We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.
And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.
Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.
My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.
I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Hilton Head Island.
Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of my most popular photography services in Hilton Head Island: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.
The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.
I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.
I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.
Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Hilton Head Island is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:
Whatever location you choose for family photography in Hilton Head Island, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.
As a family photographer in Hilton Head Island, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.
I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.
Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:
Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.
With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.
Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.
A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.
Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.
Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that youÃ¢â¬â¢ll be proud to showcase and share with others.Quote Request 843-735-2275
A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:
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Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.
Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?
Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.
None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.
Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.
Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:
I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.
This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.
Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.
If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!
As a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.
"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."
One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Hilton Head Island or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!843-735-2275
Summertime can be quite fun on Hilton Head Island regardless of your interests. Whether you’re a local or among the island’s many visitors, the opportunities to have a memorable summer are endless.Do you have an affinity for water sports? Riding personal watercraft is a popular activity around Hilton Head Island and the surrounding waterways.A personal watercraft, often referred to generically as a Jet Ski, is a small jet-propelled marine transportation vehicle, generally used for recreational purposes, that is ridd...
Summertime can be quite fun on Hilton Head Island regardless of your interests. Whether you’re a local or among the island’s many visitors, the opportunities to have a memorable summer are endless.
Do you have an affinity for water sports? Riding personal watercraft is a popular activity around Hilton Head Island and the surrounding waterways.
A personal watercraft, often referred to generically as a Jet Ski, is a small jet-propelled marine transportation vehicle, generally used for recreational purposes, that is ridden across the surface of the water and has been a favorite activity for many families and friends who visit or live in the area. While many people tend to call all such vehicles as Jet Skis, that name refers to a specific brand of vehicle made by Kawasaki.
Although it’s all family fun, it’s still important to remain safe. According to South Carolina laws and regulations, a person aged 16 years old or older may operate any boat or personal watercraft (PWC) without restrictions. However, a person younger than 16 years old may operate a boat or PWC powered by less than 15 hp without restrictions. They may only operate a boat or PWC powered by 15 hp or more if they are accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old who is not under the influence of alcohol/drugs if they have passed a boating safety course approved by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
If you’re looking to rent one for your next adventure, here are four local rental agencies on Hilton Head Island for you to book your next experience.
Sea Monkeys Watersports, located at 43A Jenkins Island Road, has plenty of rentals guests can take advantage of to explore the waters around the island. Among them, Jet Ski opportunities are available from Mondays through Saturdays for designated trip times at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. ,1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Jet skis can be rented online at https://www.seamonkeyshhi.com/jetski-rentals or call 843-842-4754 for more information.
Each Jet Ski can seat either two adults or one adult and two children at a time. Each Jet Ski can be rented for $150 per vehicle and military discounts are available with current or reserve Identification card. To operate a Jet Ski through Sea Monkeys Watersports, you must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license and parental or a legal guardian’s consent, any passenger riding with a 16 or 17 year old operator must be at least 18 years or older and children riding must weigh at least 30 pounds.
H2O Watersports is an activity and rental company on Hilton Head Island that can be found at 149 Lighthouse Road in Harbour Town. Aside from personal watercraft rentals, H2O Watersports also offers alligator tours, dolphin tours, boat tours, paddle boarding, sailing charters, parasailing and more. Activities are great for long-lasting memories for those in the family who may be looking for a thrill, a relaxing time or looking to see the local sights. personal watercraft can be rented online at https://www.h2osports.com/hilton-head-waverunner-jetski-rental.php or you may call 843-671-4386.
H2O offers “the largest riding area on Hilton Head Island” that is free from no wake zones, according to the company’s website. Single seated WaveRunners, a brand of personal watercraft, may be reserved for an hourly rate of $155 or a two-seat for $175 per hour.
WaveRunners offer guests the ability to ride in a seated position rather than Jet Skis, which allow an individual to sit in a position similar to riding a motorcycle.
