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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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Dameon Burns, PGA Pro At The Hampton Club

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

As we delve further into the magnificent world of the King and Prince Resort, we are now turning the spotlight on one of the most amazing golf courses in the nation. Not only are we going to discuss the beauty and extreme set-up of the course, but we are also going in-depth with the golf pro who is a definite highlight of this award-winning locale that’s renowned for its challenging and demanding layout.

 

The King & Prince Golf Course, run by the King and Prince Resort is astounding. The scenery is absolutely unique, offering ancient forests, vast salt marshes, dramatic island holes, and a vast lake that overlooks a relaxing and elegant clubhouse. The King and Prince Golf Course has it’s 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. This bold design has been heralded by many, and over the years the King and Prince’s commitment to provide a premier golf experience is one of their highest priorities. That commitment proved itself beyond measure in 2009 when the King and Prince invested in an extensive restoration project that completely renewed the golf course, which is home to The Hampton Club.

 

It must be stated that all 18 greens of this amazing facility are planted with mini-verde, ultra dwarf Bermuda grass, and all the fairways have a new hybrid: Celebration Bermuda grass, which has been given 5-star reviews by everyone who has come in contact with this glorious course. In addition, the King and Prince offers an extraordinary Practice Facility that includes a 6500 sq ft mini-verde putting green, a 3000 sq ft mini-verde chipping green, and five target greens that have been added to the driving range.

 

Week after week we have been sharing each and every facet of the King and Prince – from the food to the events to the phenomenal staff that comprises this facility. This week I am extremely excited to be able to introduce to you one member of this exceptional staff, who all golfers are going to be extremely happy to meet.

 

Dameon Burns is the newest addition to the King and Prince team. Coming from the PGA Professional Golf Management program, he has spent his life living and teaching the game of golf to others. A tremendous complement to the King and Prince, today he was kind enough to sit down with us and discuss his move to Saint Simons Island, and how he feels about being the golf pro for this leading resort.

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Welcome Dameon. I would like to begin with just a bit of a background on you for our readers.

 

Born in New Orleans, I moved to Huntsville, Alabama at a very young age. In 2005, I entered the PGA of America Program, and I worked for a public golf course for two years. Then, I went on to work at Huntsville Country Club. Upon election to PGA membership in 2011, I took up my current position at The King and Prince Golf Course.

 

I know you began to golf at the age of thirteen. Is there anything specifically that drew you to the game?

 

The challenge! Golf is a very difficult game that can never be perfected. I also always liked the idea that this is one sport that can be played over a lifetime.

 

You were raised in Huntsville. Are there any particular ‘spots’ there that were perfect for the golfer in you?

 

Huntsville has grown a great deal since I was thirteen. Back then, I spent many hours in the corn and cotton fields hitting golf balls. However, it would be amazingly difficult to find any open fields now.

 

When did you decide to be a golf pro?

 

As a junior I played a lot of golf, with the hopes of one day playing professionally. Once Tiger Woods started becoming popular, the amount of talented junior golfers increased dramatically, and I knew that playing for a ‘living’ was going to be very difficult. I loved to study the game, and became very interested in the operations and elements behind it. This interest eventually led me to the PGA of America and it’s apprentice program which brought about a new path in my life.

 

The Hampton Club is a truly beautiful place. Can you tell us a bit about working there? What makes this Club stand out from the rest in your mind?

 

Yes, The Hampton Club is truly a beautiful place, and having the chance to be a part of it feels like winning the lottery. I get caught up in its beauty every day. Furthermore, living here is a dream come true. The north end of Saint Simons Island is a very quiet place. The residents are extremely polite to each other, and most are members at the Club. In fact, it is a rare occurrence for me to leave the north end. When I get to thinking about it, I only ride in a car two or three times a month now, seeing as that I have the tremendous luxury of being able to walk, ride my bike, or take a golf cart everywhere that I need to go. It is fantastic!

 

Could you tell readers a little about the events that are held at the Club?

 

The Hampton Club holds an array of golfing events throughout the year. We host tournaments for members, corporations, charities, the PGA of America, and more. We also have numerous member events held throughout the year, although these events are not exclusive to golf. Activities and dinners are also included.

 

Are there any specific events that are your personal favorites?

