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St. Simons Island Golf Course Celebrates 25 Years

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This August, The King and Prince Golf Course is celebrating 25 years! During  the past 25 years, the 18-hole golf course has stood the test of time. The Joe Lee design includes 4 salt marsh island holes connected by 800 feet of elevated cart bridges, and has the rare quality of playability for all ages regardless of their handicap.

The King and Prince Golf Course Celebrates 25 Years

In 2009, The King and Prince chose noted golf course architect Billy Fuller to spearhead a full restoration of the golf course utilizing the original Joe Lee drawings.  Fuller did a magnificent job of enhancing the project and protecting the integrity of the original design. He added a few new bunkers, a 5th set of tees and utilized four new grasses on the tees, fairways, bunker collars and greens. The course reopened in the fall of 2010 to rave reviews. We are proud to recognize that the next 25 years will promise future generations of golfers a truly unique and memorable experience.

Michael Johnson, General Manager of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort states, “Although I was not part of the original team that designed and created the King and Prince Golf Course, I can appreciate how special and unique it was when it opened in 1989. However, I was honored to be intimately involved in the 2009 restoration by Billy Fuller and know firsthand the results of that effort. The King and Prince Golf Course appeals to golfers of all skill levels and provides an experience second to none. It should be a must play for anyone visiting the Golden Isles.”

Business Meetings on the Golf Course

Monday, February 24th, 2014


The ability to blend work with play is an unspoken prerequisite among the majority of most meeting attendants. That’s why some executives prefer meeting venues located in close proximity to a golf course. Here at The King and Prince Resort, meeting coordinators can fulfill the checklist of conference space and amenities.

Business Meetings on the Golf Course

Business meetings at golf courses are becoming a popular alternative to a traditional meeting setting. With experts urging more movement throughout the day and praising the benefits of exercise on creativity, encouraging employees to move is becoming more and more common. This popular TED talk on walking meetings gives a scary statistic: on average, we sit for 9.3 hours per day, more than the average person spends sleeping.

The King and Prince Golf Course

An escape from average conference facilities, The King and Prince’s newly renovated meeting venue is in close proximity to our Par 72 course. With the climate allowing for an 18 hole game most days of the year and stunning salt marshes, towering oaks and island holes, it provides a much-needed alternative to the standard meeting. The practice facility also includes a 6,500 square foot putting green, a 3,000 square foot chipping green, and five target greens.

So take that idea and run – well, walk – with it and host your next meeting on the green!

Contact us to find out more about our meeting facilities and golf course.

The Next Generation of Golf Professionals Comes to The King and Prince Golf Course

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

King and Prince Golf Professionals

Mr. Rick Mattox, one of America’s most respected PGA professionals, has been leading the King and Prince Golf Course at the Hampton Club  for 25 years. Mattox, General Manager and Head Professional, who was honored in 2011 to receive the Bill Strasbaugh Award (presented to PGA members who have shown outstanding integrity and commitment to mentoring) has brought two new members to his island golf club team.

COLE STILES:

Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Cole was ‘on course’ with his family before he even took his own first steps. He played collegiately at the University of West Georgia through 2006 and knew that golf would be a main frame in his future. He began his PGA work at the private San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville Florida as assistant Golf Professional and the Outside Service Manager. Cole moved to Sea Island Golf Club in 2011 where he completed his PGA work and became a Class A Professional. At the King and Prince Golf Course “Home of the Hampton Club”, he is the First Assistant Professional where he is working directly with Mattox to help build and grow both the experiences and opportunities for club members and guests. Cole and his wife Courtney, daughter Palmer (age 5) and son Parker (age 1), are enjoying life in the Golden Isles and all it has to offer for their young family.

 

‘JB’ WORKMAN

JB is a native of Hartwell, Georgia where he grew up in the golfing industry. His father is a superintendent and his mother is the Executive Director of the Georgia GCSAA chapter. He received his BA degree in Biology from Emmanuel College and Masters Degree from the University of Georgia in Turfgrass Science. With his passion focused on golf course superintendent, he also worked on his PhD for 1.5 years at the University of Missouri. JB is pleased to be working under Chuck Moore, Golf Course Superintendent where he is already serving the members and learning to manage the crew to maintain premier playing conditions at the Club. JB and his wife of one year, Crystal Workman, are very excited to be back in Georgia.

