About Tega Cay
Tega Cay is located twenty miles south
of Charlotte, N.C. Only three miles west of I-77 near the South
Carolina/North Carolina state line. The Charlotte Douglas International
Airport is only twenty minutes away. This location offers easy access to
employment, entertainment, and cultural events. The Blue Ridge Mountains and
the South Carolina coastline are less than a 3-hour drive. Carowinds Theme
Park is only 5 minutes away.
History of Tega Cay
In 1904 electricity first flowed from
the old Catawba River in York County. The construction of the dam and
creation of Lake Wylie led to the birth of Tega Cay, located on a peninsula
on the east side of the lake.
The idea of Tega Cay began with The
Ervin Company purchasing the peninsula from Crescent Land Development Corp.
in 1970. After a mayhem camping trip to the beach with his family, an
officer of the company had a vision of a recreational community where one
could live as though on vacation all year. The name "Tega Cay" means
"beautiful peninsula" in an obscure Polynesian language. Many streets were
named for islands such as Molokai, Palmyra, Mai Kai and Marquesas. The
original homes were built with mostly Polynesian-style rooflines.
Original homeowners in Tega Cay were
provided with many services such as lawn care and daycare for a minimal HOA
fee. Prospective homeowners were driven by jeep to view the home sites
available. A riverboat, the Conticki, was constructed to tour prospects and
business groups around the peninsula by water. Unfortunately, the $15- $35
fee was not enough to support the services promised and the developer was
forced into bankruptcy. At that time a purchase was negotiated between the
bank and the new owner, Tega Cay Associates. Tega Cay residents rallied with
the new owners and in 1982, Tega Cay became a city with it's own tax base.
This occasion is celebrated every year on the 4th of July.
In 1999 the Newland Corporation
purchased the undeveloped property in Tega Cay. Newland began developing the
remaining 550 acres. This development includes new homes, a brand new
clubhouse, and pool and recreation center. Also, an additional 9 holes were
added to the golf course along with an events pavilion. Walking trails are
provided and the playground equipment has been recently updated.
Tega Cay Today
Today Tega Cay thrives as a vital and
recreational community. The 1600-acre peninsula, surrounded by 16 miles of
shoreline, offers golf, swimming, boating, tennis, hiking and biking trails.
Tega Cay has rugged topography and many densely wooded greenbelts. Only one
road, Tega Cay Drive, for entering and exiting the city, and all vehicles
must drive past the police station. All other roads dead end, many at the
water. Houses range in price from $140,00.00 to $1,000,000.00 + and are
available on the waterfront, golf course, or interior lots. The new
clubhouse is located in the center of the city and has a restaurant, bar,
and Golf Pro-Shop. Diners may sit inside, or outside on the veranda
overlooking the golf course. There are eight tennis courts, junior Olympic
sized swimming pool, athletic fields, two waterfront parks, walking trails,
interior parks, and a marina. There is no industrial area inside the city
limits of Tega Cay and no businesses other than the Real Estate offices. All
utilities are underground and privately owned.
The city of Tega Cay has a
Mayor-Council form of government. There is a City Administrator. The Mayor
and Council members are elected and receive a small salary. The police
department is full time, offering 24-hour protection. There is a volunteer
fire department and EMT. The real estate and personal property taxes account
for 76% of the annual revenue.
The current population of Tega Cay is
approximately 6,000 people and growing. There has been a growth of 34%
since the 1990 census. The current growth averages 3 to 4 % per year due to
new development and annexations. The annual income is far higher than the
York County and South Carolina state averages. More than 80% of Tega cay
residents work in professional or technical fields. 50% of the population
holds a college degree and 70% commute to Charlotte for work. Children
attend the highly rated Fort Mill schools.
Median Age 40
Under 18 26.8%
Things to Do
Warm up for mountain golf on the 27
challenging holes at the Tega Cay Golf Club, where a tee box is elevated
almost 100 feet above the fairway.
1-888-TEGA-FUN Web Site
Tega Cay Marina
Dock your boat for an annual fee.
Covered and open slips are available. Also, you can rent pontoons, ski
boats, and Jet Ski's.
Tega Cay Marina
Tega Cay Beach & Swim Center
8 lane Junior Olympic size swimming
Home of the Tega Cay Breakers
Kiddie Pool with raining umbrella and shaded picnic area
Expansive pool deck overlooking Lake Wylie
Beach area for swimming
Outdoor volleyball court
Picnic tables and grills
Access to walking trails
Fitness Room (available for use from 5 AM - 10 PM)
Tega Cay Parks
-Windjammer Point Beach Park
Offers 3 sandy beaches, swimming area, picnic shelter, restroom facilities,
and playground. It's located at the end of Windjammer Drive.
Offers picnic shelter, pier and boat launch, restroom facilities,
playground, two observation decks, grills and a nature walk.
Trailhead Park swings, playground, paved walking trails
Diamond Head Park swings, playground
Koala Park swings, playground
Park on Palmyra park, and play area
Park on Heron Run playground
Two ball fields, a one-third mile
paved walking trail, and a $30,000 playground facility with seven slides
and a swing set.
Baseball diamond and Soccer fields
Steve and Kelly's (803) 548-1799
El Maguey (803) 802-7555
Red Bowl (803) 802-5666
McHales (803) 548-2151
De Marcos (803) 802-3223
Village Pizza (803) 547-7770
Tega Cay 4th of July / City Birthday
All day food, parade, fireworks, boat parade, and entertainment
Tega Cay Block Party
Booths, crafts, music, and food