Until only the last few years, the area between Palmetto Dunes and Port Royal Resorts has become known as “Middle Beach.” Long before there was a bridge, this beach area had been favored by many island visitors. You will hear long time visitors and locals still refer to Middle Beach, or as it once was known Colliers, in endearing more specific terms. There is Singleton’s beach, Driesseen’s beach, Bradley beach, Burkes beach, and Folly Field. There is beach parking at most of these beaches, and the Islander’s Beach Park is in Folly Field. During the last five years Singleton Beach has been undergoing a transformation, and is now one of the island’s newest oceanfront and ocean oriented permanent and vacation home developments. The Burkes and Bradley beaches still have some of the islands first beach oriented homes mixed with newer homes. The island’s best surfing is found in the Middle Beach area between Burkes and Bradley beaches.
The Folly Field Beach area is where the majority of Middle Beach resort development has taken place. This area is home to many island visitors who have been frequenting the island since 278 was a dirt trail, and dotting the streets there still some of the more traditional Carolina beach homes. Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort, which opened in the early eighties, is a gated 800 unit ocean front resort complex. Its amenities include the island’s largest ocean front pool, twelve lit tennis courts, a convenience store, restaurant, and a beach bar café. Fiddler’s Cove, adjacent to HHBT, is a smaller resort, but has design similarities, and is also gated. This resort has two pools, and lighted har-tru tennis courts. Half a mile up the beach is The Island Club. This gated ocean front complex is superbly landscaped, and very well designed. Its lighted tennis club is noted as having some of the island best maintained courts. A few minutes up the beach from the Island Club is the Westin Hotel, the Barony Beach Club, and Port Royal Village with its famous Port Royal Tennis Club.