May River at Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton Private

    476 Mount Pelia Rd. Bluffton, S.C. 29910

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    May River and Crossroads

    May River at Palmetto Bluff

    Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    Built: 2005

    May River Golf Club is an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus masterpiece that resides in the heart of Palmetto Bluff, the ultimate in Lowcountry luxury living. Shaded by ancient oaks with fairways crafted from eco-friendly Paspalum turf, May River Golf Club is the #11-ranked course in South Carolina by Golf Digest (2023). By comparison to nearby Harbour Town Golf Links, which Jack Nicklaus co-designed with Pete Dye, the May River Golf Course opened around 35 years later, presenting a captivating contrast within the Nicklaus portfolio. May River maintains an equally understated profile, featuring numerous bump-and-run approach shots, yet distinguishes itself with Pine Valley-esque waste areas and more expansive greens. The classic course layout guides the front nine through the forest in a clockwise direction, while the back nine traces a counterclockwise path. Both nines consistently engage with the marshy wetlands bordering the May River, infusing each twist and turn with a sense of intrigue for what lies ahead. and fast conditions, revealing a varied golfing terrain with strategic considerations for players of all levels.

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    Crossroads at Palmetto Bluff

    Spanning just 54 acres, Crossroads is the latest creation by South Street Partners, designed by Tad King and Rob Collins, the duo renowned for their work on the now legendary Sweetens Cove in Tennessee and Landmand in Nebraska. Exclusive to members of the Palmetto Bluff Golf Club, Crossroads offers two distinct 9's known as The Hammer and The Press, both designed for reversibility and tailored for match play. Players will explore a dynamic landscape featuring dune ridges reaching heights of 40 feet. With bold contours and multiple teeing areas, Crossroads allows flexibility in yardage, ranging from 1,000 to 3,100 yards over each nine-hole journey. The Hammer and The Press each follow a par-36 layout, featuring a mix of par 3, par 4, and par 5 holes. The course's design emphasizes firm and fast play, with tightly mowed fairways and greens. Elevations changes of around 10 feet add to the uniqueness of the Lowcountry setting, promising one of the most distinctive golf experiences in the country. While the Jack Nicklaus-designed May River course is accessible to guests of the Forbes’ Five Star Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort, Crossroads remains exclusive to Palmetto Bluff Golf Club members, with no resort guest access at this time. The unconventional course also boasts a 34,000 square-foot "Himalayas" putting green located near the first tee.

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    The Community

    • Palmetto Bluff is an exclusive private residential community spanning over 22,000 acres between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.
    • Offers world-class spa and resort, exceptional homes, vacation properties, and an abundance of remarkable amenities for the entire family.
    • Endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure, from paddle-boarding along the May River to rejuvenating spa days.
    • Palmetto Bluff offers a variety of activities including clubhouse dining, fishing, fitness, racquet sports, shooting, bowling, and biking.
    • Premier lifestyle offerings await within the splendid, rolling landscape, from unforgettable dining experiences to friendly games at Wilson Lawn and Racquet.
    • Boating and water enthusiasts can access tranquil waterways through the Wilson Landing marina, offering kayak and paddleboard storage and hosting social events.
    • Monthly boat excursions across the Lowcountry are a beloved tradition among members, neighbors, family, and friends.
    • Palmetto Bluff's undisturbed managed forests provide opportunities for nature walks, exploration, and outdoor activities like fishing and shooting.
    • Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club serves as a recreational hub with eight Har-Tru tennis courts, six pickleball courts, two bocce courts, and a well-equipped pro shop.
    • The community harmoniously blends history with modern comforts, embodying a true sense of place.

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    Real Estate

    Wander along peaceful streets illuminated by gas lamps, where inviting wraparound porches beckon and friendly encounters await. Whether you seek the cozy charm of cottages lining picturesque streets or a more secluded haven, Palmetto Bluff has it.

