Caledonia Golf Course
Built upon the site of a working southern rice plantation, Caledonia has been recognized for its design and incredible beauty. Caledonia was recently ranked in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” and named one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest. Furthermore, Golfweek continues to name Caledonia as one of “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses.” From the entrance lined with centuries old live oaks to its antebellum-styled clubhouse, Caledonia is a world-class experience. In addition to our world-class course we have a top pro shop, grill room offering delicious food and cold beverages and experienced friendly staff. If you would like to book an unforgettable golf vacation, look no further! About Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Since opening to the public in January 1994, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the premier courses in America. Famous for its refined beauty and challenging layout, Caledonia is also rich in history and tradition. Located in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the original plantation can be traced back to Dr. Robert Nesbit. A Scotsman who named it Caledonia, a Roman name for Scotland which the country is still poetically called. It is not known whether Dr. Nesbit acquired the property through his marriage in 1797 to Elizabeth Pawley or by purchase. The Pawley family owned a significant amount of property in the area and their name survives today- the surrounding area is now the town of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Historic land records from Georgetown County indicate that Caledonia was, at one time, one of the largest plantations in the area with land stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the rice fields on the western edge of the Waccamaw River. Perhaps the most striking aesthetic feature of the plantation is the impressive avenue of live oaks leading to the clubhouse steps. These 150 year-old trees, laden with Spanish moss, led to old King’s Highway as it made its way along the coast in the 1700s. The original plantation house burned to the ground in 1931. Dr. Nesbit’s descendents continued to own and operate Caledonia until 1940. Agricultural records indicate that, at its peak in the mid-1800s, Caledonia’s annual production of rice was more than 700,000 pounds. This production was above average compared to other Waccamaw plantations. Changes precipitated by the Civil War affected agricultural production. After the Nesbits’ ownership, the plantation was gradually sold off, to the point that this once-substantial landholding was whittled to 152 precious acres from its original 2,542 acres. The current owners purchased the property in 1971 to use primarily as a hunting and fishing club. Each member had his own small lodge on the property and would often come to fish in the river and hunt ducks in the rice fields. Every Thursday the group would meet at Caledonia to cook dinner and socialize. The old shed used for this occasion still exists on the property beside the clubhouse. With the exception of a few cosmetic changes, the shed is in its original form and the Thursday fellowship continues. Nowadays, however, hunting boots have been replaced by golf spikes as players finishing their round join in for the catch-of-the-day. It is this fellowship and tradition that led to the creation of a magnificent course. As sportsmen, the owners strove to build a course that preserved as much of the land’s natural beauty as possible. As southerners, they wanted to create an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality that each golfer could take home with him. The goal of Caledonia is that each visitor remembers his or her day not just as a round of golf, but as an overall Lowcountry experience. The 6,526-yard, par-70 course has been described as having “18 signature holes,” with holes routed around majestic oaks and meandering streams. The picturesque 18th hole borders the Plantation’s old rice field, and requires a precise tee shot that sets up a difficult second shot: a forced carry onto a green that is bordered by the antebellum style clubhouse.