The top-flight golf facilities at the Lodge at Sea Island are available only to members and guests, but St. Simons has two other high-quality courses open to the general public.
The King and Prince Golf Course. At the north end of St. Simons, on the site of the Hampton Plantation—an 18th-century cotton, rice, and indigo plantation—is a Golf Digest "Places to Play" four-star winner. The course, orginally designed by Joe Lee, was restored in 2009, and it lies amid towering oaks, salt marshes, and lagoons. 100 Tabbystone, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/634–0255; 800/342-0212 toll free. www.kingandprince.com. 18 holes. 6,462 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $79 King and Prince Resort guests, $115 non-guests. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center. On a former cotton and indigo plantation, this resort offers 27 holes of golf on a standard 18-hole course and a 9-hole executive course, plus a driving range. 5445 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/638–9041 or 800/841–6268. www.seapalmsgolf.com. 27 holes. 18-hole course: 6,477 yds. Par 71. 9-hole course: 2,460 yds. Par 34. Green Fee: $79/$29. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.