A Local’s Guide to the Best Charleston SC Country Clubs

As one of the Top Places to Live and Retire in the U.S. - Charleston, SC offers the ideal combination of beautiful year-round weather and endless entertainment.  Charleston presents the perfect balance of old and new. Living in the South Carolina Lowcountry feels like a permanent vacation.  Below we highlight some of the Charleston SC country clubs.  

Beyond the beaches and quaint downtown, you can enjoy resort-style amenities, championship golf courses, social events, and exclusive dining at some of the best country and yacht clubs in the nation. 


What Are The Best Charleston, SC Country Clubs?

Explore the one-of-a-kind luxuries at Kiawah and Seabrook Islands or the private amenities at a number of other Charleston country clubs. Once you find your community at one of these fine establishments, let us help you find your nearby home. 

  • Country Club of Charleston

Located on James Island, the Country Club of Charleston is the oldest Country Club in South Carolina. It began its “golf club” in 1786! With a rich history in the game of golf, the club continues to offer access to the sport to both members and non-members.

The Country Club of Charleston hosts the famous Azalea Invitational golf tournament annually just before the Masters, and held the Women’s US Open in 2019.

The pristine course offers stunning views of the Charleston Harbor and the 12,000 sqft clubhouse has undergone 2 renovations, offering residents fine dining options, private event space, and a grand lawn.

  • Briars Creek

Few Charleston SC country clubs compare to the majesty of Briars Creek on Johns Island. What began as an intimate getaway from Kiawah Island, now commands the attention of Golf Digest and other renowned publications. Designed by Rees Jones, few golf courses offer a more stunning backdrop. Briars Creek members rave about the amenities and service offered.  Homes and homesites are in high demand. See our Briars Creek page for membership information, a map, and ownership opportunities.

  • Yeamans Hall Club

In Hanahan, South Carolina, about 15 miles north of Charleston, you will find Yeamans Hall Club, an exclusive, members-only golf club ranked as one of the "Top 100 Golf Courses in the World" by Golf Digest. Golf enthusiasts will love this hidden gem.

The course is extremely private and was designed by Seth Raynor in 1925 with wide fairways and greens. Many of the proprietary members of the club reside on the 900 acre property.

  • The Links at Stono Ferry

Recently ranked among the “Top 15 Courses You Can Play in SC 2021” by Golfweek, Hollywood, SC’s Stono Ferry Golf Course should be on the bucket list for any true golf enthusiast.

The front nine fairways wind through centuries old pines, while the back nine overlooks the intracoastal waterways of South Carolina. The Stono Ferry Fitness Center offers 2200 sqft of cardio, free weights and aerobics and partners with Chuck Town fitness for personal training and customized fitness plans. 

Amenities are not lacking either - new luxury club cars feature visage GPS technologies, online food ordering is available, as well as craft beer!

With a rich history dating back to the Civil War and American Revolution, no other club in Charleston can match the value for the overall experience of The Links at Stono Ferry.  

  • Shadowmoss Golf & Country Club

Shadowmoss Golf Club is found north of Charleston and is easily accessible off of I-526. The semi-private club offers golf specials throughout the year at their 18-hole course making it a great value option for those visiting or with families.

Members can enjoy even greater discounts and access to member-only facilities. Shadowmoss also boasts a driving range, putting greens, and a junior Olympic sized swimming pool.

  • Snee Farm Country Club

Centered in Mount Pleasant, Snee Farm Country Club is a private club featuring a championship golf course along with swimming pools, tennis courts, a full-service restaurant, and more!

Members will have access to a calendar of social events including holiday parties, dances, cookouts, and live music. The Snee Farm Country Club offers a dual membership program with RiverTowne Country Club making it one of the best value golf communities in Charleston, SC.

  • RiverTowne Country Club

RiverTowne Country Club is also located in Mount Pleasant with Snee Farm Country Club. The club features an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course – one of the only golf communities in Charleston, SC to hold that honor.

