Your South Carolina guide
A handy guide to holidaying in South Carolina. From where to spot dolphins, the best golf courses and weather we have it all covered.
When to go
Indulge in southern hospitality
Experience a genuinely warm welcome in this charming state, which combines grand architecture with incredible scenery and a subtropical climate. Relax along the coastline and sample southern barbeques, try their famous Low Country Boil and experience a wealth of history, all whilst surrounded by first-class golf courses.
We share our top four holiday hotspots in South Carolina below. Hopefully, you will discover somewhere new for your next golf vacation.
You are never far from the water in Charleston, the opportunities to take a sunset boat tour spotting dolphin, to go deep-sea fishing or simply do some kayaking in the local waterways, are very accessible and fun for all.
With the international airport, just minutes outside of town, it’s a great place to begin or end your golf tour. Courses such as Charleston National, RiverTowne and Wild Dunes are all on the edge of town, meandering their way through the low-country’s unique scenery and on occasion offering stunning views of the ocean.
Charleston has so much to offer and should be part of everyone’s visit to South Carolina.
You’ll find five courses onsite, the most famous being Pete Dye’s Ocean Course – a must-play for all golf enthusiasts. The Ocean Course has hosted some the game’s biggest tournaments, most notably the 1991 Ryder Cup (the ‘war on the shore’) and Rory McIlroy’s emphatic 8-shot PGA Championship victory in 2012, a Major that returns to Kiawah in 2021. Simply put, it oozes championship golf.
If you enjoy an active holiday explore the waterways by kayak, take the kids fishing or discover the abundant wildlife by hiking or biking.
Hilton Head is synonymous with chilled summer holidays, with 12 miles of beaches - from secluded coves to those perfect for water sports. One of South Carolina’s most beautiful locations, it also has historical importance and offers a number of cultural activities, including the Coastal Discovery Museum, Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the local WineFest - all excellent activities if you want to get to know the area better.
- Explore Charleston through a two-hour walking tour of the city exploring secret gardens, hidden alleys, and amazing views of Fort Sumter.
- South Carolina is awash with national forests, museums, beaches, historic towns and beaches so be sure to bring suitable clothing for all kinds of activities.
- Visit places off the beaten track such as the historic district where you can visit old homes, churches and gardens through Charleston Strolls's tours.
- The current state sales tax rate in South Carolina is 6%.
- Tipping is customary throughout the service industry. 15% to 20% in bars and restaurants is the norm.
Golf Vacation Specialist
Golf Vacation Specialist, I advise clients on golf courses and accommodation options for our US and overseas trips