Living The Game
St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.
St. James’ legacy lives on in many forms. Numerous churches, hospitals and even a Broadway theater have been named after the patron saint of equestrians (among other things). There aren’t any horses at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C., but there’s plenty of wide-open space, a nature trail and Waterway Park contained within the private community’s 5,000 acres.
Still, it’s the golf that’s truly heavenly at St. James Plantation, particularly the new Reserve Course, from Nicklaus Design, that opened late last summer. It’s a gem and distances itself from the community’s three other courses.
Designed by Michael Nicklaus (Jack’s youngest son), the Reserve constantly surprises and never disappoints, especially for experienced golfers who will appreciate his attention to detail.
By the way, St. James is also the patron saint of knights, and while the Reserve course upstages the Plantation’s other offerings, it does so gallantly. Although it’s superior to the other tracks, all four are unified by the area’s low-country topography and offer something for every golfer, regardless of skill level.
Living at St. James doesn’t just include convenience to its four golf courses and a state-of-the-art deep-water marina on the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s also a fitness center replete with an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, classes in Tai Chi, Pilates and yoga, clay and hard-surfaced tennis courts, walking and biking trails, and more than 25 community-based social clubs and organizations.
Who calls St. James home? Residents from all over. Forty states and a dozen countries are represented at St. James. Most people are retired, although it’s not uncommon to see families with children putting down roots here, too.