With a tiny membership of well under one hundred and correspondingly high dues, Cherokee Plantation puts the "private" in private club. The stylistic theme here is exactly what the name suggests: the elegance and charm of the Antebellum South (minus the baggage). The grounds spread over hundreds of acres of wetlands bordering the Combahee River, where waterfowl stop on their yearly migrations, and indeed members also enjoy fishing and hunting for deer, turkey and other wild fowl. British designer Donald Steel worked the wild brush into the punishing rough, which can be difficult to get out of. The layout plays swift and solid, and all of the surfaces are impeccably groomed. The holes are tree-lined, and the bunkering, while not extensive, is daunting, resembling that on Scottish links. Not many people have the opportunity to play at Cherokee Plantation, so if ever the chance arises, grab it!