In addition, at least one rider per WaveRunner must be 18 years old and present a valid driver’s license at check-in. Minors may drive as long as a licensed adult is onboard and riders must be at least 6 years. old. Switching passengers during the rental is not permitted by the company. However, for those interested in documenting their experience, GoPro video packages are available.
Lowcountry Watersports offers boat tours and rental services for water sport activities around the island. Located in Palmetto Bay Marina at 86 Helmsman Way, Suite 101, the outdoor adventure company offers families a unique way to experience the island from the water. Personal watercraft can be rented any day of the week and may be booked online at https://lowcountrywatersports.com/hilton-head-tours/jet-ski/ or call 843-684-2004 for more information.
Guests get the chance to reserve some of Lowcountry Watersports’ new VX Yamaha WaveRunners. The experience is a guided tour that lasts for 75 minutes and begins at Palmetto Bay and takes you through Broad Creek, which is a 6-mile-long waterway that divides Hilton Head Island, according to the company’s website. Each WaveRunner has a two person capacity and riders much be 6 years old or older. Operators must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license. Each WaveRunner is $149 per rental.
Sky Pirate Parasail on Hilton Head offers a variety of outdoor activity options and earned Tripadvisor’s ‘Travelers’ Choice’ last year. Offering “thrill-of-a-lifetime adventures,” this company provides opportunities such as parasailing, tubing and skiing, personal watercraft riding, paddleboarding and boat rentals. Personal watercraft rentals can be rented per rider for every 90 minutes you wish to skim across the island’s surrounding waters. Reservations for your experience can be booked online at https://skypirateparasail.com/jet-skis/ or you can call 843-842-2566 for more information.
Sky Pirate Parasail offers “amazing yet affordable jet skis for rent” with the “most popular among riders” being the Yamaha WaveRunners. The company’s personal watercraft rentals are available from Mondays through Sundays between 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. seasonally. Riders will have the opportunity to cruise along Broad Creek to the designated riding area.
Rental rates are charged at $140 per 90 minutes for a single rider or $150 per 90 minutes for double riders. Only a maximum of two riders are allowed for each WaveRunner and guests must be at least 18 years old and with a valid driver’s license to rent and operate one of the companies WaveRunners. Passengers must at least 6 years old or older and may only ride at the back. Riders must also watch a 10 minute safety video prior to the experience and will have to wear a life jacket at all times. In addition, you will not be allowed to operate any of the company’s WaveRunners if you are under the influence of alcohol.
This story was originally published April 29, 2023, 8:00 AM.
Despite being one of the smaller states in the country, South Carolina has plenty of distinct golf destinations. For those looking for an affordable buddies trip with stay-and-play deals, there’s Myrtle Beach. Kiawah Island provides a high-end resort getaway, while nearby Charleston has some decent golf to go along with a charming downtown filled with great food.And then there’s Hilton Head Island, which in many ways is a fusion of all the other Palmetto State golf destinations. Situated on the southern coast about an hour...
Despite being one of the smaller states in the country, South Carolina has plenty of distinct golf destinations. For those looking for an affordable buddies trip with stay-and-play deals, there’s Myrtle Beach. Kiawah Island provides a high-end resort getaway, while nearby Charleston has some decent golf to go along with a charming downtown filled with great food.
And then there’s Hilton Head Island, which in many ways is a fusion of all the other Palmetto State golf destinations. Situated on the southern coast about an hour from Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head makes for a quick weekend getaway for East Coasters. The island is best known for its luxury Sea Pines Resort, with its three top courses including Harbour Town, host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. You can also find courses with decent value on the island and just off, in the neighboring town of Bluffton. Combine the solid golf with the island’s relaxing vibe, great seafood and miles of beaches, and it's worthy of a trip.
To help you plan your next golf trip to Hilton Head, we’ve selected the best courses you can play on the island and in the surrounding area. This collection has something for every itinerary, from 100 Greatest Public courses, to stay-and-play resorts, to affordable off-island tracks.
