The readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine voted St. Simons Island one of America’s favorite towns. The secret about our quaint, coastal community is finally out! Why do you love St. Simons Island?
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The King and Prince has been nominated for Convention South Magazine’s Readers Choice Award.
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An article from the PGA has named the King and Prince Golf Course one of the best courses in Georgia.
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.”
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from our members. We think your 4 rating is something to be proud of and we hope you do too.
According to Michael Johnson, our General Manager, “A TripAdvisor #4 rating is something to be very proud of, especially since it’s awarded to properties that consistently provide excellent facilities and outstanding service. Our staff goes the ‘extra mile’ for our guests with a commitment to excellence every day. We are thankful to our wonderful guests who cared enough to shout our praises on TripAdvisor; we promise to always give them the warm southern hospitality for which we have been known for 76 years.”
Below is a blog post from Golf.com recommending The King and Prince Golf Course as a must play golf course in the Golden Isles area.
My wife is traveling on business to the St. Simons/Jekyll Island region of Georgia in February. I’m planning on traveling along with her to enjoy some golf. Any suggestions on where to play?
Perhaps the best course in the St. Simons’ region, outside of the private tracks at Sea Island, is the King and Prince Beach Golf Resort ($79-$115; 912-634-0255, kingandprince.com). Formerly known as the Hampton Club, this sporty 6,462-yard, par-72 course was renovated by Billy Fuller in 2009 and features a handful of memorable holes, notably the 561-yard, par-5 3rd, which has marsh down the entire left side and a lake on the right side near the green and the 391-yard par-4 13th, which hopscotches the marsh via islands of turf.
The year of 2010 has meant lots of recognition for St. Simons Island. It has now been featured in a United Kingdom publication. St. Simons has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the Top 10 Islands in North America and one of the Top 50 Islands in the World!
The world’s top 50 islands hide a big secret: There are actually more than 3,300 of them, stretching from the South Pacific to the North Atlantic. Consider Bermuda, the top-rated islands in the Western Hemisphere—yes, islands. Comprised of 138 isles, it is, like many winners, an archipelago. There are 3 Caymans, 41 Tuamotus, 115 Seychelles, and a whopping 1,185 Dalmatians. The No. 1 winner (for the 14th time), Maui is the only island to score above 90 this year. Closer to home, several North American islands make their top 10 debut: Victoria, Florida’s Longboat Key, and St. Simons.
St. Simons Island was just named one of America’s 10 Best Winter Beach Retreats on Yahoo Travel.
St. Simons Island, Ga.
Average highs of 62/62 in December/January
(Average water temperatures of 54/51)
One of four islands that make up Georgia’s Golden Isles (a collection of barrier islands just off the southeastern coast), St. Simons is known for its centuries-old moss-draped oak trees, historical landmarks, white-sand beaches, and 99 holes of golf. Cars are allowed on the island, but the leisurely pace of life here will make you want to stay away from anything with a motor. Instead, rent a beach-cruiser bike from Ocean Motion Surf Co. and pedal your way past King and Prince Beach, plantations, the lighthouse, and Christ Church, originally built in 1820. The ride covers about 14 miles, and there are plenty of stops to admire the scenery, so allow at least a half day.
One of four islands that make up Georgia’s Golden Isles (a collection of barrier islands just off the southeastern coast), St. Simons Island is known for its historical landmarks, white-sand beaches, and 99 holes of golf.
Courtesy Brunswick and The Golden Isles of Georgia
In AOL Travel’s August 2010 article of America’s 10 Best Islands, St. Simons appeared as the number 3 best island.
3. St. Simons Island, Georgia
The largest of Georgia’s four Golden Isles, St. Simons has beckoned bluebloods and birders for a century with marshes, maritime forests, and Mediterranean Revival mansions. The island’s location made it a strategic maritime point: Explore Fort Frederica National Monument, where colonists won a major naval battle during the Revolutionary war and learn more at the WPA-built 1935 Old Coast Guard Station that houses the Maritime Center museum. Golfers can play hundreds of challenging holes between St. Simons and neighboring Sea and Jekyll Islands. Patrol the waters on a working shrimp boat, sail on a dolphin-watching tour, or just bask on pearly sands.
Fun Fact: The 104-foot St. Simons Lighthouse (a working navigational beacon operational since 1872) and its brick Victorian light-keeper’s residence were renovated in 2010.
The Georgia Sea Islands, which describes the islands off the coast of Georgia and includes St. Simons Island, were listed in the National Geographic Top Rated List for the first time ever.
Traveler’s annual destination scorecard focuses on 99 coastal areas, from Italy to Mozambique. A panel of 340 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship rates this geographically and culturally representative sample of the world’s waterside locales.
Native Americans, British soldiers, African slaves, and wealthy late 19th-century vacationers have all left their marks on Georgia’s sun-soaked barrier islands. Local residents have worked to safeguard relics of this multi-layered history. The islands’ ecology is also in good shape. Though pressure to overbuild is mounting, most islands remain either “undeveloped or tastefully developed.”
Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:
“Few places on the Atlantic coast are as well preserved as the barrier islands of Georgia. Cumberland Island is managed by the National Park Service, Jekyll Island is a Georgia state park, Sapelo and Ossabaw Islands are largely undeveloped, and even Sea Island and St. Simon’s Island are tastefully developed at low scale and density.”
“Very pretty and low-key. There is some development, but in general it seems to be under control. Beaches are wide and flat, and they slope gently into the water. This makes for relaxing, family-friendly beach activity. Towns can get crowded in high season, but they have retained a sense of cultural identity.”
“Beautiful setting and shaded by abundant live oaks. In addition to beautiful white beaches, the islands offer visitors access to many historic and archaeological sites. There has been pressure to overdevelop, but smart land-use planning has led to a nice mix of preservation and development.”