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 Posted On Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kickoff for Dataw Island's Third "Habitat House" Build 
“Although Dataw is credited with raising the funds for two houses, I wouldn’t say Dataw has only built two houses – through their involvement and support in the women’s build and other support & involvement, the community has been involved in all 52 that we’ve built!"
 Posted On Friday, December 27, 2019
GM Ted Bartlett honored by members 
General Manager Ted Bartlett Honored with a Brick on the Dataw Heritage Walk: This week, a large contingent of members chose to honor General Manager Ted Bartlett with a permanent brick emblazoned with his name on the Dataw Heritage Walk. Upon suggestion of Joel Holden, members of 11 of the island’s most popular clubs on Dataw Island joined in the effort to thank Bartlett for his continued service. The group included members of the Croquet Club, Dataw Cares, Dataw Conservancy, Dataw Historic Foundation, DIGA, Dataw Island Quilters, DITA, DIWGA, DIYC, Garden Club, and VAC (and their numerous sub-clubs.)

“Ted Bartlett has dedicated himself to constantly improving Dataw Island,” said Holden. “It seemed right to honor him for his outstanding service.”

And, Holden said that when he sent his idea out by email to see if there was any interest, it became immediately apparent that he is in good company in appreciating Bartlett’s service. “Almost immediately I began receiving emails back saying ‘A resounding Yes!’ and ‘Of course!’ and ‘Why hasn’t anyone thought of this yet?’” Holden admitted he had the idea on his mind for some time, but with Bartlett coming up in January on his 11th anniversary of managing Dataw Island, the timing felt appropriate.

The Dataw Heritage Walk was started in 2009 as a fundraiser to permanently house our collection of artifacts and Dataw history, and it is located between the BB Sams Plantation Ruins and the Cannery parking area. The brick walk begins under an arbor of vines and serpentines toward the ruins. A careful observer will note the names of 200+ Dataw residents and employees and the years they first came to Dataw carved into bricks along the pathway – purchased either by themselves to celebrate their time here, or purchased by another person or group in honor of someone they collectively admire, as in the case of Bartlett.

During the open session portion of the DIC Board Meeting Monday, Holden surprised Bartlett with the dedication.

“I stood up and said, ‘There is an important correction to be made on Dataw, something is missing’” Holden said with a chuckle, explaining he could see Bartlett starting to look around in wonder of what this surprise problem may be. “Then I told him that a large group of residents are very enthusiastic about correcting this thing that is missing, and I presented the brick.”

“Thank you for this kind gesture, it is truly humbling” says Bartlett. “Dataw Island is really a special place, and nothing embodies that more than our members’ genuine appreciation for the service of staff. For your generous contributions at the holidays and sincerity you show throughout the year, thank you on behalf of all staff.”

Bricks are still available and cost $150 each; to dedicate one or purchase one for yourself, please contact Peter Pearks at (843)838-2506.

