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Wescott Plantation, North Charleston

Following the “build it and they will come” philosophy, the city of North Charleston built The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation as a municipal course with a difference. Initially situated in an area free of any residential construction, the course has spurred a building boom over the past three years, with a number of different builders involved in developing the surrounding property.

According to Realtor Kevin Hoffman of Prudential Carolina Real Estate’s New Homes division, one section is nearly full while another is in the process of opening.

“Wescott Glen is a section of larger family homes on the golf course,” Hoffman says. “They are 2,000 to over 3,000 square feet.” If you want one of them, however, you’d better act fast — there are only two left.

Hoffman is excited about the next stage of development, The Courtyards, which marks the first project outside the Columbia area for major midlands builder Mungo Homes.

“Harbor Homes, a Mungo company offshoot, is building the Courtyards,” he says. Smaller patio homes with yards built on the golf course, they are modeled after a similar development in Columbia.

“These were the most successful series of homes for Mungo in Columbia in a development called Ivy Green, and this will be the first of its kind in the Charleston area,” he says. “The reason they’re attractive to retired couples and busy professionals is that they come with maintenance included and full garages, yet they’re still single-family homes, not condos.”

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation is the primary attraction for many homebuyers, with 27 holes divided between three nines — Oak Forest, Burn Kill and Black Robin. The sections of the course are arranged in graduating degrees of diff iculty, from Oak Forest on up to the most challenging of the three, Black Robin.

The Courtyards is still in a very early stage, but Hoffman says he is already seeing a high level of interest. “It is still a little rough out here, but we have the construction close to being done on the model home,” he says. “We’ll build 120 homes, and we’ve sold 20 already (as of late March).”

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation is the primary attraction for many homebuyers, with 27 holes divided between three nines — Oak Forest, Burn Kill and Black Robin. The sections of the course are arranged in graduating degrees of difficulty, from Oak Forest on up to the most challenging of the three, Black Robin. Cut out of swampy, wooded land, the course has more natural beauty than many planned courses.

In an unusual arrangement, the city of North Charleston commissioned and financed the construction of the Michael Hurdzan-designed course. Planted with new-generation grasses, the TifSport fairways and TifEagle greens are maintained at peak playing condition. In addition to the course, there is a nearly 13,000-square-foot clubhouse, pro shop, and full-service dining, meeting rooms, and special-event space.

Among the new residents who came for the golf are Jeff Roberts, an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy in Charleston, and his wife, Gi Gi. “I’ve always wanted to live on a golf course,” Roberts says. “We came here on a transfer from Yorktown, Va.”

His Coast Guard connections led him to Wescott Glen. “Ron Henderson, our Realtor, is retired Coast Guard,” Roberts says. “After us, there were eight or nine others from my office who now live here, too.”

Roberts and his family take advantage of the other amenities available as well as the golf course. “My daughter goes to the pool at the clubhouse,” he says.

For Don and Donna Gaudette, who relocated locally from the Archdale subdivision, Wescott’s location was a big draw, as were the spacious floor plans available.

“We really wanted to custombuild our own home, but we wanted to stay on Dorchester Road and not go too far out,” Donna Gaudette says. “We weren’t even in a hurry to build, but I had seen this floor plan for a single-story home and I liked it and it met our needs.”

Even though the couple doesn’t play golf, they will take advantage of the other amenities offered, she says. “We’re looking to use the swimming pool for exercise,” says Gaudette. “I take my grandson to the park by the pool, too.”

Realtor Kevin Hoffman has quite literally made an investment in Wescott Plantation, one that speaks volumes about the quality of life afforded to the residents.

“I bought a house here myself and moved in last November,” Hoffman says. “I know all my neighbors because I sold them all their houses. We have a number of military, retirees — it’s just a nice place to live.”

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