Sea Island — A Golfer's Paradise

Posted August 18, 2020 in Travel by Morgan Crowe

As a private, gated beach resort, Sea Island’s expansive campus on Georgia’s coast is surrounded by ocean, river and marshes, providing the backdrop for an exceptional array of outdoor activities – and for the ultimate getaway for travelers in today’s world, particularly in the fall for those who love the game of golf. Few resorts open a golf course before their hotel is ready for guests, but in 1928, legendary golf at Sea Island began its rich history by doing just that. Designed by the distinguished architect Walter Travis, Sea Island’s nine-hole Plantation Course opened months before The Cloister, with guests staying aboard a floating hotel docked nearby. Now, this perennial Forbes Five-Star resort offers three championship courses and an array of accommodations options that include private cottages as well as hotel rooms and suites.

Today, golf is so remarkable at Sea Island that more than a dozen touring professionals live, play, and/or train there, including Ryder Cup vice captains Davis Love III and Zach Johnson. This is due in part to the quality of the courses — Seaside and Plantation are home to the annual RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event hosted by Sea Island resident Davis Love III – and because of the new 17,000-square-foot Golf Performance Center, with industry-leading technology, club fitting, putting studio, and some of the top teachers in the world. It’s all designed to enhance the game of every skill level, from juniors to touring pros.

In addition to golf, Sea Island provides an abundance of space and an unequaled array of outdoor activities. Amenities include five miles of private beach; Beach Club with three pools (there are seven in all); Forbes Five-Star spa; nature center; tennis center; nearshore, inshore and offshore fishing; boating; sailing and paddleboarding; Shooting School; year-round children’s program; and an abundance of nature-oriented experiences, such as dolphin boat tours, falconry, and Hawk Walks. Including a new bowling alley and pub, dining options range from Forbes Five-Star to casual, most of which offer outdoor seating.

Sea Island Resort Lodge at Sunset

Today’s accommodation options include 265 rooms and suites, many newly refurbished, at The Cloister, a Mediterranean masterpiece on Sea Island and 43 rooms and suites and seven cottages at The Lodge, a boutique property nestled between the Seaside and Plantation golf courses on St. Simons Island. Additionally, over 150 cottages are available on Sea Island, ranging from one to eight bedrooms, many with pools, offering the flexibility of a private home while being close to amenities and the beach.

In addition to captivating experiences, setting and superb facilities, Sea Island has been known for generations for providing genuine Southern hospitality to its guests. The result is it being the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for 12 consecutive years.

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