 Posted On Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Luminary Night 2019 
Happy holidays from Dataw Island!
 Posted On Thursday, October 31, 2019
Pledge the Pink Flocks to Dataw Island 
Dataw Island members rolled out the pink carpet for 1500 Pledge the Pink...
 Posted On Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Voted "Best Community in Beaufort" 
The readers have spoken...and Dataw has won FIVE prestigious "Best of Beaufort" awards
 Posted On Monday, July 29, 2019
CCDI Recognized Nationally! 
The Croquet Club of Dataw Island wins “First Place” in the National Croquet Day clubs competition.
 Posted On Wednesday, June 26, 2019
"Best Golf Community"...DATAW ISLAND! 
ideal-LIVING magazine has named Dataw Island, just outside of Historic Beaufort, SC, “Best Golf Community” and one of the “Top 100 Planned Communities."
 Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Interschool Special Tennis Spring Finale at Dataw 
“It is an honor to host these kids in a mini Special Olympics style event. They have worked so hard throughout the year, and this is a fun way to celebrate their pro
 Posted On Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2019 adidas Intercollegiate video 
Each year, members of Dataw Island look forward to this tournament and hosting the college athletes in their homes. Many students return year after year, with the host families eagerly awaiting their return, much like a homecoming.
 Posted On Tuesday, March 12, 2019
adidas Intercollegiate Final Results 
College athletes, guests, and Dataw Island spectators enjoyed an exciting finish to the annual adidas Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, with a three-way tie for Men’s Individual play. After three rounds on Tom Fazio’s Cotton Dike course, Colin Uecker of Texas Lutheran, Michael Barber of Millikin University, and Casey Leebrick of York College each finished even par, forcing a two-hole shoot-out. Uecker secured the win with a birdie on the first playoff hole on hole #9, sending Barber and Leebrick to play #9 yet again, where Leebrick shot par and secured second place. The women competed on Arthur Hills’ Morgan River course where we saw some very competitive golf. Kim Siercks of Indiana Tech finished first with a score of +9, followed by Jordan Koller of York College with a +11, and in third, Vicky Raffle, also of Indiana Tech shot +15. Indiana Tech also showed strength in the team competition, securing first place with an overall score of +71. The ladies of York College finished not far behind at +76, and in third, Mt. St. Joseph posted +134. In Men’s team competition, Oglethorpe College finished in first place at their first appearance at the adidas Intercollegiate, with a team total of +19. The men of Hampden-Sydney College trailed by only three strokes, securing second place at +22. Third place went to North Carolina Wesleyan, who finished at +33. The adidas Intercollegiate is hosted by Ohio Wesleyan and featured a total of 105 athletes from 17 schools in the men’s division and 43 athletes representing seven schools competed in the women’s division. Each year, members of Dataw Island look forward to this tournament and hosting the college athletes in their homes. Many students return year after year, with the host families eagerly awaiting their return, much like a homecoming. In fact, when one of “their” students placed second, two members jokingly argued for a piece of the credit: “She stayed at MY house!” “Yeah, well she ate MY brisket!” bantered Cynthia Hooper and Anthony Russo. “These kids are great,” added Russo. “It’s a lot of fun to have them around and we really enjoy it.” The Dataw Staff also enjoys this annual event. Dave Britton, Dataw’s Director of Golf, is himself from Ohio and really enjoys hosting the student athletes and their coaches. “We just love that we are able to offer our courses to these student athletes each year,” said Britton. “Many of their home courses are just thawing now, and to be able to get out and play on such fine courses in the condition that Dataw is in is a real treat for them, especially this early in the season.” Although Britton at least partially credits the course conditions for attracting an impressive field each year, he also said that the camaraderie between the members and the athletes is at least as big of a draw. “It’s really neat to see our members’ excitement about hosting kids, baking for them, offering shuttles on the course – they ‘get it’ that this is a volunteer
 Posted On Friday, March 08, 2019
adidas Intercollegiate Golf Tournament 
Dataw Island is pleased to again host the adidas Intercollegiate Golf Tou
 Posted On Thursday, February 14, 2019
Dataw to Host The First Tee Program 
Dataw Island is proud to start hosting The First Tee beginning this March.
Marina Groundbreaking 
"... under the ownership of the DIOA, we look forward to a bright new future for the Dataw Marina.”
 Posted On Thursday, January 17, 2019
Grand Re-Opening of Golf Courses 
Dataw Island held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovations...
 Posted On Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Keeping it Playable: Fixing Ball Marks on Greens 
