Several years ago, a good friend gave me a birthday present that I will always treasure. It was a framed painting of a country club. No, it’s not the kind of country club with swimming pools and a golf course. This country club has a garage, full service bar, and the best steaks and people anywhere in South Carolina. This country club is called Harold’s and has been a special part of my life for over 40 years.
My earliest memory of what is now known at Harold’s or The Yemassee Country Club, goes back to 1979. Several of the local families, including mine started gathering on Thursday nights for covered dish suppers. Plywood covered the pool tables, and kids ate free. Harold Peeples and his “Country Club” gained notoriety after after a visit from Hollywood producer Joel Silver, who owned the nearby Auldbrass Plantation, and was used in a biker bar scene in the movie, “Chasers.”
As the crowds grew, cooking nights expanded to Friday Wing Nights and what is now known as Saturday Steak Night. Busloads of tourists visited and word spread like wildfire. Coastal Living, Esquire and Southern Living magazines have all featured Harold’s throughout the years. They survived closing during the pandemic, have added karaoke, live music and have even rolled out a new website. I’ve included a few pictures some of my recent visits and my original 1978 official charter member hat. But everyone is welcome at Harold’s….no membership required.