100 Retreat Ave,
St Simons Island, Georgia GA 31522
Office+1 (800) 732 4752
Pro shop+1 (912) 638 5118
Fax+1 (912) 634 3121
Golf proJack Lumpkin, Craig Allan, et al.
AcademySea Island Golf Performance Center
18 holes. Open, links-style course. Relatively flat terrain.
Woodland, wetland and river estuary.
Seaside course: the product of Tom Fazio (1999) combining and updating two of Sea Island's four nine-hole layouts (Seaside & Marshside). Seaside-nine originally designed by Walter Travis (1926), and completed by Harry Colt and Charles Alison (1928). Marshside-nine originally designed by Joe Lee (1974).
Plantation course: in 1998 Rees Jones combined and updated the other two Sea Island nine-hole layouts (Plantation & Retreat) to create the resort's current Plantation course.
The three 18-hole championship courses at Sea Island are: Seaside course (par-70; 7055 yds from back tees); Plantation course (par-72; 7058 yds) and Retreat course (par-72; 6490 yds).
83 miles S of Savannah.
Sea Island Resort (Seaside course): The Sea Island Resort on St Simons Island is home to three top-quality championship golf courses. The highly-regarded Seaside course was created in 1999 when Tom Fazio oversaw the combining of the resort's nine-hole Seaside and Marshside layouts. A year earlier Rees Jones had combined the former Plantation and Retreat nines, to form the modern-day Plantation course. The Retreat course is the newest of the Sea Island layouts; originally designed by Joe Lee and subsequently reworked in 2001 by Davis Love III and his brother Mark.
Sea Island's Seaside course is one of the top-rated and finest championship layouts in Georgia. The open, predominantly links-style course contains a wealth of wonderfully crafted, memorable and challenging holes. Tidal creeks, dunes, salt marshes and the St Simons Sound frame the course, which plays fast and firm, in the tradition of legendary Scottish links. Definitely a course that will challenge your all-round game, and well worth going out of your way to play.
Stay&Play: a variety of luxury onsite accommodation is available at the Sea Island resort (see Where2Stay section below).
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Caddies and forecaddies available.
Sea Island has hosted many top-level tournaments, not least in recent years the PGA Tour's RSM Classic (See our Tournaments section >by Venue >Sea Island GC).
At Sea Island, golf legend and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III learned how to play golf from his golf professional father. It was also here that he practiced with his brother, and introduced the game to his son.
2019/20 Golf Digest rating: 172nd best course and 33rd best public course in the USA; 6th best course in Georgia.
100 Retreat Ave, St Simons, GA 31522
+1 (855) 572 4975Visit website
Located between Sea Island's Seaside and Plantation courses, the 40-room Lodge is equal parts intimate hideaway and Forbes 5-star hotel. The best of both worlds. Situated on the site of an antebellum plantation whose ruins are still visible, it is enchanting and welcoming. Also in the area, luxury Sea Island accommodation is also available in The Cloister, The Inn and The Cottages.
Sea Island (Seaside and Plantation courses).
Sea Island (Retreat course).
Ocean Forest (pvte); King & Prince.
299 Main St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
+1 (912) 634 2175Visit website
Featuring all the conveniences of home, from complimentary Wi-Fi access and a spacious workstation to expanded cable programming with HBO, standard guest rooms provide the amenities needed for a pleasant stay at this Holiday Inn Express on Saint Simons Island.
Sea Island (Seaside, Plantation and Retreat courses).
Ocean Forest (pvte); King & Prince.
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