Video tips from our Dataw Island Club Golf Professionals.
 Posted On Friday, December 28, 2018
Dataw's Cotton Dike course Featured in 2018 Best Golf Courses 
Golf America recaps the best golf courses they visited this year
 Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Keeping it Playable: Sanding Divots 
Video tips for the Dataw Island Club Golf Professionals.
 Posted On Wednesday, December 05, 2018
KEEP IT PLAYABLE: Keeping Our Bunkers Beautiful  
Video tips from the Dataw Island Club Golf Professionals
 Posted On Sunday, November 11, 2018
Dataw Island Salutes Veterans 
Your sacrifice can never be repaid. Happy Veterans Day!
 Posted On Thursday, November 08, 2018
Dataw Island Supports Veterans 
The tally is totaled and we are floored! Dataw Island members and supporters once again joined forces to raise monies for veterans foundations through various events, and we are pleased to announce that the efforts have already yielded
 Posted On Friday, October 26, 2018
SC Gov. Henry McMaster Proclaims "Tee It Up for the Troops" Day 
In recognition of our American veterans, Gov. McMaster issued an official proclamation
 Posted On Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Dataw Historic Foundation Celebrates Twenty Years 
With nearly half of the island’s residents on the roll call, the successful funding of more than $200,000 for preservation/restoration projects has primarily been possible due to the enthusiastic and growing support of DHF members.
 Posted On Friday, August 03, 2018
Golf America TV show feature on Dataw Island 
Click to see the video replays!
SCGA Amateur Championship Day One Wrap-up 
Day one saw some amazing play and a loaded leaderboard!
 Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2018
Dataw Island Drone at the SCGA Junior Am Championship 
The South Carolina Golf Association shared this beautiful footage
 Posted On Tuesday, July 10, 2018
SCGA Praise for Dataw Island  
Comments from the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Championship
 Posted On Monday, July 02, 2018
Chef Matthew Felix' Oyster Recipe, Revealed! 
Recently, ideal-LIVING Magazine spoke with Executive Chef Matt Felix, and
 Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Oyster Reef Build with the DNR 
The Dataw Conservancy partners with the SCDNR to build a living oyster reef
 Posted On Monday, June 25, 2018
ideal-LIVING Magazine names Dataw Island “The Best of the Best" 
Dataw Island was honored by ideal-LIVING magazine in its third annual “Best of the Best” issue which features the Top 100 Planned Communities, which named Dataw Island one of the “Best Wellness Environments.”
 Posted On Monday, June 04, 2018
Hilton Head Monthly feature on Dataw Island 
Dataw in the news! Two-page article from Hilton Head Monthly magazine.
 Posted On Monday, May 07, 2018
Dataw Historic Foundation recognized for preservation efforts 
The Dataw Historic Foundation has received a major preservation award from Historic Beaufort Foundation in recognition of its work in preserving the Sams Plantation historic site and creation of an interpretive center, both located centrally on the 867-acre community of Dataw Island.
 Posted On Thursday, July 06, 2017
Real Estate Scorecard Bestows Dataw Island in South Carolina with 2017 Bliss Award for “Best South C 
Real Estate Scorecard provides in-depth research and candid insight into the overall happiness and satisfaction of over 390 master planned communities in the Southeast. Each year, they honor the 'best' with a Bliss Award in fifteen categories including Happiest Community in America.
 Posted On Monday, February 13, 2017
Island happiness: Local news highlights Dataw's "Bliss Award" 
Dataw Island was recently given a Bliss Award for being the Best South Carolina Community of 2017. It’s no wonder, given the attraction of the Lowcountry and all that Beaufort has to offer – gorgeous surroundings, year-round pleasant weather, a wealth of diversity, cultural attractions…and that
 Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2016
Veterans and their supporters hold record-breaking event despite storm woes 
Dataw Island salutes veterans each year with a full arsenal of events honoring their service, and his year’s events did not disappoint. In fact, the community rallied to hold record-breaking events this year. At time of press, an astounding $42,802.60 to support veteran's organizations had already been raised with more checks continuing to pour in – a record for this tiny private community based outside of historic Beaufort, South Carolina
 Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2016
ideal-LIVING Honors Dataw Island with Three Awards 
Dataw Island is pleased to announce that they will be named in several categories as “The Best of the Best” in ideal-LIVING’s Summer 2016 edition coming out this month.
 Posted On Friday, August 05, 2016
Pool Reflections: Evolution of the Dataw Island Pool 
