SHOWCASING INSPIRING SPRING STYLES.

Photography: Guido Flueck | Stylist: Brittany Smart | Hair & Makeup: Johanna DeAngelo | Models: Ryan Leal | Myranda McAfee | Gigi Bailey | Special thanks to Moss Creek for letting us shoot at their beautiful location 

Coastal South Carolina and coastal Georgia are home to many of the country’s top 100 private residential golf communities, as rated by Links magazine. From Sea Pines to Savannah Harbor, the area is ripe with lush greens just waiting for hackers.

Two of the most iconic and most visited historic towns in the U.S., Savannah and Charleston, draw millions of tourists, and Hilton Head Island does pretty well, too. Many play golf while visiting, and some decide they want to retire to the Lowcountry. The mild climate, dramatic marsh vistas, live oaks, palm trees and the availability of vast tracts of affordable land all favored development of high-end residential communities centered around golf.

Amid the live oaks and the Spanish moss of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, there is a private golf community in the heart of Bluffton, where like-minded souls come together to live, laugh, celebrate, and play.

Hampton Hall is a private community and club conveniently located just minutes from Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Beaufort. The club experience is focused on bringing people together – friends, family, members and guests – and it’s designed to evolve and adapt to the members’ wants and needs. Each amenity (championship golf, state-of-the-art health & fitness center, resort-style pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce) blends seamlessly with the others to create the total experience. One that can be shared with the whole family and is the source of cherished memories again and again.

CHURCH OF THE PALMS TRIES TO OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

As part of the United Methodist Church, Church of the Palms strives to provide help, hope and a spiritual home. 

“Knowing we are called to especially care for the least, the last, and the alone, we focus on providing help through application of our resources, including time and skills,” said the church’s pastor, Pete Berntson. 

THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.

When you’re traveling and head-ing towards the coast, the scenery changes before you. The palmetto and Live oak trees stand guard on either side of the winding road, while Spanish moss waves in the wind as the unofficial flag of Lowcountry, South Carolina. This is a place where time slows in order for you to appreciate your surroundings. Friendly is the default greeting, and that is also an apt description of the private Lowcountry golf community of Berkeley Hall.

Haig Point is a charming sea island community only one mile across the sound from the southern tip of Hilton Head Island. There is no bridge to Daufuskie Island. Residents and guests drive electric carts to the eclectic points of interest in and around the Island. The pri-vate ferry system and water taxis ensure connectivity to the abundance of dining, shopping and cultural arts options nearby.

Blessed with natural beauty, Haig Point is naturally protected, unpreten-tious and safe. The Island itself has a soul that is both calming and stimulating. From the coastal views, shady mari-time forests and tabby ruins to the simple Gullah houses that are original to the Island, character is in no short supply.

Outperform your dreams. Perfectly situated between Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston, you’ll find Dataw Island, one of South Carolina’s hidden gems. Off the beaten path and sur-rounded by nature, yet close to the beach, shopping, history, and fine and perform-ing arts.

Dataw Island is a gated golf, tennis and boating community where members are very active in social and sporting activity, as well as in philanthropic ventures.

TOWN OFFICIALS SEEK SOLUTIONS TO BACTERIA LEVELS

He’s spotting more bottlenose dolphins in the May River than ever, and the oysters, fish and crabs seem to be doing fine. But Larry Toomer, owner of Bluffton Oyster Co., has noticed that new homes are springing up on the river’s banks and boat traffic has increased — not always good omens for the river’s health. 

“I’ve been working on the May River for 30 years and I’m out there almost every day, weather permitting,” he said. “From the water you can see it. Everybody wants to live on the river.”

What does it mean to be Southern now in America? The South as a region is more layered, more diverse in culture and thought than stereotypes and much of literature would have it. Distinctive music, food and, to borrow from Southern author Julia Reed, a certain “never meet a stranger” civility, are alive and well, despite recurring predictions that the region’s ways would be absorbed into broader American currents. Instead, the South has become a net exporter of culture–and a net importer of people.

INFLUENCERS ARE INSTAGRAM USERS WHO HAVE USED THEIR CREDIBILITY AND VOICE TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE. BECAUSE HILTON HEAD ISLAND AND BLUFFTON ARE PICTURE-PERFECT, MANY NATIONAL AND LOCAL BRANDS LOOK TO PARTNER WITH INFLUENCERS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY. MONTHLY REACHED OUT TO SOME AND ASKED THEM TO SEND US SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE LOCAL SHOTS. HERE’S WHAT THEY SHARED WITH US.