FRIPP ISLAND – SOUTH CAROLINA’S UNSPOILED BEACH RESORT by Jan Pringle
Once an ancient hunting ground of the Yemassee Indians, Fripp Island, South Carolina was acquired in Colonial times by a swashbuckling English Sea Captain named Johannes Fripp. Capt. Fripp was a hero in battles against the French and Spanish and was rewarded the island for his heroism.
Today Fripp Island is still beautiful and is lush with tropical foliage, indigenous palmettos and pines. Miles of saltwater creeks, canals and the Atlantic Ocean surround this still uncrowded family resort.
Located just minutes from Historic Beaufort, Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort is now being discovered by families, golfers, tennis players and anyone who loves the beach and nature. The fact that Fripp Island is one of the most affordable resorts makes it even more attractive. Plus, no other ocean resort is any closer to get to from West Cobb than Fripp Island.
Its unspoiled beach is perfect for family outings, vollyball, or just relaxing. Some enjoy surf fishing, and others enjoy bo surfing. Early walks on the beach will see shell seekers or maybe ever the turtle patrol locating a new nest where the loggerhead has laid her egg.
The beach is complemented with two award-winning championship golf courses, superb tennis facilities, marina and some of the best fishing on the East coast. Visitors enjoy observing the wildlife and are amazed at how tame the deer are as they meander throughout the island and often sneak a cracker out of a golf cart.
This small island is almost a nature theme park as dolphins are often seen swimming in the creeks and if you’re a golfer, you might have to take a “drop” because your wayward ball has nestled up against an alligator sunning on the bank of a water hazard.
Golf is one of the more popular amenities on Fripp and golfers who play its two award-winning, championship courses during summer vacation often come back in the Fall and Spring with their favorite foursome to take advantage of the off season rates. The SC Golf Panel think so highly of the courses they recently voted both courses at Fripp Island in their top 50; the only resort or club to have both with this distinction.
The most unheralded activity at Fripp just possibly could be Tennis. Tennis hopefuls from all over the Southeast come to Fripp Island to take lessons from tennis pro, Troy McMullen. His daily drills and stroke of the day provide guests with cost-effective tennis lessons, and many ALTA teams enjoy coming as a group.
Camp Fripp, (ages 3-12) is really popular with kids and parents. The day camp provides a great way for the kids to explore the island and learn about nature, make crafts, build sandcastles and enjoy the pool or the beach.
Accommodations include oceanfront and oceanview homes and villas, as well scenic homes and villas on the marsh, golf course and tennis. Many homes have decks where guests can see magnificent sunsets, each one displaying colors so spectacular all one can do is take a deep breath and realize how truly special this place is. Families often decide to return again and again. For more information 1-866-966-2485 or www.frippislandresort.com.
Next Month’s WC VACATION PICKs are two of our favorite unspoiled beach’s, Georgia’s own St. Simon’s, a charming and quaint beach paradise, St. Simon’s Island and St. George Island in Florida.