There are no shortcuts to reach Fripp Island. As you might guess by the "island" part, this coastal getaway in the South Carolina lowcountry is the last thing on U.S. 21 between the mainland and the Atlantic Ocean.
But for visitors - and especially visiting golfers - that's not necessarily a bad thing.
As you cross the bridge onto Fripp on a hot August morning, a glance out the passenger window produced a view of two dolphins frolicking in the waterway. And throughout our round that day on Ocean Creek - one of two on-island courses, along with Ocean Point Links - our attention to golf shots was distracted by spectacular views of salt marshes, lagoons and live oaks, not to mention an endless array of wildlife: egrets, herons, ospreys and, most surprising of all, deer seemingly so tame they might walk onto a green and advise you on a putt.
If you're ready to get away from it all - well, all except golf and a slower, more relaxed pace - Fripp Island has a lot going for it. Accommodations are subject to previous sale, so simply select "request more info from the seller" and share your desired travel dates to determine availability and pricing.