 

Mattox comments: “I am very excited to have Cole and JB joining our team. They are already a valued addition for the future of the King and Prince Golf Course. St. Simons Island affords them a wonderful place to live and enjoy quality family life while pursuing their chosen career paths.”

It’s no surprise that Mattox cares about his club members, visiting golfers, employees and the golfing industry. The Bill Strasbaugh Award recognized his impact on the career of others, obviously well deserved as his newly developed lineup move forward together into 2014.

The Local Fauna of a Georgia Golf Course

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Annette White has done a series of posts about The King and Prince and St. Simons Island on her blog.  Her 3-day stay included a guided tour of The King and Prince Golf Course.  The unique location of our course, which includes 3 “island holes” in the marsh, lends itself to an abundance of wildlife.  Even if you or your companion is not a golfer, enjoy the simple pleasures of riding in the cart and spotting an eagle’s nest or sunbathing gator.

Annette’s hopes of finding an alligator were dashed, but the experience was still rewarding, making for an entertaining blog post.  Read on…

Searching for Alligators at a Golf Course in Georgia

The King and Prince Golf Course

 

Annette White at King and Prince Golf Course

Groomsmen, Unite! Golf Digest Votes Your Destination Wedding Venue a Top Buddies Trip Spot!

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Georgia Golf Resort

 

Groomsmen get their day in the sun on St. Simons Island!   Voted one of the “Best Buddies Trip Destinations” by Golf Digest, the island teems with links, most notably from our point of view, the King and Prince golf course.  Designed by noted architect Joe Lee, its recent renovation carves a course through live oak and Spanish moss, out over the fabled saltwater Marshes of Glynn, and back to the classic clubhouse.  So while you’re here for your destination wedding event, take a little time with the guys to try a round of golf at the resort.  Whether your best buddies are duffers or pros, all will enjoy challenge and relaxation, blow off a little steam, and return refreshed to the excitement of your wedding event.

#5 Destination for “Best Buddies” Trip

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The King and Prince Golf Course is proud to have made the #5 spot along with Sea Island on Golf Digest Magazine’s “America’s 36 Best Buddies Trip Destinations”.  Our staff, led by General Manager Rick Mattox, truly love The King and Prince Golf Course and work hard to help bring back “best buddies” year after year.  Let’s hear it for our incredible team!

Read the artcle here: Best Buddies Trip Destinations

Read more about our golf course here: The King and Prince Golf Course

 

Sunset on Hole 12

 

Mary Ann DeSantis’s “Unspoiled Walk”

Monday, November 5th, 2012
St Simons Island Golf

King and Prince Golf Course

Mary Ann DeSantis featured The King and Prince Golf Course in a recent article on several notable courses in the Southeast.  DeSantis played our course with her husband and interviewed our head pro, Rick Mattox.  We love her beautiful descriptions and entertaining writing style:

Accessible only by elevated cart bridges, the island holes looked quite daunting on the virtual course. Hitting the greens, however, was not a problem; staying focused on our game was as a parade of wildlife marched by, including deer, ospreys, and a persistent heron that hovered near a putting green.

For this and more of her delightful stories, visit Writing With Style.

 

St. Simons Island – Georgia’s Golf Destination

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

A recent New York Times article by Karen Crouse showcased our island’s presence in the golfing world:

Three of the 12 players on the United States squad (Ryder Cup) live in St. Simons: Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who is one of Love’s four captain’s picks. It seems crazy to consider that an island with a population under 13,000 has four residents participating in the Ryder Cup, and crazier still to contemplate what might have been.

The Ryder Cup did not turn out in our favor, but life goes on, and St. Simons Island is proud to once again host the McGladrey Classic PGA Tour Golf Tournament this week at the Seaside Golf Course.   Davis Love III,  Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco will be joined by 129 other PGA TOUR Professionals.  The tournament takes place October 18-21, 2012, with a concert by country music star Gary Allan on Wednesday the 17th.  Click here for more information.

St Simons Island Golf Courses

An Interview with Chuck Moore, The King and Prince Golf Course

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Chuck Moore has been the King and Prince Golf Course’s head Groundskeeper since 2000.   He was interviewed for Through the Green Magazine (Official Publication of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA)) by Trent Bouts.

