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.
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.
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.
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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
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