Location = Charleston County
Developer, marketing = Briar's Creek Golf LLC, Atlantic Island Properties
Total homes =100
Home sizes = 3,000 to 5,000-plus square feet
Home prices = million-plus
Lot sizes = 1 acre to 7 acres
Typical features = Custom builders
Decks and porches
Lots = Marsh, lake, creekside lots
The Golf Club at Briar's Creek, Johns Island Executive Airport, Briar's Creek, Charleston Collegiate School, Kiawah River, Freshfields retail village, Atlantic Ocean
Distance to downtown Charleston = 19 miles
Briars Creek is a LUXURY golf community The idea of the community is to keep the natural feel of the course but to still provide some housing opportunity in this exclusive club environment. With a membership here, one just walks onto the course at will, limited memberships.
The Briar's Creek Club opened for play late in 2001, and is now considered to be among the top 100 courses in the country.The Briar's Creek Golf Club is located about 30 minutes from Charleston and just a short distance to Kiawah Island.
The Briar's Creek Community is still getting off the ground, but construction is under way and this community promises to be a good one, one of the most exclusive golf course communities in the Charleston area. The clubhouse is magnificent with spectacular views, cuisine, and exclusivity. When one is looking for the best, this may be it.
If you are considering purchasing a primary or second home in a golf course community whether Briars Creek or another of Charleston's great courses, we would be pleased to provide the necessary guidance and representation required for you to make an investment decision.
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The Rees Jones designed course is set among 300 acres of woodlands, marsh, lagoons and waterways.The Audubon Society has recognized Briar's Creek and granted it the Silver Certification under the Cooperative Sanctuary Program. The ultimate plan is for Briar's Creek to have 100 homes on 800 acres. Club membership will be limited to 300. No unaccompanied guests are permitted and due to the exclusivity, there are no tee times. There is an average of 30 players per day.
Whether there are birds in the sky or birdies on the course, Briar's Creek is an outdoor-friendly retreat.
BY JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier - Saturday, November 18, 2006
To hear Briar's Creek founder Steve Koenig tell it, he had the concept for a one-of-a-kind golf community, but the real visionary was Rees Jones.
The noted golf architect crafted an 18-hole marsh and woodside course so exclusive that the 300 members can play without calling ahead for a tee time. According to Koenig, all he did was supply the 302-acre Johns Island site, the lake-fed water to irrigate the land and a shoreline to build a few homes.
That's being a bit modest. Development group Briar's Creek LLC spent two years lining up dozens of wealthy, even a few marginally famous, investors to pay $130,000 club initiation fees. It bankrolled construction of the course, which opened in 2003, three years before the first house was built.
The partnership has teamed with a real estate company for sales and marketing and has overseen construction of a golf lodge and cottage for prospective buyers and guests.
Yet even while centered around a Jones course that's equal parts treacherous and alluring, Briar's Creek, spread over 900 acres, isn't simply a golfing haven. From the beginning, the backers saw the Johns Island locale as something more.
The secluded, gated neighborhood has miles of walking trails, a community dock on appropriately named Briar's Creek and ponds that permit only watercraft with noncombustible engines from kayaks to electric boats. A quarter of the lot owners aren't club members. They pay $20,000 to be able to access docks, the clubhouse and lodge.
"It's a nature community, really," Koenig said. Consider his wedding last month at his million-dollar compound styled like a Wisconsin fishing camp on the property's Lake Sharon. As part of the outdoor ceremony, his bride ferried across the lake on a electric-powered boat to meet him for the wedding vows.
Now, with the course maturing and natural amenities completed, Briar's Creek is entering a new phase. The partnership and broker Atlantic Island Properties are marketing the one- to seven-acre lots, priced from $397,000 to $780,000. They are advertising worldwide with buyers as far away as England. And developers are gearing up for construction of a new 13,000-square-foot clubhouse, eight private "golf cottages" and a host of seven-figure custom homes with a turn of the (20th) century look and feel. Koenig's house stands out as one of the very few houses built.
Angus "Gus" Bright, director of marketing for Briar's Creek, has been ramping up efforts to promote the community, including showing prospective clients a video that explains the neighborhood's history and mission while highlighting its natural expanses.
"This is an amazing place, a rare bird," he said. There are no lots on the golf course; the latest area released for sale is Gnarled Oaks with two- to four-acre properties on Lake Sharon. The 52-acre body of water has two miles of shoreline and stocked with large-mouth bass. Twenty-five acres are set aside as a nature sanctuary for birds, including eagles. The community is just 10 minutes from Kiawah Island and 25 minutes from downtown Charleston.
The lot sales and custom-home construction will make Briar's Creek more populated. But Koenig wants the site to keep its rustic charm.
"We want to develop a community, not just a housing development," he said.
To visit Briar's Creek from downtown Charleston, take the James Island connector to Folly Road, turning right on Folly and then left on Maybank Highway. Follow Maybank across the Stono River Bridge and turn left on River Road. Continue on River Road for nine miles to Blackground Road 1/2 mile before the St. Johns Fire Station. Turn left on Blackground. The entrance to Briar's Creek is 1/2 mile down the road on the left.