HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Fitness Center at Sea Pines Country Club – Hilton Head Island’s premier private club – is ranked among the “Top 50 Fitness and Wellness Centers in the U.S.” by Club + Resort Business (C + RB), coming in at 37 on the inaugural list.
A leading trade publication based in Cleveland, C + RB covers the operations and management staff at country clubs, city clubs, yacht clubs and resorts that operate club-like facilities. Its “Top Ranked” initiative for fitness and wellness highlights properties with the “Top 50 Fitness and Wellness” facilities and programs, as judged independently by a panel of general managers from several top clubs.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by Club + Resort Business, which we hold in high regard, as well as our industry peers who understand the ins and outs of creating and running fitness and wellness facilities for members,” says Robbie Ames, Sea Pines Country Club General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. “As a lifestyle-focused club, we’re committed to our members’ health and wellness through the creation of industry-leading facilities, programming and service.”
Sea Pines Country Club’s Fitness Center was expanded from 2,500 to 7,300 square-feet in 2019 as part of a major clubhouse renovation. A favorite amenity of the club’s 1,600-plus members, the facility features the latest cardio and strength training equipment, as well as a grab-and-go café and infrared sauna.
A second floor with a balcony overlooking the tennis courts and golf practice range features a multi-purpose room for group classes and gatherings. Locker rooms were doubled in size to accommodate infrared saunas, a popular post-workout amenity. The group fitness lineup includes yoga, Pilates, spin, full-body strength training, TRX and water aerobics. Physical and massage therapy round out the offerings.
Criteria for inclusion in the Top 50 Fitness and Wellness Center included data on fitness and spa facility size, and the size of retail and/or food-and-beverage facilities related to fitness/wellness; average member usage, both on a monthly-visit basis and as a percentage of total membership; equipment value; classes and services offered; and staff size (both full- and part-time).
About Sea Pines Country Club
Sea Pines Country Club is a private, member-owned club within the gates of the famed 5,000-acre Sea Pines community on storied Hilton Head Island. Its centerpiece is a meticulously maintained golf course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and updated by Hilton Head-based golf course architect Clyde Johnston in 2001.
Eminently playable, the 6,383-yard Lowcountry gem is routed through thick strands of Spanish moss-draped live oaks and towering Carolina pines. Its subtle doglegs and canopied corridors lead to beguiling green complexes flanked by languid lagoons and coastal landscapes.
Members relish the club’s expansive outdoor deck overlooking one of the island’s largest tidal marshes. Here, they soak up the South Carolina sun while cooling off in the waters of the 24-meter lap pool as children play in the fountains of the kids’ splash pool just a few feet away. A wide selection of food and beverage options ranging from smoothies, salads and sandwiches to pizzas, wraps and burgers are available poolside.
The club’s completely reimagined Clubhouse is highlighted by contemporary, casual dining at the Blue Heron Pub & Grille and a 7,300-square-foot Fitness Center with leading cardio and strength training equipment, classrooms, infrared saunas and indoor saline lap pool. Members enjoy an array of amenities and activities, including tennis, pickleball, bocce and numerous social clubs.