Located along the still waters of the Okatie River in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Berkeley Hall offers the perfect blend of private club sophistication and Southern hospitality. While the landscape is plentiful, the homes and homesites are in limited supply. In fact, Berkeley Hall is the lowest density private course in the Southeast with an average of 5.3 homesites per hole. With two world-class Tom Fazio golf courses and a stunning Jeffersonian-style Clubhouse, the club experience is balanced out through a range of indoor and outdoor activities designed for the entire family. It all comes together, perfectly, in one community.
The club has received numerous accolades such as a Platinum Club of America 2021-23, by Club Leaders Forum, and a Distinguished Emerald Club by Boardroom Magazine, signifying its reputation as one of the most prestigious clubs in the country.
The newly released Platinum Club individual club rankings list Berkeley Hall within the Top 50 of the nation’s Top 150 country clubs and the #2 ranked Platinum country club in South Carolina.
The club has also been named among the “Top 100 Golf Communities” by Travel & Leisure and “Top 100 Premiere Properties” by Links Magazine. Golfweek has also named the North & South Courses among the “Best Residential Courses” in the United States.
The location of Berkeley Hall is ideal- 10 miles from the beaches of Hilton Head Island, 30 minutes to downtown Savannah and 90 minutes to Charleston. Only about 10 miles from I-95, it’s easily accessible from anywhere on the East Coast. Just outside of the gates of Berkeley Hall, you will find numerous restaurants, a movie theater, grocery stores (one of the largest Kroger’s in the country is just down the street and it even has a BAR inside!), shopping, urgent care facilities and a new micro-hospital, a microbrewery, numerous churches and schools (public and private), and even a bowling alley and entertainment center within ONE mile. In fact, most of the new development in Bluffton is happening right outside the gates of the community which makes the location ideal! Bluffton is a town that has everything from the historic Old Town district filled with local restaurants, art galleries, shops & parks to the commercial strip of 278 with every type of shopping available (Sam’s Club to 2 large Tanger outlet malls to great local boutiques)!
“Berkeley Hall represents pure golf at its finest, a celebration of everything that is great about the game. Every round feels like a walk in the park.” – Tom Fazio
The 980-acre property is unique among top private golf communities. With two world-class Tom Fazio golf courses and a stunning Jeffersonian-style clubhouse that form the “Core” of the community, the 554 homes/home sites are arranged around the 36 holes’ perimeter allowing two walkable classic courses that feel more like a golf retreat.
The golf experience at Berkeley Hall is a seamless blend of natural wonder and architectural craftsmanship. Fazio designed two courses, known simply as the North Course and the South Course. While each has its own distinct personality, both are superbly routed with a seamless blend of balance, variety and flow. With no interior homes or roads, these two “core golf” courses are inspired by the classic designs of the 1920s, such as Riviera Country Club, Winged Foot and Seminole. With routing that meanders through an open coastal landscape framed by seaside grasses, each course also delivers dramatic elevation changes, beautiful water features, and bold strategic bunkering that showcase the architect’s artistry.
The North Course
“The North Course at Berkeley Hall is one of the finest and most dramatic courses I have designed.” – Tom Fazio
The North Course is a scenic marvel with tranquil lakes, rolling fairways and bunkers that strategically frame heavily contoured greens. Its elevation changes, open vistas and liberal use of native grasses give the North Course a unique beauty unrivaled by any course in the Lowcountry.
The South Course
“We may have saved the best for last…” – Tom Fazio
The South Course offers a classic parkland golf experience, featuring majestic live oaks, loblolly pines, azaleas, and crepe myrtles, which accentuate the course routings against a backdrop of golden marshes along the pristine Okatie River. Tree-lined fairways, glistening lakes and bold contoured green complexes create a dramatic and challenging Lowcountry gem.