Scroll on to learn more about each course and read reviews from our course-ranking panelists and readers. Have you played one of these courses? We encourage you to leave your review and star rating as part of Places to Play, our hub of courses content, complete with course reviews, experts’ opinions and star ratings.
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In the late 1960s, Jack Nicklaus landed the design contract for Harbour Town, then turned it over to his new partner, Pete Dye, who was determined to distinguish his work from that of rival Robert Trent Jones. Soon after Harbour Town opened in late November 1969 (with a victory by Arnold Palmer in the Heritage Classic), the course debuted on America’s 100 Greatest as one of the Top 10. It was a total departure for golf at the time. No mounds, no elevated tees, no elevated greens—just low-profile and abrupt change. Tiny greens hung atop railroad ties directly over water hazards. Trees blocked direct shots. Harbour Town gave Pete Dye national attention and put Jack Nicklaus, who made more than 100 inspection trips in collaborating with Dye, in the design business. Pete’s wife, Alice, also contributed, instructing workers on the size and shape of the unique 13th green, a sinister one edged by cypress planks.
Built some 35 years after nearby Harbour Town Golf Links, May River is an interesting contrast in Jack Nicklaus' portfolio. It's an equally low-profile layout with a number of bump-and-run approach shots but with several Pine Valley-like waste areas and with larger, bolder greens. The classic routing has the front nine turning clockwise through forest while the back nine circles counter-clockwise. Both touch repeatedly on the wetlands of namesake May River.
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Overhauled by David Love III, Atlantic Dunes is the reconstruction of The Sea Pines Resort’s Ocean Course, Hilton Head’s first golf course. This lowcountry track features water on almost every hole, beautiful Spanish moss-draped oaks, and lurking gators, if you look close enough. The seaside feel of the course is accentuated by the native grasses and coquina shells scattered throughout.
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With the goal of making the course more playable for an average golfer, Pete Dye modified this Hilton Head course by adding several tee boxes and enlarging a handful of the greens. However, Heron Point still maintains a tough test with its risk-reward holes, Dye-signature mounding and water-guarded greens. Additionally, the Sea Pines resort course conserves and protects its natural landscape, which led to its certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
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When the Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Dunes Resort opened in the mid-1980s, there was no rough. Instead, the holes were protected by the natural mounding and contouring of the landing areas. They have since added rough, but with less than 20 bunkers in play on the entire course, the prominent mounding remains the distinctive feature. Live oaks frame many of the landing areas, which are occasionally quite narrow and semi-blind from the tees. The course is one of three layouts at this Hilton Head Island resort.
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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the 1960s, the Jones course was the first of the three to open at Palmetto Dunes Resort. The original layout is also the most forgiving of the three from tee to green, with wide fairways and large greens that have gentle slopes. Though most holes play inland, winding through lagoons and palmetto trees, the par-5 10th plays directly toward the Atlantic Ocean, with the green set against the beach. Before your round, make sure to check out the Toptracer driving range, which tracks your ball flight and gives you some key metrics.
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A par-70 layout with a slope and rating of 74/145 from the back tees, the George Fazio course at Palmetto Dunes Resort is a tough test. That said, it is a slicer-friendly track, with much of the out-of-bounds and serious trouble off the tee coming on the left side, away from a typical slicer’s miss. Unlike the sibling Arthur Hills layout at the Hilton Head Island resort, which has very few fairway bunkers, there are many large bunkers in play off the tee on the Fazio, though with shallow lips, they aren’t too penal. Still, encroaching trees, angled water hazards and a variety of tricky green shapes make the Fazio arguably the most challenging of the three courses at Palmetto Dunes Resort.
