As a golf destination, you might say Charleston has arrived. Consider:
• Kiawah Island resort hosted the 2012 PGA Championship, played at the youthful yet legendary Ocean Course.
• This year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur took place at the Country Club of Charleston, concluding last week.
And don’t forget the “War by the Shore” (the 1991 Ryder Cup won by the U.S. at the Ocean Course), plus numerous state and regional events and special tournaments that have taken place in the Charleston area in the past two decades.
Of course, golf can be described as a bit dry, popular with only a comparatively small core of fans.
But don’t tell that to Sharon Kucharski, who had a close encounter with the Women’s Amateur last week.
“My home … sits on the green of the fifth hole (at Charleston Country Club),” says Kucharski, an agent with Carriage Properties in Charleston. “The USGA tournament was in my backyard, and it was amazing.”
The recent attention that Charleston has received in the golfing world is not lost on local Realtors, who are aware that most golf courses attract home construction or are included in a master planned community or resort.
Chris Pouyat, agent with Brand Name Real Estate, is listing a house in Stono Ferry. The Hollywood neighborhood is home to The Links at Stono Ferry golf course.
“The course itself was ranked No. 1 in South Carolina for public golf courses,” he says.
Even before the recent blitz of big name tourneys, metro Charleston built a following as a golf course community and proved to be a popular place for new neighborhoods, resorts and gated villages that include a golf course or two (or five at Kiawah Island) among its amenities.
At least 18 communities with homes on the market support a golf course. According to the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, more than 1,000 homes are for sale in those neighborhoods. Golf country clubs can be found as far removed from Charleston as in St. George and Moncks Corner. Wild Dunes posts the most listings at 207.
Pouyat, who plays golf, says the sport complements other activities in communities such as Stono Ferry. The village is “home to polo match and (horse) races,” and sports a clubhouse.
Besides, many golf communities include homeowners who aren’t interested in the game, or they like to play but don’t want to live right on the course. “I would say 50/50,” Pouyat says. “If you are a golfer, like I am, you like to be on the course.”
But some places such as Stono Ferry don’t have many homes built right up to the fairways and greens. That doesn’t mean the homes sport bad views.
On the contrary, Stono Ferry builders prefer another prime attraction to locate homes. That’s the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs alongside the course in places.
But the course remains a draw. Golf communities are designed in such a way so that the lots are slightly larger than the typical acreage in a non-golf neighborhood, Pouyat says.
“You get a little more bang for the buck,” he says.
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GOLF COMMUNITIES AT A GLANCE
At least 19 golf communities and resorts in the Charleston area claim residences, and more than 1,000 homes currently are on the market in those enclaves. Here’s a look at the properties in order by number of homes for sale. It also includes highest and lowest listed home prices in each community.
1. Wild Dunes, 207 listings: $39,900-$3.5 million.
2. Seabrook Island, 199: $65,000-$2.9 million.
3. Kiawah Island, 119: $55,900-$6.5 million.
4. Dunes West, 97: $140,900-$2,199,000.
5. Wescott, 88: $80,000-$305,000.
6. Legend Oaks, 74: $132,900-$438,900.
7. Rivertowne, 64: $335,000-$4,750,000.
8. Charleston National, 43: $250,000-$2.6 million.
9. Coosaw Creek, 41: $234,000-$1,899,999
10. Shadowmoss, 37: $115,000-$432,895.
11. Pine Forest, 31: $100,000-$499,900.
12. Stono Ferry, 24: $184,900-$1,999,999.
13. Daniel Island Park, 23: $599,000-$4,895,000.
14. Kiawah River Estates, 19: $199,900-$669,500.
15. Country Club of Charleston, 8: $459,000-$6.5 million.
16. Bulls Bay, 4: $525,000-$1,550,000.
17. Berkeley Country Club, 3: $89,900-$259,000.
18. Briars Creek, 2: $1,850,000-$4,950,000.
19. St. George Country Club, 2: $249,000-$315,000.
Source: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.
A boat passes by The Country Club of Charleston course, which hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament earlier this month (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Daniel Island Park sports two golf courses, Ralston Creek and Beresford Creek, with houses along both layouts (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The Golf Club at Wescott boasts a two story clubhouse (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course was the site of the 2012 PGA Championship (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Charleston National Country Club in Mount Pleasant is one of the more than 20 top courses in the Charleston area (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
An amenity center with swimming pool and other attractions is one of the highlights at Stono Ferry (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Shade trees guard this house at Charleston Country Club (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A swimming pool is next to the golf course at.Pine Forest Country Club in Summerville (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This townhome property is on 7th Green Drive at Stono Ferry, which is located in Hollywood (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Mansion-like houses skirt golf courses in Daniel Island’s Park section (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
The College of Charleston golf teams practice at The Links at Stono Ferry (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This idyllic view across march is at Cassique, a golf course villageon Seabrook Island (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A golfer takes a swing on the Wescott course in North Charleston (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Lush grass highlights the entrance to this home at Stono Ferry Plantation (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A small statue of a boy holding a golf club fronts this Wescott Plantation residence (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Tall trees flank a sprawling house on Stono Links Drive in Stono Ferry (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×