Since the late 1980’s Dataw Island has had a wonderful pool and concession stand overlooking Jenkins Creek. It was a pool area that members and locals alike enjoyed immensely. I swam and ate there as a child myself, growing up in Beaufort. Like all things, time and the elements took their toll, and a full renovation was in order. It was time for a change and luckily,
 Posted On Friday, July 15, 2016
10 Don’t-Miss Beaufort Experiences 
What’s on YOUR bucket list? While there are a zillion things to do and see in Beaufort, here are ten Beaufort experiences you just don’t want to miss. 1. Spend the Day at Hunting Island Beach Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. A pictur
 Posted On Friday, June 10, 2016
The Mating Game: Spring arrives with the courtship of the great egret 
The weather is starting to heat up in Beaufort and so is the birding at the Cypress Wetlands boardwalk in Port Royal. The Great Egret males have just started arriving to claim their nesting area and start the building process; they will be followed shortly by the females. Both sexes will be dressed in their nuptial plumage, the beautiful ornamental feathers that they were hunted nearly to extinction for in the late 1800’s.
 Posted On Monday, May 09, 2016
Dataw's Cotton Dike Course Ranks in South Carolina's 50 Best Courses 
Every two years, a panel of industry, media and golfing professionals, representing a diverse range of occupations, handicaps and backgrounds travel all over South Carolina identifying the best of the 474 golf courses. Rankings are derived from a number of factors including: - Routing – How the course flows from hole to hole in harmony with existing topography. - Variety – Degree to which the course demands a full range of shot requirements. - Strategy – How design features test course management. - Equity – The course’s capacity to reward good shots and penalize poor ones. - Memorability – The distinctiveness of the golf course and its individual holes. - Aesthetics – The degree to which scenery and surrounds lend to the enjoyment. - Experience – Incorporates all elements of the course: practice areas, clubhouse and more. The objective of the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel is to promote excellence in SC golf course design and operations through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The Panel serves as an ambassador for golf in South Carolina by striving to stimulate and facilitate the promotion and marketing of outstanding golf courses, resorts and real estate developments. To obtain a rating, Dataw Island was required to solicit 15 panel members to come out and play both the Cotton Dike and Morgan River courses – a deliberate process that has taken nearly two years to complete. “We reached out to the SC Golf Course Ratings Panel in 2014 and have been working ever since to try and achieve a ranking,” Ted Bartlett, Dataw Island General Manager said. Dataw Island’s Cotton Dike course is a recently renovated Tom Fazio design that has hosted the 2015 CGA Senior Amateur, the 2015 South Carolina Open and is slated to host the 2016 South Carolina Open this year, along with many other amateur and professional events. The course is lushly appointed with Live Oak trees, impeccable landscaping and stunning marsh views that give it a uniquely LowCountry feel. “Dataw was pleased to make the list at number 50 and looks forward to the chance to improve our ranking going forward,” Bartlett said. “Now that we have achieved a rating for Cotton Dike our hope is that we will be able to receive a rating for Morgan River as well.”
 Posted On Friday, May 06, 2016
What is Masters Tennis and What the HECK is Pickleball? 
Masters Tennis may sounds like it would be reserved for seasoned champions (like the Master’s Tennis Tournament is for Roger Federer) but in reality it is almost the opposite. Masters Tennis is a new spin on the tennis game, using lower compression balls (which move slower) on a modified, smaller court (so there is less ground to cover). In other words, there is less court to cover and the ball speed is easier to keep up with. It first gained popularity in Florida and has quickly been migrating North.
 Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2016
Selling Your Home Today - Seven Secrets for Selling Faster and Better 
If you are contemplating putting your home on the market this spring, here are a few tips to help with your planning. Selling Secret #7: Price and market your home correctly. Interview Realtors and listen carefully to what they say. Check their price recommendation with other comparable properties in the area, to make sure that your house is being priced appropriately; if it is too high, other Realtors may hesitate to show it. Generally speaking, listings are at their hottest during the initial months on the market so you want to be priced correctly from the start. Also ask what your Realtor’s plan will be for marketing your home: Will they place it in the Multiple Listing Service right away or not? Will they try to generate traffic by running ads and other techniques? Is your Realtor accessible? Do they encourage other Realtors to show their listings (and vice versa) to give your home the maximum exposure possible?
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