Welcome to the South Carolina Lowcountry and it’s Sea Islands…
As you travel south on South Carolina’s Highway 21 you begin to notice the subtle charms and alluring beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The beautiful and historic town of Beaufort, South Carolina, offers a warm welcome to this part of the world we call home.
Rich in culture and natural beauty, this area is often chosen as the backdrop for blockbuster movies such as the Prince of Tides, The Big Chill, Forrest Gump, Something to Talk About, The War, Jungle Book, The Great Santini and many others. Please take a few moments to explore our website to help you better understand what the Sea Islands of Beaufort South Carolina have to offer you.With a myriad of year round activities available for residents of the Lowcountry, an exciting day and another enjoyable evening is always just around the corner. For outdoor lovers there is boating, sailing, fishing, crabbing, shrimping, kayaking, bird watching, beach combing, biking, golfing, and tennis. And for those rainy days, there are arts festivals, cultural events, performing arts, world-class cuisine, and local history unlike anywhere else in the world. Click on the links provide to visit some of our communities and other some of the many Sea Islands in and around Beaufort South Carolina.
Looking for Fripp Island Houses for Sale? You’ve come to the right place! Fripp Island real estate is quite affordable, around 30 to 50 percent less than similar property on nearby islands such as Hilton Head and Kiawah. You can enjoy numerous amenities as a Fripp Island real estate owner, including two championship golf courses, 10 tennis courts, a yacht club, a health club, swimming pools and restaurants. The island has a friendly neighborhood feel with approximately 800 year-round Fripp Island real estate owners as residents. When asked about island life, most Fripp Island owners answer passionately “to live in harmony with nature is a wonderful feeling.”
FRIPP ISLAND CLUB
Fripp Island Club caters to the active family oriented lifestyle and shares a strong commitment to excellence. From fine dining to championship golfing, membership at the Fripp Island Club offers the best in first class amenities. Good times and long lasting friendships are an integral part of Fripp Island Club. Fripp Island currently offers a variety of membership opportunities for property owners - From non-resident Social memberships to Full resident membership. For information on all Fripp Island Club memberships, please call (843) 838-1528.
FRIPP ISLAND GOLF
PGA champion Davis Love III’s first signature course was named “one of the top 10 new courses you could play” when it was first built in 1998 by Golf Magazine and was selected for a similar top 10 design honor by The Golfer.There is a good reason. Fripp Island’s newest course is lovingly carved from land so exotic that it was used as a movie setting for scenes in both Forrest Gump and Disney’s The Jungle Book.Ocean Creek is framed by what Jacques Cousteau has called some of the world’s most fertile and pristine salt marshes. Five holes are edged by marsh, while another six incorporate interior wetlands, preserved and connected to the course through a network of wooden walkways and bridges.Four rolling dune lines provide another key design element. Some of these ridges climb as high as 15 feet as they weave across fairways. Like the critics, you’ll find Davis Love III’s Ocean Creek a timeless salute to golf’s best traditions.
18 HOLES BY GEORGE COBB
Fripp Island’s oceanfront prize, designed by George W. Cobb, the talented design consultant for Augusta National. Recently the classic seaside course was revamped to offer even more dramatic views of the Atlantic and a keener sense of playing an authentic links design. New features include elevated tees and undulating dune perimeters on many holes.
Visual treats are part of the fun. The seaside 18th green is one of the island’s best vantage points to watch dolphin frolic. Suffice it to say that a camera would be a wise addition to your golf bag.
HISTORY OF FRIPP ISLAND
Is a 6.546 sq mi (16.954 km²) island just off the coast of the U.S. state of South Carolina, located along the Atlantic Ocean about halfway between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. The most seaward of the South Carolina Sea Islands, Fripp Island is renowned for its scenic beauty and island resort amenities.
The island is named after Captain Johannes Fripp, a British sailor charged with protecting the Carolina crown colony from Spanish pirates. Once a private hunting range, a bridge built in 1961 connected Fripp with Hunting Island State Park, U.S. Highway 21, and nearby Beaufort and began to stimulate residential development. Within 10 years, the island had built a golf course, tennis courts, a marina, and a variety of homes and condominium units that would serve as the benchmark for development for the next thirty years. In 1994, the island underwent its final major development phase on its southern end, with development more or less completed by 2000. An additional golf course designed by Davis Love III was built, as well as a new community center and an expansion of the marina.
Fripp Island is not a municipality, though operates a security force, fire brigade, and has a property owners association (FIPOA). The Fripp Island Resort is the leading rental provider on the island, though it is possible to rent independently or through an off-island company. Often seen as an alternative, affordable, and less “touristy” destination compared with its large neighbor Hilton Head Island, Fripp has garnered national attention as a leading beach destination in South Carolina. It still remains relatively un-crowded in comparison to Hilton Head and commercial activity is heavily restricted.
Fripp has also been featured in several Hollywood films, including Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides, and Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book.
The island is a major loggerhead turtle hatchery and an active group of residents works to make the beaches safe for the laying turtles by observing outside lighting precautions during nesting seasons and protecting nests from predation by humans, raccoons and other animals.
Fripp Island is just 45 miles from I-95 and 19 miles from Beaufort, SC. We’re at the end of Highway 21. A detailed map of Fripp Island may be found by clicking here.
