- Tides Folly Beach
- 1 Center Street - Folly Beach
- South Carolina - United States
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Surrounded by beaches and the natural beauty of the marshlands, Folly Beach has long been a part of coastal South Carolina’s history and charm. Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean, just fifteen minutes from downtown Charleston, the barrier island of Folly Beach offers the best of both worlds. Wake up in the morning and enjoy the sunrise on Folly Beach and finish the day watching a spectacular sunset on the Folly River.
On the eastern tip of the Island there is an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse from one of the three county parks on Folly. The Fishing Pier, which extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, hosts fishing tournaments, including a king mackerel tournament.
You can catch sight of loggerhead turtles nesting, dolphins playing and see bald eagles soaring in the sky. Folly is home to many endangered species and cherishes its part in protecting and encouraging their continued success.
You’ll find some of the finest cuisine on the coast here in Folly Beach. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet meal, a seafood feast or a tasty sandwich, it’s only minutes away on Folly.
Everything from bathing suits, surf boards and surfing gear, to souvenirs, all within minutes in our quaint town of Folly. No matter what your interests – golf, tennis, fishing, kayaking, surfing, theater, arts or beach combing, Folly Beach offers it all year long.
There is always something happening on Folly Beach. The surfing is some of the best on the east coast and Folly hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Wahine Surf Contest in May. The Tides of March is a spring renaissance festival complete with a Shakespearean play, music, sword fighting, arts and crafts, and a costume contest. Spring brings the Sea & Sand Festival complete with a hula hoop contest, music, food, arts and crafts, a sand castle competition and games for the kids. In August is the Folly River Float Frenzy…a wild ride down the Folly River in costumes and decorated boats. The Folly Beach Fine Arts Festival is in October and features artists from throughout the southeast competing in a judged art show. This festival also features a play and an arts and crafts show.
There is simply no place like Folly Beach…and this web site is dedicated to providing you with all the information you'll need to have a wonderful time here on Folly.
Charleston Beaches, County and City Parks
Perfect for day trips or a week's stay in rental cottages, Charleston's beaches offer affordable family recreational entertainment. Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island, Palmetto Islands County Park in Mt. Pleasant, Folly Beach County Park on Folly Beach and James Island County Park on Riverland Dr. on James Island are popular recreational spots in the area.
Edisto Island - Enjoyment of this quiet island, cut off from the mainland by the Edisto River, began in antiquity. Archeologists have explored numerous sites that Edisto Indians and others once called home. Bought from the Indians in 1674 by the British for a few tools, some trinkets and a length of cloth, Edisto produced riches in indigo and then Sea Island cotton. Riches still include its marshlands - the vital breeding ground of much marine life; lush semi-tropical woodlands; nearly three miles of pristine beach; superb fishing, crabbing and shelling, and a laid-back lifestyle that draws thousands of visitors. A resort, bed and breakfast plantation and rental properties offer accommodations; Edisto Beach State Park has campsites, cabins and many activities.
Folly Beach - A seven-mile beachfront town that offers delicious seafood and rental accommodations.
Isle of Palms - Besides the resort here, rental cottages and condominiums are also available.
Sullivan's Island - This beach resort offers rustic beach houses (some of which may be rented), a wide clean beach and Fort Moultrie.
Waterfront Park - Along the east side of Charleston Harbor at the foot of Vendue Range. This city park includes a pier, garden and unique water sprays to refresh joggers and enthusiastic children.
Golf in Historic Charleston
The only regret a golfer may have after leaving Charleston is that he did not play all the great golf courses in this historic district. The very best designers have done some of their most memorable work here. Included among these renowned architects: Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones, Tom Jackson, Gary Player, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Clyde Johnston, and Willard Byrd. Pete Dye course at Kiawah Island. Perhaps the most acclaimed golf course in the Charleston area is the Ocean Course. This Pete Dye creation, was made famous by the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches. A bitter fight that rekindled Revolutionary War spirits was finally won by the United States when Europe's Bernhard Langer missed a five-foot putt on his team's last hole. The Americans had become so pumped up under Captain Dave Stockton that they incorporated a Desert Storm camouflage design into their team golf shirts.