The RiverTowne Country Club is semi-private, meaning the public can utilize the golf course, but members will receive exclusive deals and benefits such as unlimited rounds and access to exclusive events. There are a variety of memberships available all offering a range of benefits.


Charleston Yacht Clubs - A Brief Overview of the Best

  • Carolina Yacht Club

The Carolina Yacht Club is an invite-only membership community located off East Bay Street. Founded in 1883, it is one of the longest-standing, active Charleston, SC country clubs.

The club has a boat ramp and hoist available to its members along with a bar and grill restaurant available to the public.

Carolina Yacht Club hosts various sailing programs and regattas throughout the summer season including Charleston’s largest summer regatta: the Carolina Yacht Club Invitational Regatta.

  • Charleston Yacht Club

Located in Charleston City Marina, Charleston Yacht Club was founded in 1934.  The yacht club focused on a love for water sports. This passion continues today in their numerous boating activities.  Today, the yacht club offers sailing programs and hosts regatta championships.

Charleston Yacht Club members enjoy docking privileges along with invites to events such as cruises, dinners, and parties. Members receive discounts on rentals at the Charleston Yacht Club and reciprocal access to yacht clubs around the world.

  • James Island Yacht Club

The James Island Yacht Club is located further from downtown Charleston off of Stiles Point near Melton Peter Demetre Park (Sunrise Park to locals). Referred to as The Best Club on the Charleston Harbor, James Island Yacht Club is a family-oriented club offering panoramic views of the harbor and cityscape.

The club offers member-exclusive facilities, such as a boat launch and banquet hall, and annual events, like oyster roasts, fishing tournaments and sailing races.


An Introduction to Charleston’s Sea Islands

You will find true treasure in the pair of sea islands just southwest of Charleston, near Johns Island: Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. Just a 40-minute, scenic drive away from The Holy City, these islands offer a wide range of golf courses, outdoor sports, activities, shopping, dining, and anything else you could possibly need!

Schedule a complimentary island tour with us at Pam Harrington Exclusives. We will show you the “ins and outs” of the islands, including the best restaurants, parks, activities, and more!

  •  Kiawah Island, SC

With world-class amenities and activities for the entire family to enjoy, Kiawah Island is a coastal community unlike any other. This private, residential island boasts 10 miles of pristine beaches, stunning natural landscapes, and some of the most desirable real estate along the East Coast.

The island is also home to two distinct clubs that offer property owners the chance to experience championship golf, tennis, swimming, dining, boutique shops, spa treatments, and country club social events.

Greet the sunrise with an early morning walk along the beach, play an afternoon round at Pete Dye’s Ocean Course, and gather with family and friends for a delicious dinner overlooking the Kiawah River.

As soon as you set foot on Kiawah Island, you’ll see why it was ranked one of the “15 Happiest Places to Live On the Coast” by Coastal Living Magazine.

  • Seabrook Island, SC

Seabrook Island is another great option for those who are searching for the best Charleston, SC, country clubs. This Lowcountry retreat is filled with verdant marshes, gorgeous stretches of beach, and an abundance of wildlife. In fact, the island was named “Best Restored Beach” by The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

In addition to its peaceful setting, the island is home to countless activities and events. The island is a prime destination for crabbing, fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

Your club membership with the Seabrook Island Club also includes access to two championship golf courses, including Oceanwinds, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a tennis courts and racquet club, an equestrian center, a fitness center, excellent restaurants, two oceanfront pools, beach access, and more.

With so much to do and see, you’ll only wish you had moved here sooner.

Experience Charleston Country Club Living at Its Best with Pam Harrington Exclusives

Selection is not limited when it comes to Charleston country clubs and it doesn’t have to be with your Charleston dream home either. Let Pam Harrington Exclusives assist with your home search! With plenty of listings for sale on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, Mount Pleasant, and the surrounding Charleston area, we can help you narrow down the options.

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