Much of life at Sun City revolves around the Town Square, a 45-acre community
recreation campus that boasts a 17,000 square foot social hall with lectures,
workshops, dances, concerts and more than 80 chartered clubs. The Purrysburg
Fitness Center has a dance and aerobics studio, fitness equipment and two
swimming pools. Residents enjoy tennis, croquet, horseshoes, bocce, bicycling,
softball, fitness trails, and fishing and boating on the 20-acre Lake
Somerset. There is also an extensive walking trail, a one-mile long
elevated boardwalk that meanders through acres of wooded land and
Gardeners will be delighted by the community garden that has 57
fenced 20’ x 20’ plots for lease. The Yemasee Crafts
Center has workshops for ceramics, painting and sewing, as well as a computer
lab and a fully-equipped, 6,250-square-foot workshop, something not found in
many active adult communities.
Golf is a way of life in South Carolina, and Sun City has two of its own
golf courses, the 18-hole Okatie Creek Golf Club with a 10,400 square foot
clubhouse, and the Hidden Cypress Golf Club, which has a restaurant, fitness
center and a 5,000 square foot heated pool. Many more courses can be
found throughout the area.
Hilton Head Island is the second largest barrier island on the eastern
seaboard and is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. It attracts tourists and
vacationers from all over the world; its year-round population is roughly
34,000, but that number blossoms to nearly 275,000 people during the summer
months. It popularity has lead to growth restrictions, and as a result,
development has spilled over into nearby communities, which is the case with
To manage the situation, Bluffton city leaders have begun
to annex surrounding land, and in the last five years, Bluffton has grown from
640 acres (one square mile) to 32,000 acres, although much of this land is
currently open space. One day, however, it will be the site of planned
housing developments and business parks. This rapid growth is something
to weigh if considering retirement here.
If, however, growth is not an issue, then there is more to
do here than in many other retirement destinations. Hilton Head
boasts the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the 120 member chorus of the
Hilton Head Choral Society, the renowned Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra,
the largest annual outdoor wine tasting event on the east coast and the
Verizon Heritage, a PGA golf event. All this in addition to beach
activities, dining and shopping or simply enjoying a drive up the coast.
Excellent medical care is also available at the nearby Coastal Carolina
Medical Center, a full service hospital, and at Bluffton/Okatie Outpatient
Center, which provides physician services, physical therapy and wellness
programs. On-site ambulance service is available to five major hospitals
located within 30 miles of Sun City.
The climate is considered mild; 70s and 80s are common during the summer,
although temperatures can reach into the 90s with 75% humidity. Winter
temperatures average in the 50s and 60s. Each month sees 3 to 6
inches of rain.
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