Off the coast of South Carolina’s southern tip lies a resort surrounded by water on all four sides. To the right are the roaring waves of the Calibogue Sound, while the Harbor River flows across the remaining directions of the island. Once you take the water taxi to the resort, it is advertised as “flip-flop luxury with endless natural beauty” and miles of sandy beaches.
As lavish as that sounds, it doesn’t have a generic name like other Southeast destinations – no title relating to oceans or wildlife. It’s called Bloody Point.
It’s an alarming name, unlike any other travel spot you’ve ever heard of. Originally designed in 1991, the golf course offered players a great experience until neglect and bankruptcy hit the Daufuskie Island Club and Resort years later. But in 2011, Davis Love III and his Love Design Group was called on by new owner Brian McCarthy to restore the grounds, repairing all 18 holes while making the course more user-friendly.
The result was an environment as unique as its name. With jaw-dropping ocean views to seeing Savannah, Georgia, in the distance, Bloody Point was completely transformed.
But you came here for a story, and the history of this popular attraction goes well beyond the 1990s.
Bloody Point’s beginnings date all the back to the 1600s as Europeans settled on the unclaimed territory. In 1715, though, it became known as a battle ground. Tensions grew between settlers and the Yemassee Indians over unfair trade agreements, resulting in the Daufuskie Island being literally covered in blood.
Bloody Point was featured on Season 2 of Secret Golf last year as the show explored the history behind the area. In the episode, Roger Pinckney XI, a Daufuskie Island historian, described how canons were mounted in a boat close to a nearby sandbar just off the coast of the island. As the Indians came within sight, shots were fired and the bloody standoff ensued.
This is where it received its name. This very land which was once stained red now dwells beneath the surface of the fairways.
The locals ultimately lost their land, and as time passed farmers went on to use the rich soil for growing sea island cotton. The Gullah – descendants of enslaved Africans – also lived in the area in the early 1900s and created a labor system to profit on the growing oyster market. Plantation homes still remain on the property, along with a cemetery and 140-year-old church which still offers services every Sunday.
Locals claim there are spirits in and around a lighthouse, and if you look at the upstairs window you can allegedly spot low dancing lights. The show’s producer even went inside to take a picture and noticed a small speck of light which resembled an orb.
Don’t let that scare you, though. Both the Osprey Cottage and Sandy Lane Villas offer top-notch room amenities. For larger parties, the Oakley Place and River Road Retreat offer multiple bedroom options. There’s also pools, tennis courts, and a dock to add to the experience.
Golf courses are a dime a dozen across the United States, but the history lesson behind Bloody Point is distinctive. Road trip anyone?