South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Pawleys Island Golf Club

SCELP represented the Georgetown County League of Women Voters in the appeal of a coastal zone consistency certification to allow filling a 1.29 acre wetland for a redesigned golf course in Georgetown County. For projects like this, our Coastal Management Program only allows filling of wetlands one acre or less, unless there are no feasible alternatives.

The golf course has been in operation for over 30 years without the need for filling in wetlands, and we believed that the developer of the course could feasibly reduce wetland impacts. After meetings and negotiations with the developer, we were able to end this case successfully when the developer agreed to reduce the wetland impacts to 0.75 acre and place the numerous remaining wetlands throughout the golf course under a conservation easement.