Belfair was established when William Telfair of Savannah married
Betsy Bellinger in 1811. They took the first part of “Bellinger” and the last of “Telfair” to name their new plantationBelfair. Since its development as a country estate and working plantation devoted to agriculture, Belfair has transformed into a world class private golfing community. It consists of 730 home sites with 40 non-property memberships and a maximum membership of 770.
In 2010, Belfair celebrated it’s fifteenth anniversary. Approximately 1100 acres in size, Belfair is located on the mainland in Bluffton, SC, five miles from Hilton Head Island, SC on Highway 278. Its waterfront side faces the marshes of the Colleton River. Belfair is 25 miles north of Savannah, GA, 32 miles south of Beaufort, SC and 110 miles south of Charleston, SC.
Along with the magnificent half-mile oak-lined drive, Belfair is home to both prehistoric and historic sites, dramatic marsh and river views, secluded wetlands and Hidden Lake, a 42-acre freshwater chain of lakes. The upper portion of Hidden Lake contains what has been classified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as one of the more significant colonial wading bird rookeries in South Carolina. The rookery has been preserved as a conservancy, demonstrating the developer’s commitment to preserving the ecological integrity of the land. Other wildlife found at Belfair include the great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, green backed heron, the endangered wood stork, bald eagle, wild turkey and the fox. Belfair members enjoy the diverse natural beauty and wildlife with nature trails and designated wildlife viewing areas.