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Haig Point Club: Shining Light of Daufuskie Island

by | Mar 26, 2024 | LIFESTYLE

How did Don Hunter become the new CEO at Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C? With apologies to the great Hank Williams, I suppose you can say Hunter “saw the light.’’ Well… at least the lighthouse.

Here’s the story: On his second interview for the job at Haig Point Club – one of the country’s more exclusive private club communities – Hunter stayed in the 151-year-old Haig Point Lighthouse. There was no word on whether he saw the spirit of Maggie Comer – the lighthouse’s resident ghost – but he did see the purple and orange hues of a Calibogue Sound sunrise while seated on the porch of the structure’s 40-foot tower.

To be in a place like this, Hunter thought to himself, can’t be replicated.

“The most quiet place on earth.’’

Those sights and no sounds were enough to make Hunter move from his job as CEO at the Country of North Carolina (since 2019) in Pinehurst, N.C., to a 9.61-square-mile island—only accessible by boat—off the tip of Hilton Head, S.C.

“The Country Club of North Carolina runs fantastic,’’ Hunter said. “The challenges were few and far between. So, for me, it was like the difference between putting putt-putt golf and real golf. I want a challenging game.

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Haig Point Lighthouse

“I think I’m a challenge-driven person. Haig Point has more moving parts than the average club.’’

Beginning with transportation and logistics. All supplies to Haig Point, even the pencils for the Rees Jones-designed golf course, must come from the Mainland. Although private vehicles are allowed (via ferry) on Daufuskie Island, they are not allowed at Haig Point, making golf cars the primary mode of transportation for members and guests.

And, of course, what goes on the island and to Haig Point, particularly in terms of trash and recyclables, has to leave.

“I like that challenge,’’ Hunter said. “I like the fact that club is growing – sort of re-birthing. Our members were ready for a new chapter. And I was ready for a new challenge. My passion is everything that happens behind the scenes.;’’

Hunter has plenty of ammunition to mount that challenge. For example, Haig Point invested $1 million in club and community facility improvements for 2024, which included significant renovations to its iconic Strachan Mansion, roof replacements at key facilities, and new furniture throughout several venues. In addition, the club has invested $5.25 million to replace five-plus miles of interior roadways over the next three years.

Other critical future investments include new docks, piers, floating docks (on Daufuskie and Hilton Head Islands), and a renovation to the golf course. In addition to golf, the club has a tennis and wellness center and one of the Southeast’s top equestrian centers.

Haig Point Club has 450 members, approximately half of whom are full-time residents in its estate homes and cottages.

“The club is great for golf in the spring and fall,’’ Hunter said. “It’s also a space where people bring their kids and grandkids. A lot of second-and third-generation families come here. It’s a special place.’’

One worthy of a challenge.

Photos Courtesy of Haig Point Club

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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. Steve lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and posts his golf and travel content on his website at spikeongolfandtravel.com. He can be reached at spikee41@hotmail.com.