The Golf Learning Center is also one of the top in the country and the members are constantly there working on their games or attending complimentary clinics from one of the pros. The beautifully designed state-of-the-art center includes four climate-controlled hitting bays, a “super bay” with the latest swing analytics technology such as TrackMan 4, a mobile canopy structure allowing practice regardless of weather, a short game complex, with four full size practice greens complete with replica practice bunkers, and a Tru-Putt carpet indoor putting area with mirrors and Sam PuttLab system.
Both courses have just been enhanced with new drainage systems and Billy Bunker systems and have been named “Best Residential Courses” by Golfweek.
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Berkeley Hall also offers scores of other wonderful activities from tennis, pickle ball and kayaking and paddleboarding to an amazing fitness center with an indoor pool and full service spa! The 35,000sf Jeffersonian clubhouse is the center for all social activities and features 6 dining areas and the food is wonderful, rivaling the best restaurants in town. A fresh “upscale Lowcountry look” was given to the Clubhouse during the recent renovation in 2021/22 and now features a breathtaking 4 Seasons Veranda, a 5,000 square foot addition to provide year-round dining in a climate-controlled environment, taking full advantage of panoramic golf course views.
There are also sidewalks throughout the community which make daily walks enjoyable as well as nature trails if you’d prefer to do your exercise “off piste”. The club also offers monthly food trucks down at the River Park and the clubhouse now even DELIVERS dinner 6 days a week, if you prefer to dine inside your own home. There is always something going on at Berkeley Hall, whether it’s virtual wine tastings with neighbors, live music on the Verandah from local musicians and bands, weekly card games from Mahjong to Poker, or the signature holiday events from the 4th of July week of festivities, culminating in a massive fireworks show to oyster roasts on the River over Thanksgiving.
However, the people truly make Berkeley Hall a special place as the residents are vibrant and active and the staff provides a wonderful experience in each area of the club which makes it feel like you are living at a 5-star resort.
FINANCES AND FEES
The annual POA dues at Berkeley Hall for 2023 are $24,230 which include your golf membership (both courses, 365 days a year and use of learning center, complimentary instruction), use of all community amenities- indoor and outdoor pools, fitness, tennis, pickleball, complimentary kayaks & bikes, 24/7 gated security with security patrols always driving around to check on homes and neighbors, and there is no minimum F&B spend at the clubhouse. The one-time initiation fee (paid at closing) is $65,000.
Another highlight of Berkeley Hall is its financial position. The club has NO DEBT and a healthy $6mn sitting in a capital reserve fund.
Like the club lifestyle, the location, and the overall spirit that permeates throughout Berkeley Hall, the real estate offerings are in complete balance. Here, you can find or build the home that is ideally suited for your family and your lifestyle. Inspired by distinct Lowcountry architecture and expertly crafted, Berkeley Hall homes range from grand estates to Lowcountry inspired cottages. Whether your home is overlooking the river, nestled alongside the golf course, or situated in a close-knit cul-de-sac, you are a part of the Berkeley Hall family.
- Golf Cottages– these 4BR/4BA, 3,200SF Charleston style cottages are best suited for Members looking for a part-time residence with income potential as these can be rented short-term through the Club to other Members and their guests. Price range $550,000-$700,000, resales only.
- Lifestyle Cottages/Carolina Homes- Distinctive neighborhood with 41 homes; 3 or 4 BR, with several floor plans ranging from 2,100-3,200 SF. Screened lanais; most with pools and/or spas/outdoor kitchens. Some with outdoor fireplaces. Located close to all amenities. Fantastic “Lock & Leave” option as separate POA covers all exterior maintenance. Price range $600,000-$800,000, resales only.
- Lifestyle Homes- Perched on either lagoon or wooded homesites, homes range between 2,500-4,000SF with a focus on outdoor living; expansive screened lanais, pools/spas/water features, outdoor kitchens. etc. Price range $800,000-$1mn+ NEW construction & resales available.
- Estate Homes- Dramatic river, marsh, golf, lagoon or wooded views, all with generous setbacks, homes range between 2,800-10,000SF, with most 3,500-5,000 SF. Price range $1,300,000-$3,000,000, NEW construction & resales available.