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Situated on the north end of Hilton Head Island, Oyster Reef is a Rees Jones design that plays on 190 acres of South Carolina lowcountry, weaving through lagoons, live oaks and pines. With plenty of doglegs through tree-lined corridors, the course demands accuracy off the tee to set up clear approach shots to the greens. There are some sprawling bunkers with jagged tongues that enhance the aesthetics and strategic value of the course. The par-3 sixth is the standout hole at Oyster Reef, as it plays to a green set against the Port Royal Sound, offering a serene ocean view.
Hilton Head National is a Gary Player and Bobby Weed design located in Bluffton, a few miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island. Unlike some nearby courses situated in residential areas, Hilton Head National has no houses on the course, giving it a secluded feel. The fairways are generally forgiving, though there are some tighter tee shots on the back nine. The sixth is a strong drivable par 4 for longer hitters, with a lagoon guarding the entire right side and bunkers on the left for those who bail out.
Located just down the road from Hilton Head National in Bluffton, Old South has few homes on the course (much like its neighbor), which helps immerse golfers in the lowcountry setting. Though the course is not overly challenging, water or marshes come into play on nearly every hole, often set well back from the line of play. There is a nice mix of holes—some play inland with trees lining the fairways, while there are stretches that run along a large marshland area. There are some forced carries over water, notably at the seventh and 16th, where the tees, fairways and greens are all separated by marshlands. With rates routinely under $100, Old South provides nice value in a region of generally pricey green fees.
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Golden Bear Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus’ design firm and is located in the heart of Hilton Head Island. Trees closely line many fairways with overhanging limbs cutting off certain lines, requiring players to set up proper angles to have clear shots into the greens. The course is part of the Indigo Run community, but given the holes are lined with dense stands of oaks, pines and cypress trees, many of the homes are set well back from the fairways. You can find solid value at Golden Bear later in the afternoon, when rates often dip under $70.
Through three months of the season, the No. 3 South Carolina baseball team featured one of the most fearsome offenses in the country.But injuries have mounted in recent weeks, and USC’s thinned-out lineup struggled for a second-straight game against Auburn on Saturday. Playing without their starting shortstop, third baseman and second baseman, USC fell to Auburn 9-5,dropping just their second series of the season.The series loss is a rare brush of adversity for the No. 3 Gamecocks (34-8, 13-6 SEC), who had vaulted up the ...
Through three months of the season, the No. 3 South Carolina baseball team featured one of the most fearsome offenses in the country.
But injuries have mounted in recent weeks, and USC’s thinned-out lineup struggled for a second-straight game against Auburn on Saturday. Playing without their starting shortstop, third baseman and second baseman, USC fell to Auburn 9-5,dropping just their second series of the season.
The series loss is a rare brush of adversity for the No. 3 Gamecocks (34-8, 13-6 SEC), who had vaulted up the national rankings after sweeping then-No. 3 Florida last weekend.
“My message to the team was, if you think you’re gonna go through an entire 30-game SEC season and never have a little adversity, never have it go against you, then you haven’t followed SEC baseball,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “It’s part of it. So how we handle it is going to be key for how we do moving forward.”
Auburn’s (25-17-1, 9-11) bats picked up where they left off from Friday’s eight-run effort against USC ace Will Sanders, pounding right-hander Jack Mahoney for six runs — including two home runs — in the first two innings. The explosion put the Gamecocks in an imposing hole out of the gate, and USC didn’t have the hitters it needed to spark a comeback.
Kingston had no choice but to trot out a new-look lineup Saturday after the Gamecocks lost shortstop Braylen Wimmer to a hamstring injury late in Friday’s game. Kingston said Saturday that Wimmer could miss up to two weeks. In past weeks, USC lost second baseman Will McGillis (broken arm) and third Talmadge LeCroy (hamstring), sapping the lineup of much of its top-of-the-order punch.
With all of the injuries, catcher Cole Messina started at third base Saturday, Jonathan French started at catcher, Michael Braswell moved from third to short and freshman Will Tippett got the nod at second base. Much like Friday, the lineup seemed overpowered against Saturday starter Christian Herberholz.
