The South Carolina Yacht Club was created in reminiscence of the early social gatherings to be “the” club for the most interesting residents and travelers to Hilton Head Island. Upon registering the name “South Carolina Yacht Club,” club founder and Windmill Harbour developer, James N. "JR" Richardson, Jr, worked with designer Florence Hawkins of Florence Hawkins Interiors to “live up” to the name. JR was involved in every detail of the design. The Catesby Room was named in honor of Mark Catesby (1683-1749), the first American naturalist/illustrator of American natural history. Catesby’s hand-colored fish renderings displayed in the club represent the first study of fish in the Carolinas. The blue and white porcelains, which fill the antique breakfront in the foyer, were brought into the club’s décor to represent early exports with the exchange of spices for porcelains by Chinese sea traders. The walls are covered with original maps that were hand-drawn and colored from the first explorers to our area. In the Bluefish Room, the recessed ceiling proudly displays burgees from yacht clubs our members have visited and brought home from around the world. JR spent hours selecting the colors and design. Attention to detail in the club design was the basis to her beauty and enables members and guests to experience the history and culture of South Carolina.
The South Carolina Yacht Club opened on July 1, 1989 with an event attended by 700 guests in black tie. It was a beautiful evening. A night of nights on Hilton Head Island. Over the years, Leslie and JR Richardson have worked together to create a club that provided a casually elegant ambience, fine culinary experiences, and a warm, friendly staff. The South Carolina Yacht Club has been a special project for them. The South Carolina Yacht Club members are from all over the Island, the Lowcountry, across the United States, and around the world. The South Carolina Yacht Club is a “safe harbour” for her members.
Contact the Club
South Carolina Yacht Club
10 Yacht Club Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Clubhouse: 843-681-SCYC (7292)
Pro Shop: 843-681-3100
Sailing Office: 843-342-2628
Directions by Boat
GPS Latitude: 32° 12' 54.49" N
GPS Longitude: 80° 46' 59.57" W
We are within the locked Windmill Harbour Marina, located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just ½ mile south of the Pinckney Island Bridge at mile marker 558, 500 yards south of channel marker 27, and ½ mile north of channel marker 29 in the Calibogue Sound.
Directions by Land
From the Mainland - Highway 278 and I-95
After crossing the bridge onto Hilton Head Island, turn right into Windmill Harbour Plantation. Once inside, you will veer to the right and travel along Crosstree Drive until you see a sign for Yacht Club Drive. Turn left ontoYacht Club Drive, travel approximately 1/4 mile and the Club will be directly in front of you. To get to SCYC's Sailing Office, Sports Center, tennis courts, and swimming pool, please continue on Crosstree Drive for approximately 1/2 mile. You will see a parking lot and tennis courts on your left, as well as a sign for Deustch Sports Center. Ample parking is available for your convenience.
From Hilton Head Island- Highway 278
Heading towards the Mainland, turn left into Windmill Harbour Plantation (WMH is the last plantation on your left before you cross the bridge to the Mainland). Once inside, you will veer to the right and travel along Crosstree Drive until you see a sign for Yacht Club Drive. Turn left onto Yacht Club Drive, travel approximately 1/4 mile and the Club will be directly in front of you. To get to SCYC's Sailing Office, Sports Center, tennis courts, and swimming pool, please continue on Crosstree Drive for approximately 1/2 mile. You will see a parking lot and tennis courts on your left, as well as a sign for Deustch Sports Center. Ample parking is available for your convenience.
Please call (843) 681-4844 if you would like to tour our beautiful Club. We will be delighted to arrange a guest pass for you at the gatehouse of Windmill Harbour.