Haig Point Signature Course - no. 12
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 12
There's a tree in the middle of the greenside bunker on the par-4 12th hole on the Haig Point Signature Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 10
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 10
From the Cowibogue tees at Haig Point, you have to carry the water on the difficult par-4 10th hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - no. 9
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 9
The par-4 ninth on the Haig Point Signature Course is the no. 1 handicap hole on the Haig Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - Califbogue no. 8
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Haig Point Signature Course - Califbogue no. 8
Here's the Calibogue version of the eighth hole on the Haig Point Signature Course on Daufuskie Island, S.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - Haig no. 8
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Haig Point Signature Course - Haig no. 8
There are two par-3 eighth holes on the Haig Point Signature Course. This is the Haig hole, which tips out at 180 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - no. 7
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 7
Here's a look at Rees Jones' signature bunkers at Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, S.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - behind the fifth
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Haig Point Signature Course - behind the fifth
Looking beyond a pair of adirondack chairs behind the fifth green at Haig Point, you can see the famous Habour Town lighthouse across the Calibogue Sound. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - no. 5
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 5
Here's another look at the par-3 fifth hole on the Haig Point Signature Course on Daufuskie Island. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - no. 1
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 1
The Haig Point Signature Course opens with a relatively easy par-4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - Calibogue no. 5
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Haig Point Signature Course - Calibogue no. 5
With the Calibogue Sound in the background, the par-3 Calibogue fifth hole epitomizes the beauty of the Rees Jones Signature Course at Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, S.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - no. 14
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 14
One of the most difficult holes on the Rees Jones Signature Course is the par-5 14th, which has a green almost completely surrounded by wetlands. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course -  no. 15
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 15
Looking back to the tee on the par-3 15th on the Haig Point's Signature Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - Calibogue no. 17
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Haig Point Signature Course - Calibogue no. 17
The Calibogue 17th hole on the Haig Point Signature Course on Daufuskie Island, S.C. is closer to the sound. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - no. 18
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Haig Point Signature Course - no. 18
The 18th on the Haig Point Signature Course is good risk-reward par-5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point Signature Course - clubhouse
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Haig Point Signature Course - clubhouse
Haig Point has a clubhouse to match the splendor of the golf course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Haig Point - practice facilities
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Haig Point - practice facilities
As you might expect, the practice facilities at Haig Point are excellent as well. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

In pictures: 20-hole Haig Point Signature Course on unique Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. -- On one of the most unique locations in the world is home to one of the most uncommon golf courses: the Rees Jones Signature Course at Haig Point Club , located just across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island and Harbour Town Golf Links. It isn't easy to get to — there are no bridges leading to the island, only ferries. And in the community of Haig Point, you can't drive a conventional car. It's golf cars, bikes and walking all the way. You can't even have a gas golf cart. It must be electric.

The Signature Course at Haig Point is actually 20 holes. And it's two courses in one at this private community that actually has 29 holes, including the nine-hole Osprey Course , also designed by Jones. And here's how it works:

The Signature Course has two versions of the eighth and 17th holes. The "Calibogue" eighth and 17th are closer to the water and more vulnerable to tropical storms. They are also more difficult than the "Haig" versions of those holes, all of which are par 3s. There are also Haig and Calibogue tees through much of the course, with the Haigs being the more forgiving of the two. If you play the Haig tees and the two Haig holes, you've played the Haig Course, which is a par 72 that tips out at 6,735 yards. The Calibogue Course, with its more difficult tees and eighth and 17th holes, can be stretched to 7,380 yards.

One of the best aspects of having the Calibogue tees at eight and 17 is that if they were lost due to a storm, the course would still have 18 holes, even if those holes couldn't be rebuilt. Fortunately, over the last couple of decades they have survived all storms, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


Staff course reviews: Mike Bailey


Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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