Shipyard Real Estate - Hilton Head Island, SC
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A small portion of shoreline touches the Atlantic, which is where the Sonesta Oceanfront Resort is located near the community’s beach club. Shipyard is one of the island’s smaller neighborhoods containing less than 2,000 residential properties, but the beauty of the pines, oaks, and tropical foliage spreading across the acreage compels residents and vacationers alike to enjoy the peaceful scenery
Two security gates offer full-time Security guards.
Shipyard Plantation History:
Shipyard was the second plantation community for the Hilton Head Company. Development began in 1970 to compete with Sea Pines's hold on the golf and tennis resort market. The Hack family kept ownership of Shipyard much as Fraser had done with Sea Pines and the McIntosh family with their Spanish Wells land, even through the sale of Port Royal in 1971 to the then-new Port Royal Group. Originally, Shipyard Plantation was planned as the sister development of the residential Port Royal Resort. The developers' main marketing strategy was to attract tennis enthusiasts to Shipyard's new racquet club, directed by Billie Jean King. Before starting this community, the Hilton Head Company had already sold off all its oceanfront land to fund other projects and so had to turn around and buy back a couple of lots at much higher prices. These lots gave Shipyard only 500 feet along the water, but Shipyard's developers realized even this small shoreline was better than none. Prices for Shipyard lots were originally as low as $44,000. Design supervisors from the McGinty & Dye architectural firm also planned for the community to allow for much more space than the two previous plantations, including no more than five units (or homes) per acre
Amenities available include golf and tennis, sunning on Shipyard’s short stretch of Atlantic beach, 12 miles of biking and jogging trails, or fishing in the freshwater lagoon system that holds massive large mouth bass and several reptile species. The newly renovated Shipyard Beach Club is private, with reserved parking for community owners and their guests only.
Golf and Tennis:
Shipyard Plantation’s golf club is home to three public-access 9-hole courses, all with a recent switch to Bermuda grass. Two of them—the Clipper and the Galleon courses—have been occasional hosts to the Senior PGA Tour. Known as one of the best racquet clubs in the country, the Van der Meer Racquet Club boasts 14 clay and six hard-floored courts for a total of 20 championship courts. One is in a stadium and three others are indoors. Dennis Van der Meer, the club’s owner, bought and renovated the property almost 20 years after Billie Jean King worked as Shipyard’s touring pro. Rick Meek began teaching here soon after leaving the ATP tour in the early 1980s and now manages the club’s operation. Various clinics are offered during the week and throughout the weekend, up to 20 hours in length, and occasionally can be run by Dennis Van der Meer himself.