What could be better than a beach vacation with our entire extended family, friends, children of friends and even friends of friends? So, this summer, we’re packing up the whole gang and heading to Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort in South Carolina’s lovely Lowcountry.
We’ve rented an amazing oceanfront house with stunning views, plenty of amenities and room for everyone. And, with more than three miles of pristine beaches, loads of Lowcountry waterways and marshes, two golf courses, tennis courts and an impressive activity center, everyone in our crew will stay as busy as they want to.
Fortunately, Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort has vacation gear for rent—the big stuff like golf carts, kayaks, fishing gear and pontoon boats—so we can leave those at home. But there are few things that we absolutely plan to pack:
With two championship golf courses plus driving ranges, chipping areas, putting greens and pro shops, hitting the links with views of the Atlantic Ocean and native wetlands will be on the agenda. For those just taking up the game, the resort offers golf instruction and private lessons. Even the kids can play on the Wee Links course and everyone can improve their game with all-age golf clinics.
With year-round play on eight clay courts and two hard courts, we can teach the kids to play and engage in some friendly family competitions. Private lessons are also available, as well as instructional programs and clinics. We can even get the parents involved with pickleball and pick up new tennis gear in the pro shop.
There is easy public beach access throughout the island, including from our beachfront house. So, we can’t forget the shovels and pails for epic sandcastle building and rafts and floats to enjoy the warm waters of the Atlantic. Since beach chairs, umbrellas, skim boards and boogie boards are available for rent, the only other thing we need to bring is a beach towel.
With an oval pool, a lagoon pool with misting cave and a kid’s pool at the Cabana Club Complex, an Olympic-sized pool and an adult pool at the Beach Club, and an adult pool and baby pool at the Ocean Point Golf Links, we’ll be bringing lots of sunscreen for splish-splashing.
This might be the perfect time to try our hand at something new. Whether it’s surfing for the first time, stand-up paddle boarding or a beach yoga class, they are all available at the island’s NALU Paddle Boarding Shop at the Marina complex.
Call us superstitious, but we can’t go fishing without our lucky angling hats. With Fripp Island having miles of waterways, marshes and ocean—not to mention charter fishing services, boat and fishing gear rentals and fishing docks—there is nothing stopping us from landing a big fish. Or at least coming home with tales of how the big one got away.
With so much native wetlands and undeveloped woodlands, wildlife abounds on Fripp Island. Whether its deer wandering through the woods, abundant birdlife along the shore, dolphins on a pontoon cruise or alligator and turtle walks, there are plenty of natural wonders to spot above—and below—the surface.
Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort features an activity and nature center. Offering a robust schedule of programming such as marsh kayaking and crabbing, the center also offers up-close and hands-on looks at some of the more curious residents of the island including turtles, snakes and alligators, as well as fish and ecological displays.
With so much coastline, Fripp Island is a shelling gold mine. So, we’ll bring our net to help uncover these wonders on the beach and along the waterway shorelines. We can also use it to help reel in the big one and catch crabs for a tasty feast back at the house.
There’s no better place to devour one of Pat Conroy’s novels than Fripp Island. He lived on the island for many years and no one better describes the sights, smells and sounds of the Lowcountry better than Pat Conroy in books like Prince of Tides, Beach Music and The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life.
With ten restaurants and watering holes across the island, we certainly won’t go hungry. From fine dining at The Beach Club to casual waterfront dining at Bonito Boathouse, family dining at Cabana Club, sandwiches at Ocean Point Grille, cold ones after a day on the links at the 19th Hole and more, there are restaurants for everyone.
With so many great places to eat, we’ll still bring snacks and beverages for reinforcement. There’s nothing better than sipping freshly brewed coffee on the deck or while strolling on the beach watching the sun rise over the Atlantic. The same can be said for a glass of wine and a spread of hors d’oeuvres in the evening as the water laps the shore and the last of the day slips over the horizon.
Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort is a family- and pet-friendly place. So, everyone in our group can bring the four-legged members of the family as well. Early morning strolls, chasing birds, digging for treasure and frolicking in the ocean are every dog’s dream vacation.