If You’re Driving …
Going South: Take Exit 33 (Point South). Follow signs for Beaufort and US Highway 21. Stay on Highway 21 to the Fripp Island Bridge.
Going North: Take Exit 8 (turn east/right). Follow Beaufort signs and turn left on John Smith Road. Turn left on Highway 170 & 278. Stay on 170 (right) when roads split.Turn right on 802, go past Parris Island. Turn right at the first light. Follow 802 over Lady’s Island bridge. Turn right at Highway 21. and continue to Fripp Island bridge. If you find that you still have questions about Fripp Island please call or email us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving mileage to major Cities:
Atlanta 300 • Augusta 120 • Charlotte 240 • Chicago 910 • Cincinnati 650 • Columbia 145 • Myrtle Beach 195 • New York 805 • Washington 535
If you’re flying, here is your mileage to local airports:
Hilton Head 55
Unlike Beaufort, North Carolina (which is pronounced BO-fort), South Carolina’s Beaufort is pronounced BYOO-fort.
Fripp Island residents can enjoy a pleasant semi-tropical environment all year round. The summer months bring a 88 degree high average temperature. Swimmers will be happy to hear the Atlantic Ocean reaches a balmy 80 degrees in summer. Winter high temperatures are approximately 60 degrees on Fripp.
Golf cart is the favorite means of leisurely transportation on this resort island. Many residents rely on golf carts as their primary means of transport. Vacationers can forget cars and join the fun by renting carts by the day or week.
Fripp Island has six pools located throughout the island. Whether you’re a baby or a Baby Boomer you can find the pool that is just right for you. Our most popular poolside escape can be found in our newest development,Ocean Creek. Ocean Creek includes our acclaimed Davis Love III golf course, plus a $3 million Cabana Club complex with stunning seaside poolscapes.
FRIPP ISLAND MARINA
The Fripp Island Marina is a full-service facility on Old House Creek. The marina is located just miles from the Intracostal Waterway.
Offers every service and convenience for your boating needs.. The staff will be happy to get your boat ready to go, using the in-out ramp service. If you prefer to ready your own boat, take advantage of the marina’s gasoline and diesel services, as well as the pump-out station. The knowledgeable staff can offer docking assistance, or tell you about our boat cleaning service.
If you are interested in leaving your boat at Fripp Island, the marina has 65 convenient wet slips, and 120 dry slips for long-term storage.
For everything else boat- and water-related, the Marina Store is your destination. Here you will find restrooms and showers, for those leaving or returning from a boat trip. Make sure your boat is stocked with live and frozen bait, tackle, sunscreen, ice and drinks, or pack your cooler with sandwiches and salads from the deli.CHARTER SERVICES
Let’s not forget charter fishing! Choose offshore or inshore fishing, accompanied by one of our experienced charter guides. If you choose offshore fishing in the Gulf Stream, chances are good you’ll catch sailfish, mahi-mahi, barracuda, kingfish, marlin, wahoo, grouper or snapper. If you prefer inshore fishing, the South Carolina coast is the place for you. Trout, flounder, red drum, cobia, tarpon and Spanish mackerel are plentiful around Fripp Island.
The Fripp Island Resort Marina is proud to host a number of Fishing Events throughout the year. They kick off the season in May with the annual Fripp Island Marina Memorial Day Kingfish Tourney. Enjoy a Lowcountry boil for dinner, and hit the water at sunrise. At 6 p.m., all fish are weighed in, and prizes are awarded for the largest king mackerel, wahoo, delphin, cobia or Spanish mackerel. A youth angler prize is given to fishermen 16 and under who catch the largest fish of any category.
In September, it's the the annual Labor Day Kingfish Tourney. Catch the largest kingfish or Spanish mackerel and you win! A youth angler prize is given to fishermen 16 and under who catch the largest fish of either category.
Fishermen ages 6 to 15 have their own event, the Kids’ Fishing Tourney, in November. Held the day after Thanksgiving, fishermen angle for trout, bass, flounder, spot and croaker. Participants can fish from the marina docks, a boat, in the surf, your private fishing hole or from the Maxwell Memorial Bridge. There’s no entry fee, but fishermen must supply their own rod, reel and tackle. Prizes are given for the largest fish in each category.
Fishing, crabbing, and shrimping are allowed in all salt water areas off Fripp Island. These are popular recreational activities on the island that do not require a permit or license as long as what you catch is used for personal consumption only. However, you are required to have a permit or license when any of the activities listed above are conducted from a boat. Please note that oyster and clam gathering should be done in designated areas only because regulations change frequently. Consult the Marina for the latest information.
Charter boats may be arranged at the Marina Store (843) 838-1517 or by calling Fripp Island Excursions (843) 838-1518. For more marina information and navigational directions, call (843) 838-1517.
FRIPP ISLAND TENNIS
Fripp Island’s 10-court Racquet Club complex, Offers year-round play and instruction on eight soft, Fast-Dry courts plus two hard surface courts. Teams & Tourneys – Fripp Island’s Tennis centre calendar includes sanctioned spring and fall tournaments, a fall college invitational showcasing nationally-ranked women’s teams, regular tennis socials, and just-for-fun mixers in winter.
Ask about Fripp’s team getaways packed with fun social activities, drills, instruction and prizes. Fripp Island Tennis Club can tailor a program to your interests.
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