What to do today at Spring Island?

Spring Island is a 3,000-acre nature preserve and residential community in the heart of South Carolina’s fabled Lowcountry. It is located just 90 minutes south of beautiful Charleston—midway between Hilton Head Island and the charming coastal town of Beaufort. Historic Savannah and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport are less than 45 minutes away.

Although it is home to a golf course that is among the finest in America, it is not a golf community. Whether your passion is shooting, tennis, or salt-water or fresh-water fishing, Spring Island offers an array of exceptional sport.

For example, the club’s full-time fishing guide offers both inshore and offshore fishing charters aboard club-owned boats. Redfish, trout, cobia, and tarpon provide great inshore sport, while wahoo, dolphin, king mackerel, and tuna are favorite offshore game fish.

Spring Island’s 36 fresh and saltwater ponds provide another great fishing option. Bass and bream are abundant, and the ponds are an ideal place for anglers to hone their skills and for youngsters to learn the sport. The saltwater ponds are home to flounder and redfish, which are fun to catch and provide great table fare. In addition, Spring Island boasts two superb restaurants and a 13,000-square-foot fitness and pool facility.

As an equestrian, Holly Evans explains why she selected Spring Island. “You can ride through marsh, forests of Live Oak and pine, and open fields,” she says. “There are dirt roads and trails for walking, trotting, and cantering. The Spring Island Equestrian center has a 24-stall barn, a round pen, flat-work ring with state-of-the-art footing, and a larger multi-purpose ring for jumping, barrel racing, and clinics. Members ride in a variety of disciplines: hunter, dressage, gaited, and Western styles, as well as driving.

“Spring Island is close to major highways to commute to the horse shows in Ocala, Jacksonville, Aiken, Raleigh, and Atlanta. The multi-ring set up and island trails allow for a variety of training settings. Large grass paddocks allow for spacious turnout and downtime for horses. In addition, my fox hunter is able to participate in live hunting with Lowcountry Hunt. This convenient location allows for a wide variety of equestrian activities both on and off island.”

Kimberly Bisger, a Spring Island member since 2007, adds, “Spring Island has been an incredible experience for me and my horse, Blue. Blue has loved the attention and quality care that he has received from the exceptional staff.

“Spring Island’s 30-plus miles of trails, jumps, and open fields have created a variety of riding experiences. The stable has coordinated clinics that exposed me to a variety of other disciplines, including natural horsemanship and dressage. I have even been able to ride a cutting horse ‘on the flag.’ Spring Island sponsors equestrian-related trips to regional steeplechases, weekends in Kentucky, and riding excursions to plantations and beaches.

“The stables at Spring Island offer not just a great riding experience, but a very social and friendly environment for both of us. Perhaps the best part of owning a horse on Spring Island has been all of the great friendships that we have made, and since we have such an active riding community, there is always someone to ride with. Blue and I both look forward to the standing Sunday morning trail ride and brunch with fellow equestrian friends.  We are truly happy to call Spring Island home.”

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