The right-hander mimicked the formula teammate Tommy Vail employed in Game 1, using his fastball up in the zone to generate swings and misses. Touching 94 mph, Herberholz struck out six and allowed just one run on three hits in four innings before giving way to the bullpen.
The Gamecocks showed hints of life in later innings, thanks in large part to the efforts of Messina at the plate. The sophomore drilled a two-run double in the fifth inning, then added a two-run homer in the seventh to cut the deficit to three runs. But Auburn first baseman Cooper McMurray hit his second homer of the game in the ninth to take an insurance run back.
With rain in the forecast Sunday morning, Game 3 will start at 3 p.m. instead of its original noon first pitch. The Gamecocks will try to avoid their first sweep of the season. Their only other series loss came on the road against No. 4 Vanderbilt earlier in the month.
“We all have to pick each other up,” Kingston said. “The pitchers have carried us on many days. And on the days where the starting pitchers are not quite as good, offensively we need to try to pick them up. So it’s a team game. You win together, we lose together, and pitchers and hitters have to complement each other.”
Sunday: vs. Auburn, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Wednesday: at Winthrop, 6 p.m. (ESPN Plus)
Friday: at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Saturday: at Kentucky, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
This story was originally published April 29, 2023, 6:52 PM.
Did you know that several shark species inhabit the waters around Beaufort County?Although the species and their populations are ever-changing throughout the year, depending on the season, some are almost always nearby.Although this may alarm some, it’s actually not as big of a concern as many may assume.Just as sharks inhabit the ocean, including the waters around Beaufort County, some may find themselves in nearby rivers or even come close to the surf to feed.Some species, such as the great white shark, ar...
Did you know that several shark species inhabit the waters around Beaufort County?
Although the species and their populations are ever-changing throughout the year, depending on the season, some are almost always nearby.
Although this may alarm some, it’s actually not as big of a concern as many may assume.
Just as sharks inhabit the ocean, including the waters around Beaufort County, some may find themselves in nearby rivers or even come close to the surf to feed.
Some species, such as the great white shark, are generally more of a winter species around Hilton Head Island, whereas others are predominantly only around in the summer months.
Depending on the season and how far from shore you may be, there could be between 20 to 40 different shark species you could encounter. However, if you’re only considering what you could come across within a few miles from shore throughout the summer months, this brings it to approximately 13 or 14 species of sharks in the area, says Bryan Frazier, the principal investigator of shark research for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
As for the shark species you may encounter in the surf, these could include blacktips, finetooths, bonnethead, spinner sharks or lemon sharks.
These species can generally be seen feeding in “pretty shallow water,” Frazier said.
Also occasionally seen swimming in the surf, the Atlantic sharpnose is one of the most common species found off the coast of South Carolina and many are caught as a result of surf fishing from the beach. The Atlantic sharpnose is one of the smaller species of shark.
Some of the bigger shark species, such as great white sharks, bull sharks, hammerheads and tiger sharks, can come close to shore but are generally not seen from the beach unless one is brought in after being hooked from surf fishing. However, they do feed in the nearby coastal waters.
If you do see a shark in the water, Frazier says there’s typically no need to panic.
“They are there most of the time. We don’t see them because the water is murky, but they are there. You know, that’s where they are supposed to be. They live in the ocean and they feed in that surf zone because there is bait in that surf zone,” Frazier said.
Blacktips and other sharks are generally seen in the surf around Hilton Head, Beaufort County and other coastal regions of South Carolina, feeding on small bait fish, such as mullet and menhaden, which are common in the surf zone. Whiting and small red drum are also common bait fish for certain varieties of shark that inhabit nearby surf zones.
As for bonnethead sharks, they can generally be seen in the surf feeding on blue crabs.
If you take notice of a shark feeding in the surf, it most likely may be a blacktip shark, which is easily identifiable by its black-tipped dorsal fin.
