Calling Your Bluffton

February 24, 2009

Bluffton, S.C.'s Rose Hill Golf Club ceased operations a couple of years ago when its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection. Rumors swirled that condos would be built on the site. It became a true eyesore as you drove along Highway 278 outside Hilton Head.

But then...a rescue. Property owners in the community surrounding the course, Rose Hill Plantation, rallied together and bought the club last year. They hired a management company, yanked out all the weeds, and reopened a few months ago with 18 holes (down from 27). In the words of local real estate Kevin King, it's "looking pretty good."

The semi-private club, about 20 minutes from Hilton Head and half an hour from downtown Savannah, Ga., is the site of our Golf Home of the Week, a regular Deeds & Weeds feature. Thanks to our friends at the real estate site for helping us identify the home.

The address is 17 Fairway Drive in Bluffton, S.C. 29910. This three-bedroom, two-and-half bath home was built in 1994 and has roughly 2,500 square feet. Sitting on about half an acre with very mature landscaping, it overlooks the eighth hole of the West nine. The asking price: $359,000.

That, as listing agent King points out, is a pretty good price point in the Hilton Head area. Sure, you can find less expensive golf course homes in the region -- there are some tract-style homes in the mid $200,000s -- but most are far more expensive. Yes, even in this market...

Joining the club requires a one-time fee of $2,850, or you can pay $500 a year for seven years. The Rose Hill Plantation community dues are $1,500 a year.

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-- P.F.