The Ocean Course plays to an unbelievable 7,331 yards. Many already arduous par fours seem to play like par sixes when the wind blows up in your face. Dye boasts that his Ocean Course contains more seaside holes than any course in the northern hemisphere. It was named by Golf Digest the toughest resort course in the country. One warning - do not be so overcome by the Dye's Ocean Course that you ignore Kiawah's other three layouts. You may have heard of their designers: Tom Fazio, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. Tom Fazio's Osprey Point features water on 15 of 18 holes and flows through a variety of settings from forests of pines to marshes to lagoons and magnolias.
Marsh Point, a Gary Player design, is a shotmaker's delight. Playing only to 6,334 yards and a par of 71, placement off the tee is a necessity. With 13 of the 18 holes bringing water into play, leave your ego and your driver back in the villa and aim for the fairway. Finally, in Turtle Point, Jack Nicklaus has utilized the oceanside environment and marsh areas of Kiawah to perfection. Golf Digest called Turtle Point one of the best resort courses in the country. Kiawah Island Resort is a must vacation spot for the serious golfer. The amount and quality of golf at this resort stands unequalled anywhere. In addition to the amazing golf, Kiawah offers 10 miles of private beach and great tennis facilities. Just give yourself enough time to enjoy all that is here. Wild Dunes, just east of Charleston on the Isle of Palms, offers two immaculate Tom Fazio courses. Dunes West, an Arthur Hills design, resides in Mt. Pleasant, just north of the city.
Dunes West opened in 1991 and was ranked by Golf Digest in the top 10 of new resort courses. Spanish moss and old oaks thrive here and combine with the pre-Civil War style clubhouse to create in Dunes West an 1800s feel. Back at the Isle of Palms, the Links Course competes with the best in the world. Golf Magazine ranks Fazio's Links Course 63 in its top 100 courses. Having fully recovered from the jolt Hurricane Hugo gave several years ago, The Links course has come back better than ever. In 1986, Wild Dunes opened Fazio's Harbour Course. Pocketed by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Harbour course also sweeps by a marina and the Isle of Palms villas. Bring lots of balls here though, water comes into play on 17 of 18 holes.
Come to Wild Dunes and Dunes West and enjoy three of the most acclaimed golf courses in the country. You will not be disappointed. Several other courses not to miss in the Charleston area are Charleston National, Oak Point, and Coosaw Creek. Charleston National is a golf community in the most definitive sense. The founders at Charleston National designed their borough uniquely and specifically around their Rees Jones championship course. Overlooking the marshland of the Hamlin Sound, the 6,928 yard track is acclaimed for its beautiful scenery and always immaculate condition.
Oak Point on nearby John's Island mixes classic Scottish characteristics such as pot-bunkering and huge undulation with American architectural traits. The signature 18th hole provides a beautiful view over Haulover Creek. Playing to only 6,759 yards, Oak Point is truly a shotmaker's course. Coosaw Creek in North Charleston opened in 1993. This Arthur Hills design features wooded wetlands and tift-dwarf greens. Coosaw has quickly become a local favorite, and is sure to become one among the tourists as well. If you want to get away from Charleston, make a short drive to Edisto Island or Seabrook Island. Both offer quietly luxurious resorts for those looking for a break from the rat race.
Fairfield Ocean Ridge on Edisto Island features a Tom Jackson design. Fairfeld demands accuracy off the tee and on approach shots. On 14 of the 18 holes you will find water, and the greens are the smallest you will ever find. Seabrook Island offers 36 holes of top-notch golf. Robert Trent Jones created the Crooked Oaks Course and Willard Byrd designed the Ocean Winds layout. With private beach, tennis, and equestrian facilities available, Seabrook provides a wonderful escape.