DeBordieu, Georgetown – History and Beautiful Beaches

One of the oldest beach-side communities on the East Coast is also one of the most beautiful.

DeBordieu, located within easy driving distance of both the glitter of Myrtle Beach and the charm of Charleston, is 2,700 acres of ancient oaks and pines, six-and-a-half miles of beautiful beaches and tidal marshes and creeks untouched by the hand of man. It’s also a mere 1,250 home sites and a wide array of social and recreational opportunities, including one of the best golf courses in an area of the country known worldwide for its magnificent golf.

According to local legend, DeBordieu, “The borderland of God” in French, was given its name by the Marquis de Lafayette in the 18th century. Before the Civil War, the area was home to prosperous rice plantations, whose prosperous owners built a colony of homes at DeBordieu. All that ended after the war, but, before the century came to a close, wealthy businessmen from the north were lured south by the beauty of DeBordieu, and they began buying property there to build winter homes and for hunting retreats.

The land, owned at one time by “Bromo-Seltzer King” Dr. Isaac Emerson and later by the Vanderbilt family, has changed hands, but DeBordieu’s future as a coastal hideaway is secure. At least 600 acres has been set aside as a nature preserve, and an additional 17,000 acres of never-to-developed land borders DeBordieu to the south.

DeBordieu, three miles north of the historic port of Georgetown and six miles south of Pawleys Island, is surrounded by quiet fishing villages, beautiful beaches, a national forest, dozens of antebellum plantations and the Atlantic Ocean. Its location and its pristine beauty are both great drawing cards, but so are the amenities enjoyed by its residents. DeBordieu Golf Club’s 30,000-square-foot, Georgian-style clubhouse offers stunning views of a challenging, 7,032-yard course designed by Pete Dye. The 17th has been rated as the best hole on the Grand Strand. The Beach Club, which features a pool overlooking the ocean, offers superb dining and live musical entertainment, and the DeBordieu Tennis Center has eight clay composition courts, two hard courts and a pro shop. Family activities including oyster roasts, dinner dances and barbecues are held throughout the year.

Home sites at DeBordieu, from a half-acre to five acres, begin at $265,000, while villas start at $695,000 and homes at $859,000.