Operation Santa Claus

One of the most popular charitable programs among Colleton River Club Members is Operation Santa Claus. For almost 20 years, Members have organized this holiday effort that supports local families in need. With the help of area school social workers, families from the US Marines at Parris Island, Family Promise and other Bluffton social service organizations are identified. And our Members made their holidays brighter through the effort that includes providing gifts, food, books and clothing. We always say that we get just as much out of it as those that received the donations!

Colleton River Dog Park

Our 4-legged friends and their guests enjoyed the Grand Opening of our Dog Park! The 1 acre fenced Park includes two separate
areas – one for larger dogs and another for smaller pups. The Park offers dog watering fountains, seating areas for Members and parking for both cars and golf carts.

Kayak Club

The Kayak Club celebrated almost 9 years in existence with a 3 mile paddle on the Colleton River.

Learning Center

Fall is one of the best times of year to work on your game. We are fortunate to have the Learning Center where exciting programs such as PGA Coaching, Bagger Vance Golf Schools, Learning Center clinics, Fall Fitting Days, and Patriot Golf Day are held. Be sure to sign up for the next opportunity to “Get Better At Golf.”

Kent’s Corner 7/19/18

Tree Assets

Perhaps one of the most impressive things Colleton River has to offer both residents and guests is a majestic tree canopy. Specimen live oaks and towering loblolly pines adorn nearly every street throughout the community.  According to longtime residents, the original developers recognized this resource and made every attempt to build the community not “through” but “among” the specimen trees. Years ago, affectionate Colleton River tree enthusiasts embarked on the Colleton River Charter Tree Program to identify, date, and register the live oaks. Effective immediately, the agronomy team will begin cataloging, photographing, and locating these important tree resources on a map to further foster this worthwhile program.  Members with information pertaining to the Colleton River live oak registry are urged to contact Karen Berry at karenb@colletonriverclub.com to help assist with this project.

To further protect and preserve our tree resources, Colleton River Agronomy and Estate Services now offers trunk injection services. This treatment is an alternative to foliar spraying or soil drenched pesticides for tree insect or pest control. The process injects formulations of nutrients, insecticide, or fungicide directly into the trunk where it can be quickly taken up by the vascular system and distributed throughout the tree. Our teams recently performed systemic injections to thirty pines on the tenth and eleventh holes of the Nicklaus course in jeopardy from Ambrosia beetle. We believe these steps are an important part of caring for one of Colleton River’s greatest assets.

Kent’s Corner 7/10/18


Course Stewardship

Each morning during normal service of the course our teams repair ball marks, fill divots, retrieve broken tees, and rake the course bunkers.   Additionally, we schedule team members to come back and address divots and debris on the par 3 tee boxes after lunch. We believe this level of service helps to improve the golf experience. While we hope to repair every divot, retrieve every broken tee, and fix all of the ball marks, we ask that members remain conscious of proper golf etiquette. Freshly made ball marks are easier to repair than pitch marks that remain unattended overnight. When repairing a ball mark, it is best to avoid lifting or prying up on the indention. Insert a ball mark repair tool or tee at the edge of the indention and heal the mark by lightly pressing down and toward the center of the damaged area. Make several successive nudges toward the direction of the incoming shot and then tap the area down with the heel of your putter (See Diagram). As we prepare to regrass the Dye course collars, the dormant turf areas around the perimeter of each green are prone to ball mark indentations. Please address these areas as you would normally repair ball marks on the green itself.

In the June 30, 2017 addition of Kent’s Korner, we addressed the need to properly dispose of broken tees when a trash receptacle is not available. At the time we asked players to avoid discarding them on the low-cut teeing surfaces where they could potentially damage a reel mower. To help facilitate this process, we will soon be installing broken tee caddies on the first tees and the par three tees on both golf courses (See attached photo). These inconspicuous containers are set below grade and are designed to look like a sprinkler head. Please do your part to keep Colleton River Club pristine and dispose of tee litter appropriately. Thank you for your kind stewardship of the course. 

Tee caddy adjacent to the par three 13th tee on the Dye Course.