It was the early 1950s when General Joseph Fraser of Hinesville, Georgia, began lumbering operations on a large tract of land he had purchased with partners at the southern tip of Hilton Head Island.
His eldest son, Joseph, was just completing the timbering of the property when his son, Charles, convinced him to protect a 5,000-acre parcel and develop it into a planned residential resort built in concert with nature. Named Sea Pines, the community featured roads deliberately curved to preserve the beauty of the forest with homes and buildings tucked among the land’s centuries-old oaks.
Recognizing the important role recreation would play in the coastal resort, the Frasers set aside 605 acres as a forest preserve, laid out miles of recreational trails and built the island’s first golf course. Eight years later, they opened Harbour Town Golf Links. Designed by Pete Dye and design consultant Jack Nicklaus, it became one of the world’s most renowned golf courses thanks to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, the PGA TOUR event the Frasers helped organize in 1969.
Today, Sea Pines continues to serve as a model for environmentally sensitive development and a favorite vacation destination for families.
Located in the beautiful Plantation Golf Club, Fraser’s Tavern has a decidedly relaxed, inviting feel with an open dining room and bar featuring comfortable leather furniture, big booths, large-screened TVs, a dart board and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide 270-degree views of the adjacent Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes courses. Outdoor seating is also available on the spacious porch.
Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, Fraser’s is the perfect place to join your favorite foursome for breakfast or lunch, gather with friends and neighbors for a cold beer or bring the family for a casual dinner.