Archive for April, 2009

Meetings & Groups at The King and Prince

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Sidney Lanier BallroomThanks for reading our blog about The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.Bud St. Pierre writing here and I have had the pleasure of serving as the Resort’s Director of Sales & Marketing for almost 7 years now.

The King and Prince is fortunate to have outstanding oceanfront function space.The views of the Atlantic Ocean and beach from the Delegal Room, Retreat Room, the Solarium and the Butler Board Room are gorgeous!These views rank right up there with the best on the east coast.They are that nice!The rooms also feature architecturally unique designs, which are pleasing to the eye.I have always enjoyed hearing from attendees who say they watched dolphins playing in the surf, while meeting in the Retreat Room or having lunch in the Delegal.

The King and Prince Resort is thankful and appreciative of the repeat business from Georgia state associations, university related groups and state government groups.We have an impressive history of groups that have met here for years and we will be forever grateful for their business.

In the last few years, the Resort has been recognized, in hotel industry publications, as the recipients of Successful Meeting’s Pinnacle Award, MeetingSouth’s Best of the South Award and Convention South’s Reader Choice Award.We proudly display these plaques in our lobby as each award is based on meeting planner referrals for outstanding services and amenities at our Resort.Our Catering and Convention Services team and Banquet Services team work hard to ensure the success of every group that meets here.

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Hampton Club

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The Hampton ClubOur new blog is exciting for me to be a part of.  My name is Rick Mattox, General Manager & Golf Director at The Hampton Club on St. Simons Island.  The King & Prince opened the course in August 1989.  I was fortunate to join then in March of 1990 and have been here ever since.  Through a great deal of preparation we are currently undergoing a restoration of the original design by the architect Joe Lee.  Joe designed over 275 courses with the majority in the southeast and some overseas.  We selected Billy Fuller of Billy Fuller Golf Design to oversee the project; he came highly recommended as a restoration specialist.

 

Closing date was April 1, 2009 with a scheduled re-open date of October 1, 2009.  With “A Quality Golf Experience” as our mission statement, we sought to make our Hotel Guests and Members feel important to us by arranging several area courses for them to play during this time.  My staff handles all of the arrangements and is on location to assist with the group bookings.   Offering outstanding service is important to me, so I wanted that to continue even though our course is not open.

 

Hampton has 4 holes out in the marsh, connected by 800 feet of bridgework, which take your breath away on the back nine.  With over 95% of the people who play here saying, “this is the best golf experience I have ever had”, our goal is to put it back for the next generation to enjoy.

 

The restoration includes replacing greens with Mini-Verde the newest in the hybrid family.  Our tees, fairways, and rough will be Celebration, a new Bermuda grass that can handle shade well.    Our bunkers will be reshaped and grassed with Empire Zoysia.  Finally we have a collar of Tif-Sport to give us four types of grasses.   It will be a real “WOW” factor to see when you come to visit our hotel and play the course.  Whether it’s your first time or seventh time, you do not want to miss it.   

 

We will update you on the blog, but you can go to www.hamptonclub.com to view progress as work continues.  It is changing everyday!

St. Simons Island Activities

Friday, April 10th, 2009
The King and Prince - St. Simons Island, Georgia

The King and Prince – St. Simons Island, Georgia

“What is there to do in the area?” you ask.  So much that I do not know where to begin.  So I’ll start with a really long sentence; boat rides and casino cruises, national monuments and historical lighthouses, unique gift shops and antique stores, art galleries and museums, golf and fishing, really cool 4-person bike rentals and Summer Waves Water park, trolley tours and a dirt track speedway, helicopter  and shrimp boat rides, skeet shooting and horseback riding on the beach and much, much more.

The village area of St. Simons Island is the center of activity and is the perfect blend of Americana and southern charm.  Once you go, you’ll understand.  At one end is a park with baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball court and the wildest trees for a vacation photo.  Numerous shops and restaurants lead you to the waterfront, where a children’s playground and fishing pier are always great fun!  Dolphins can be seen swimming here, if you haven’t seen them yet from the swings at the resort.  I have two boys, ages 8 ½ and 7 and they just love this park.  The historic Lighthouse is here, as well as the new swimming pool and miniature golf course (both scheduled to open before Memorial Day).  Relax under the shade of giant oak trees (more photo ops) and enjoy the people-watching; everyone always seems happy here, if you live here or just visiting.  The Jazz in the Park series are also scheduled here, as well as Art Shows and Antique Shows.

Adjacent to the Resort is another great children’s playground in Massengale Park, where sprawling oak trees shade the play area.  Fort Frederica also offers adult and children’s activities, including an archeological digging for the future Indiana Jones’.  My boys loved it!  For history-lovers, the island and surrounding area offer numerous historical sites, plantations and other forts.

For the adventurous families and adults, the island offers some really fun things to do.  The Lady Jane shrimp boat goes out in the Golden Isles waters and drops the nets for shrimp and lots of other cool sea creatures.  The crew will boil the shrimp on board, for the freshest, most delicious shrimp.  More great photo ops here.  The captain and crew are very entertaining and this is a memory you will cherish for some time.

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Our Resort

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Welcome and thank you for reading our blog for The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

I have the honor and privilege of writing this first posting, so please allow me to introduce myself; Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales & Marketing.  May 2009 will be my seventh year here and I couldn’t be happier living on this gorgeous island haven and working for The King and Prince in a position I really enjoy.

Since this is our first blog, my goal is to provide as much information to you about the King and Prince and St Simons Island; the resort amenities, accommodations, restaurants and services and the fun, enjoyable and unique activities and businesses here on St. Simons.

Our talented team of professionals here at the Resort will be our future bloggers, everyone from our General Manager, the Resort Concierge, Restaurant Managers, Reservation Supervisors and quite a few more.  So please return and read more about us.
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