38 Ensis Road, Hilton Head Island
MLS # 430996
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This single-family community opened in 1961 and got its name from the nearby Port Royal Sound (which was first named by Admiral Jean Ribaut of France’s 1500s Huguenot party). Port Royal’s 1,200 private acres include around 700 homesites with views of the ocean, golf courses, and woods. Three miles of public beaches stretch from the Atlantic to the Sound, and in between guests can find almost any activity imaginable as well as a few historic landmarks.
A completely private security gate and a 24-hour security team maintain Port Royal’s privacy and safety.
Plans for Port Royal Plantation were created in 1961 for 1,000 acres of northeast Hilton Head Island. The land contained historic sites from the Civil War, including old fort remains, as well as three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach. Development began by 1963. Fred Hack knew land and development but was less familiar with marketing, which resulted in Port Royal's low profile until 1967 when it was finally interpreted and presented as a quiet respite from Sea Pines' hustle and bustle. The property was eventually sold to a new agency, the Port Royal Group, who took possession September 1, 1971. Where Sea Pines had an abundance of condos and tourists, Port Royal offers wide beaches, peaceful lagoons-and most importantly, privacy. This difference became Hack's marketing strategy. He was much more lenient in Port Royal's architectural standards than his competition, which is why Port Royal ended up an upper-class American suburb instead of an active resort complex.
Port Royal Golf Club presents 54 holes, spread over three separate courses. The scenic 1966 Robber’s Row course, recently renovated by Pete Dye, is one of the primary 18-hole courses. Located on the island’s marsh side, Civil War grounds lie nearby as well as the historic Port Royal village. The 1969 player-friendly Barony Course, designed by George Cobb and Willard Byrd together, plays over 6,500 yards. Concentrate on accuracy here instead of shot length, because the 12th hole catches wind from the nearby Atlantic. Planter’s Row, Port Royal Plantation’s third course, hosted the Hilton Head Seniors International Golf Tournament in 1985. The tree-lined course has a few holes near water, making extremely focused shots a necessity. The five-star Racquet Club contains 16 tennis courts. Ten of the courts are Har-Tru clay with two lighted; four are lighted Deco Turf II courts; and the last two are seasonal grass courts. Members are allotted two hours per day on the courts, and the on-site pro shop is available for rates and reservation inquiries. Croquet: The Port Royal Croquet Club contains two championship croquet courts, where groups play daily. Clinics are available with arranged appointments.
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