Chuck, Rick Mattox and the staff at the golf course have had the pleasure of hosting several GCSA golf events over the years.  Read the article here.

The Junior Golf Clinic!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

The Junior Golf Clinic!

A Phenomenal Program from

The King and Prince Golf Course – Home of the Hampton Club

Readers, for the past few months we’ve been speaking about the truly amazing sites, sounds, views – everything that St. Simon’s Island in Georgia has to offer. There are vacation packages that include fine dining experiences and glorious accommodations in this unique locale, where each and every visitor can enjoy walking beside the crystalline waters of the Atlantic under the warm sun each and every day.

Because of the endless array of nature – birds of every vibrant color nesting in the endless, undisturbed marshlands, to the baby dolphins playing in the sea – St Simon’s is a true ‘gift’ for all types of visitors from photographers to bird watchers to historians who want nothing more than to relax in a world of luxury.

But there is so much more to St. Simon’s, and the one jewel in in this already priceless crown is a golf course that is literally second to none. This is a course that has ‘met’ PGA celebrities, members, amateurs, enthusiasts, and simply lovers of the game of golf. Every year, something else occurs here that people wait for the chance to be part of. For amateurs or professionals, this is an unforgettable experience for people who wish to bring their golf game up to a higher level.

On this stunning island that is a true portrait of natural beauty and serenity, this is a golf course that transcends all others. Because of the undisturbed nature, this course is truly a challenge, which is what makes it one of coastal Georgia’s great courses. Emerald fairways, ancient forests, vast salt marshes, island holes, premier instruction, gracious dining – all of these combine to give the visitor and member a true, “Quality Golf Experience.”

The King and Prince Golf Course – Home of the Hampton Club has gone through a stunning renovation with the modernization of their grasses and the addition of their  new stellar Practice Facility. But what golfers across the land should know and be extremely excited over, is the fact that The Hampton Club also offers instructional programs, with one being a Junior Golf Clinic that is unsurpassed when it comes to gaining new knowledge and enhancing your game with pro’s.

For all members and guests, this is a learning opportunity – a Junior Clinic (a summer camp, of sorts) that offers one-on-one instructional appointments that focus on the specific elements of the game.

The Junior Clinic Runs:

 

June 20th, 21st & 22nd

July 11th, 12th & 13th;

As well as

August 2nd 3rd & 4th


Rick Mattox, General Manager of The Hampton Club, is a Class A PGA Professional who began his career in the golf business with an assistant professional job in Lexington, North Carolina. In 1975, he was elected to PGA Membership with his first ‘Head Pro’ offer sending him to the Carolina Golf & Country Club in Charlotte. Rick’s vast experience on the course and knowledge of all the facets of the world of golf, led to Rick being hired as General Manager of golf operations at The Hampton Club.

The King and Prince Golf Course: Home of The Hampton Club is a truly amazing golf experience for the amateur. Which is why it should be mentioned that it is also being run by the most knowledgeable staff there is, who have received various honors throughout their careers. Rick received the East Chapter PGA Pro of the Year in 1998 and 2002, and served as Georgia PGA Board of Directors in 2001 and 2002.

The Junior Golf Clinic not only offers the best, most professional, and most respected staff, but the actual course will amaze you! Included in the scenery are ancient forests, vast salt marshes, dramatic island holes, and a lake that overlooks a relaxing and elegant clubhouse. This is one place that the golfer will never forget. Having its own definite signature – which is a group of four spectacular holes gently carved from small coastal marsh islands and accessed by 800-feet of elevated cart bridges – The Hampton Club course is just what the amateur longs for. This bold design has been heralded by many, and over the years the King and Prince’s commitment to provide a premier golf experience has remained one of their highest priorities.

Check into the Junior Golf Clinic today! Not only will you have the time of your life, but the instruction you’ll receive will have you feeling as if the career of “Tiger Woods” is definitely in your future.

For more information:

 

http://www.hamptonclub.com/instructionalprograms.php

 

You can even “Walk the Course” with virtual glimpses of The Hampton Club Golf Experience!

 

King and Prince Golf Course: Home of the Hampton Club
100 Tabbystone • St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Phone: (912) 634-0255 • Fax: (912) 634-0264

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