    Moreland Village
    Moreland Village serves as the perfect starting point for exploring the charms of the Lowcountry. Nestled within a remarkable natural setting where forests, marshes, and waterways converge, the village offers a distinct environment. Interconnected trails guide residents to convenient amenities and inviting gathering spots nestled within the woods and along the water's edge. You can meander through the live oak trails, engage in activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, or fly-fishing in the river, and later, enjoy an evening Lowcountry boil under the starlit sky.

    Moreland Forest
    Life within the ancient tree canopies of Moreland Forest is a daily adventure. Meticulously designed to maximize the potential of Palmetto Bluff's 7.5-mile Inland Waterway and preserved wetlands, this community perfectly balances exquisite natural beauty with convenient access to Moreland Village. Situated within a short walking distance from the amenities of Moreland Village, as well as the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, the Canteen, and Lake Bales, Moreland Forest serves as an ideal destination for families. Upon completion, Moreland Forest will extend the Inland Waterway by an additional mile, resulting in a total length of 7.5 miles. Residents of Moreland Forest will enjoy the unique advantage of navigating between Moreland Forest, River Road, and Wilson Village without ever needing a vehicle. Connected through a network of existing trails to Moreland Village and River Road, Moreland Forest is conveniently situated for easy access to the amenities of Moreland Village and the headquarters of Palmetto Bluff Club. These amenities encompass Cole’s restaurant, a bowling alley, a game room, an art loft, two swimming pools, and a cutting-edge fitness center. Additionally, the area offers biking trails and community docks along freshwater lakes and Cauley’s Creek.

    The Grove
    Homes within The Grove will incorporate many of the distinctive exterior elements unique to Moreland Forest, including color combinations, purposeful blends of materials, and color palettes inspired by nature. The understated yet charming details of the Lowcountry, such as gabled roofs, shed roofs, dormers, and standing seam metal roofs, harmoniously come together to create a relaxed and inviting aesthetic. A range of lot sizes, several of which have approved dock easements along the Inland Waterway, ensures a variety of homesites to suit individual needs. The Grove, the latest enclave of homes within Palmetto Bluff's Moreland Forest neighborhood, is an embodiment of curated style and courtyard living. Here, immersing yourself in nature is as effortless as opening your door and taking a serene stroll along the lush, tree-covered trails. Offering 12 homesites and three distinct home plans, The Grove provides limitless opportunities for comfort and enjoyment.

    Wilson Village
    Wilson Village represents the culmination of extensive research into the distinct qualities of small coastal Southern towns. Providing access to the river, a variety of activities, a gourmet market, and signature shops and restaurants, Wilson Village effortlessly embodies the spirit of Palmetto Bluff. Serving as a beacon for the entire Palmetto Bluff community, Wilson Village encapsulates the vision in its purest form: comfortable, authentic, regionally responsive, and seamlessly integrated within the surrounding trees. It stands as the quintessential example of what Lowcountry architecture should aspire to be. While architectural styles may subtly evolve as you move from the Village core to other neighborhoods, Wilson Village remains a benchmark for architectural excellence.

    River Road
    An extension of Wilson Village, River Road seamlessly continues the established charm of Wilson Village while bordering the expansive 120-acre River Road Preserve. This neighborhood embraces more classic and period-specific architectural details, evoking a slightly more formal atmosphere. Recognized as the Garden District of Palmetto Bluff, River Road has been thoughtfully planned to integrate community green spaces, staying true to the landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry and harmoniously incorporating the natural environment. Conveniently positioned between Wilson and Moreland villages, River Road boasts a community garden, Cove Park, and The Lodge, an exclusive amenity available to members. The Lodge encompasses a fitness center, a playground, a dog park, a lounge area, and a zero-entry pool along the tranquil banks of the inland waterway. Serving as a bridge between the two major villages, River Road exudes a slightly more classical and timeless ambiance, all while remaining faithful to the essence of Lowcountry architecture. The neighborhood draws inspiration from historical architectural periods, bearing influences from Charleston and Savannah. Symmetry, rhythm, and classic proportions pay homage to the beauty and heritage of Southern architecture. This sense of classicism and formality extends seamlessly into the landscape designs and meticulously maintained gardens.

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