No strip of highway on the east coast features more upscale golf communities than does State Highway 278 in Bluffton, SC. Just off of Hilton Head Island, Colleton River, Belfair and Berkeley Hall Plantations each feature lush landscaping, dramatic vistas of marshland and rivers, and 36 holes of golf each, including layouts by Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. The bridge to the beaches and restaurants of Hilton Head is just a few minutes away, and for side trips to one of America's fascinating cities, Savannah is less than 40 minutes to the south. Some of the communities in the area charge a mandatory, but reasonable, initiation fee for residents which adds to the financial stability of the clubs. It also ensures they are in peak condition year round.