If you are looking at a map of the Grand Strand, Pawleys Island sits on the southern edge of it. Pawleys Island has two distinct communities. The community known as Pawley's sits on a barrier island. The total permanent population of this community is only a few hundred. With very few exceptions, there are no industrial or commercial developments on the island. Many older homes offer a true sense of what the island community is. The pace of life on the island is in sharp contrast to the inland part of the community.
Many consider the inland part of the community not a true part of Pawleys Island. However, for tourists and those moving to the area, they blend. The off island community is across the Intracoastal Waterway from the Island. This community offers tourists the ability to golf at world class golf courses. They also dine at restaurants along Ocean Highway. The inland community is where the schools and other infrastructure sit for the larger community. When you visit this area you will find that both communities offer everything you need when you live there or if you are visiting it.
Golf is a big reason why people visit the Pawleys Island community. There are world class golf courses in just about any direction. Many choose to attend the Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation. This school offers programs for golfers of many skill levels. For those who want to take in rounds of golf the local courses offer plenty of challenge. You can try Willbrook Plantation Golf Club, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, The Founder's Club, and Heritage Club, among others. You can spend every day on the links and never play the same game twice.
You can also take in other natural beauty while visiting Pawley's Island. You can take a charter boat offshore or inshore for great fishing. If you want a personal water craft experience, try kayaking along the waterways. You can take in the galleries and other attractions offered in the business district. You can spend all your time along the beautiful beaches also. The choices are entirely up to you. That is why this Island is a true hidden gem along the Grand Strand. This isn't the place you would go for amusement parks and the nightlife. It is a place for relaxation and peace for people of all ages.