 

Charity events are always a big hit; they draw a great deal of participants. I love these events because they always contribute to a great cause, and they offer the perfect chance to show off this amazing golf course.

 

How is it to work with members and visitors at The King and Prince? Do you receive mostly ‘newbies’ to the golf world, or people trying to ‘better’ their game?

 

It is actually a very different and amazing job. It is certainly the newest challenge in my professional life. We receive all levels of golfers here. In just my first year with the King and Prince, we have had a huge array of visitors – first time golfers to PGA Tour Professionals. It certainly shows that the course and all its beauty can be enjoyed by every experience level.

 

Teaching someone how to play golf must be extremely difficult. What sort of program did you go through to become a pro?

 

On the contrary, it comes very easy and naturally to me. It is what I love most, and I still spend a great deal of my spare time studying the physics and geometry of the game. I went through the PGA/PGM Program, which is the apprentice/education program for the PGA of America, and I continually strive to learn, and teach all I can to others.

 

The King and Prince Resort is certainly a stand-alone when it comes to elegance and beauty. Can you tell us a bit about the ‘world’ that exists on St. Simons Island?

 

Upon my very first visit to St. Simons, my wife and I found ourselves in awe. We didn’t think such a place even existed. The natural beauty of the island is completely unbelievable. From the tides of the beach to the maritime forest, every aspect of Saint Simons Island is unique. The community is small and kind, and everyone seems to appreciate what they have. Golf and nature are ‘kings’ on this island, and the area boasts some of the finest courses, and some of the last ‘untouched’ land in this country. I truly cannot imagine a better place to live.

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Readers, I have to tell you, with each new article that comes along and each new ‘research’ that I do, I have come to the conclusion that St. Simons Island is an actual, Paradise. In a world that is filled with chaos, anxiety, stress, etc. – St. Simons Island seems to be that one ‘perfect’ spot on the planet. And the King and Prince Resort seems to be the ‘ambassador’ of good will when it comes to this Eden.

 

My advice is for all to make a reservation today and take advantage of the stunning packages that the King and Prince has to offer. I don’t believe that any of us could imagine a more amazing ‘world’ where we can spend evenings staring out at the stunning ocean landscape, and our days on the spectacular golf course where we can learn from a true golf pro like Dameon Burns!

 

Until Next Time, Everybody.

 

The King and Prince offers packages specially designed for St. Simons Island golf vacations.

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

201 Arnold Road

St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

(912) 638-3631: Phone

(800) 342-0212: Reservations

(912) 638-7699: Fax

Source: http://staugnews.com/2012/03/22/a-true-utopia-for-the-avid-golfer.html

King and Prince Golf Pro Receives Award

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

We are excited to announce that our very own Rick Mattox, King and Prince Golf Course General Manager, received the 2011 Bill Strausbaugh Award.  The award is presented to PGA members who have shown outstanding integrity, commitment to mentoring PGA Professionals and who have made a significant impact on the careers of others.   We love having Rick a part of our King and Prince family!

Georgia’s Best Golf Courses

Friday, June 10th, 2011

An article from the PGA has named the King and Prince Golf Course one of the best courses in Georgia.

A Quick Nine: Georgia’s Best Courses

by T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer PGA.com

In terms of a rich golfing history, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place that tops the Peach State in that department.

Georgia is the home of Bobby Jones, the Masters, East Lake Golf Club, the NCAA national champion Augusta State men’s golf team (as well as runner-up Univ. of Georgia), the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club — and, more than anything — the place where you can find many of the best public courses in the country.

That’s where you come into the equation. For this week’s, ‘A Quick Nine,’ feature, we tasked our PGA.com Facebook fans with a difficult question: What is the best places to play in the state of Georgia?

There are so many great tracks to choose from, certainly there’s a strong argument that another dozen or so courses belong on this list. Apologies to many courses that didn’t make this listing but there are no wrong answers.

9. The Hampton Club, St. Simons Island, Ga. Take a look at the course description from its website:

“With four signature holes highlighting play on The King and Prince Golf Course’s back nine, the entire 18-hole, Par 72 course combines for an experience that always finds it on golf’s “must-play” lists on the Florida to Myrtle Beach circuit. Unique parkland design that play through the marsh from island to island on the back nine. Oak Trees line many of our beautiful fairways.”

One of Georgia's Best Golf Courses

King and Prince Golf Course