In the coastal waters surrounding Hilton Head Island and the rest of Beaufort County, bigger species like bull sharks are more prevalent in the deeper parts of the sound and river areas as there is more food in these locations. Fortunately, these are areas where people typically don’t go swimming. These species of bigger, more-lengthy sharks can include great whites, bull sharks, big tiger sharks, great hammerheads, scalloped hammerheads, lemon sharks, spinner sharks, sandbar sharks and blacktip sharks, according to Frazier.
The entirety of South Carolina’s coastal waters have all of the big sharks that can be found globally, depending on the time of year.
This story was originally published April 27, 2023, 7:00 AM.
As summer nears, and before parents get caught hearing the inevitable humdrum whining tune of “I’m bored,” they should check out these kid-friendly outdoor Beaufort County activities.Pro tip: You never have to leave the beach if you camp there. Make some core memories with your kids by pitching up a tent at one of two available campgrounds on the park’s north end and waking up to a gorgeous sunrise to start the beach day all over again. Each campground has access to restrooms and showers. Visitors can also book...
As summer nears, and before parents get caught hearing the inevitable humdrum whining tune of “I’m bored,” they should check out these kid-friendly outdoor Beaufort County activities.
Pro tip: You never have to leave the beach if you camp there. Make some core memories with your kids by pitching up a tent at one of two available campgrounds on the park’s north end and waking up to a gorgeous sunrise to start the beach day all over again. Each campground has access to restrooms and showers. Visitors can also book dolphin-watching tours or a tour of St. Phillip’s Island, an undeveloped barrier island home to a cottage for rent that was once owned by Ted Turner.
Anyone with a hankering for the old days when drive-in theaters were all the rage can pretend they’ve been transported back in time at the Highway 21 Drive-In Theater. Featuring the latest Hollywood films, the theater boasts over four decades worth of history in the area. In 2017, it was pronounced among the best drive-ins in the country by the Travel Channel, according to previous Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet reporting.
Take a walk through the Cypress Wetlands and Rookery in Port Royal and learn all about the birds and other critters who call it home. The rookery, located in Port Royal’s downtown area near Ribaut Road and Paris Avenue, attracts tourists and local birders alike year-round. Over the next six weeks, according to previous reporting, visitors will be privy to a flurry of wildlife activity from the boardwalk as birds begin to build their nests and chicks begin to hatch.
Get a front-row look at the Lowcountry’s most precious ecosystems by booking a guided kayak tour with the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, an environmental preservation nonprofit organization on Okatie Highway. A naturalist with the Port Royal Sound Foundation will take you and your crew out from the Maritime Center for a two-hour guided tour of the Chechessee River. Kids under 13 years old must ride in a kayak with an adult. Tours can be booked online at the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center website
If the rookery in Port Royal wasn’t enough for animal-enthused kiddos, head over to the wildlife preserve on Pinckney Island. Thousands of migratory birds flock to the island each year and other animals like alligators, snakes and turtles also call it home. Families can go to the island from sunrise to sunset and can hike or bike to spot their favorite critters.
For kids who need to get a little extra energy out, exploring Hilton Head and its beaches on bicycles from Avocado Bikes might just be the ticket. The electric bike rental store is located at 890 William Hilton Parkway. Cruise along the beach and, when the kids get tired, stop in at a local restaurant on the water.
Amateur adventurers can flex their exploring muscles on this 3.4-mile stretch of walking trails along an old Seaboard Air Line Railway corridor. If you’re lucky, you might spot one of the many animals that call this trail home including alligators, armadillos and deer.
Take kids to meet local farmers and vendors and teach them about the benefits of locally grown produce at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market. The market started in 2008 and received such a positive response from locals and tourists alike that it was moved from the Bluffton Oyster Company Park to a stretch of Calhoun and Lawrence Streets. In its new location, the market “serves the public better,” according to its website. Shoppers are welcome from noon until 5 p.m. every Thursday.
This story was originally published April 29, 2023, 10:00 AM.