Lighthouse was First Bloody Point Pro Shop

Bloody Point is celebrating the Grand Opening of its golf course today. Wonder how many of the 100 golfers playing in today’s tournament know that the first Bloody Point Pro Shop was in the Bloody Point Lighthouse? Here’s the history from Lighthouse owner, Joe Yocius, aka Lowcountry Joe.

Original Bloody Point Sign When Pro Shop was in Bloody Point Lighthouse

Original Bloody Point Sign When Pro Shop was in Bloody Point Lighthouse

As I drink my morning coffee in the sunroom of the historic Bloody Point Lighthouse, my eyes are drawn to the front doorway and its simple threshold. Even though the magnificent glory of the pure heart pine floors are prevalent, there is a disturbing feature in the threshold…spike marks.

You see, the Lighthouse was the original Pro Shop for Bloody Point. Many a golfer, including the famed Tiger Woods, passed through these doors wearing the footwear of the day … metal golf spikes. Even though the Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, golfers didn’t realize they were disfiguring the soft pine floors because the rest of the rooms were protected with commercial grade carpet. The imprints of the spikes remain, however, as silent proof of their presence.

The first Lighthouse Keeper, John Michael Doyle, carried his Bride Phoebee over that same threshold in 1883. When I was blessed to purchase the house as my residence, I wanted to bring it back to its original glory as Doyle would have desired, but I also wanted the house to retain its complete history. When the restoration started and the floors were scheduled for sanding, I felt compelled to tell the professional floor man to cease and desist. His machine would not deface what was real and pure.

My early morning walk through Bloody Point brought a special urgency to pen this correspondence. Bright colored flags abound and banners promote the “Grand Opening” of the “new” Bloody Point golf complex. Golf shoes that resemble tennis shoes will walk over the threshold of a new Bloody Point Pro Shop, which is now located in a carpeted room in the Clubhouse.

The Lighthouse is for sale and soon I will be gone, but I leave a legacy of love and affection for this warm and simple place. Knowing that the original Bloody Point Pro shop will not be mentioned in today’s ceremonial cutting of the ribbons, I leave this simple message for those who follow: Never… yes…never … replace the spike marked thresholds. Keep Bloody Point history alive. Remember and revere the Bloody Point Lighthouse because, when all is said and done, it’s the Lighthouse that carries the true essence and spirit of Bloody Point. 

Historical Marketing Poster from Bloody Point

Historical Marketing Poster from Bloody Point

 

Bag Tag of first Bloody Point Golf Pro Russ Beville

Bag Tag of first Bloody Point Golf Pro Russ Beville

 

Bag Tag from Original Bloody Point Golf Course

Bag Tag from Original Bloody Point Golf Course

 

 

Russ Beville, the first Bloody Point Golf Pro, passed away last year. This is his bag tag. I remember my first visit to the Pro Shop. I peeked in the kitchen and Russ scowled at me. I found these in the Lighthouse as well as the the original Bloody Point “Private”” sign. LC Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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