the sporting landscape for its golf, with an arsenal of world-class courses at its disposal. If you’re in town for a tournament or event, regardless of the sport, consider a stay at any of Beaufort’s fine lodging establishments, including The Beaufort Inn, Best Western Sea Island Inn, or the Fripp Island Resort.
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- Burton Wells Park
- Fripp Island Resort
- Dataw Island Club
- The Legends at Parris Island
- Lady’s Island Country Club
- Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Burton Wells Park
The Burton Wells Park encompasses a 300-acre recreational complex that features three baseball and softball complexes, a community recreation center, passive use facilities, picnic areas, walking and nature trails, lakes, an interpretive botanical garden, and tennis and basketball courts. The park routinely hosts baseball and softball tournaments as well as soccer and lacrosse.
Sports: Baseball, basketball, boating, fishing, softball, tennis
Fripp Island Resort
Fripp Island is home to a pair of glorious golf destinations in the Ocean Point and Ocean Creek courses, both at Fripp Island Resort. Set against the lively backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean on 10 of its 18 holes, Ocean Point offers sweeping vistas designed by George Cobb. Located on the south end of the island, the Ocean Creek course provides panoramic views of the Great Salt Marsh and freshwater lakes, while rolling dunes make for challenging play.
Dataw Island Club
Dataw Island epitomizes Lowcountry golf, where two 18-hole courses take full advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings. Traverse grounds covered in live oaks that date back hundreds of years as well as Civil War-era ruins. The Cotton Dike course was renovated in 2011 and features emerald fields and fairways with a winding creek. The Morgan River course underwent a renovation of its own the following year and challenges novices and professionals with a strategically demanding layout.
The Legends at Parris Island
As one of the premier courses in the entire Lowcountry and one of the top military golf courses in the world, the Legends at Parris Island has a unique history that can’t be missed. Each hole is named after a legendary United States Marine who either trained or stationed on Parris Island, including National Baseball Hall of Fame member Roberto Clemente.
Lady’s Island Country Club
Beaufort’s oldest golf club is a staple for statewide tournament and LGPA play, since its Pines course is in excellent, tournament-ready condition. The course features 22 sand bunkers, elevated tee boxes and champion Bermuda greens deep-set against a heavily wooded area. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy the course, which ranges between 5,200 to 7,000 yards long.
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
This beautiful park is the crown jewel of Beaufort. The park is set against the backdrop of the Beaufort River and the Woods Memorial Bridge and is flanked by restaurants and shops in historic downtown. The host site of Beaufort heritage festivals, special events, and community events, this iconic park has something special to offer everyone.
Sports: Fishing, dragon boat races, croquet
What is There to Do in Beaufort?
Take a guided tour through historic downtown and the Point by foot, horse-drawn carriage or van with one of the local tour services.
Created as a national monument in 2017 and redesignated a national park in 2019, Reconstruction Era National Historical Park offers guided tours as park rangers educate guests on Civil War stories and period-specific medicine.
Located 15 miles east of Beaufort, Hunting Island State Park is one of the few undeveloped Sea Islands remaining in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Visitors can spot loggerhead turtles, deer, alligators, diamondback rattlesnakes and more while enjoying a beachfront stroll.
Dedicated to the history of the odd buzzing instrument, the Kazoobie Kazoo Factory & Museum celebrates the device with one of the largest collections of kazoos found around the world.
The exquisitely beautiful downtown Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park offers plenty of picturesque spots to grab that perfect Instagram photo or to eat lunch by the water.
How to Get to Beaufort?
If driving through the Lowcountry, Beaufort is most accessible via U.S. Route 21, an offshoot running south from Interstate 95. If flying in, Hilton Head Airport (HHH) is 38 miles away, while Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) is 48 miles away.
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