Dataw Island unveils clubhouse renovation

One of the characteristics of a great community and club is the ability to be constantly improving. Count Dataw Island Club as one of those great clubs. Over the last two years, Dataw Island has completed the renovation of two golf courses and most recently the reopening of their clubhouse dining facilities on September 22.  “The change is dramatic,” said David Warren, director of marketing. “It is simply beautiful in terms of concept, architectural design, interior design and construction, and the members are delighted over the changes.”
When Alcoa, the original developer of Dataw Island, built the clubhouse in 1983, the dining emphasis was on fine dining in the dining room and to a lesser extent a more casual fare in the pub. Over the last 30 years lifestyles and dining preferences have changed and there is a much greater demand for a casual atmosphere. The club saw the shift two years ago and began plans to renovate the Dataw Island Club dining choices to reflect the change in the dining trends. Since the renovation, the pub size has been doubled and the dining room, which was more formal, has been upgraded and made more intimate.  The new design is more open and allows for more flexibility for all events. As part of the renovation of the club, designers also included outside upgrades by adding a charming exterior dining area complete with a fireplace.
The architectural concept work was headed up by Dataw Island resident Bill Fox. J Banks Design of Hilton Head did the interior design, and construction work was managed by Steve Walker of Island Residential Construction of Dataw Island. The combination of golf and clubhouse projects shows the substantial commitment Dataw members have made to the future.  Dataw Island Club president Dave Muehl summed it up by saying, “the combination of our renovated golf courses and clubhouse positions us perfectly to compete in the future.”
The changes have been met with overwhelmingly positive response from the Dataw Island Club members. “I can’t believe the transformation, “said Pat Judd an island resident. “It is such a great change, and I know we will be dining out at the club much more because of the improvements.”
The Dataw Island Club is much more than just dining, however.  The Arthur Hills Morgan River course reopened for play last month to rave reviews after a complete renovation. The Tom Fazio-designed Cotton Dike course opened last year with equally high accolades.  “Our pair of championship courses are now on par with any of the courses in the Lowcountry,” said golf member Dave Yoder.
The club also boasts a tennis center, indoor and outdoor pools, complete workout facilities with personal trainers, croquet and a deep-water marina.
The main clubhouse where the new dining facilities are located is the center of the community. It is a place where people gather at the club for meals, meetings, activities or just to enjoy each other and the beauty of Jenkins Creek.  “This club has some of the finest amenities anywhere, but the true asset of Dataw Island is the people,” said club member Bob North. “Many of our best friends in the world are people we have met since we moved to Dataw.”
For more information on Dataw membership or real estate opportunities, call David Warren at 843-838-3374.

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