We truly treasure when a guest takes the time to write to us about their experience at The King and Prince. Making our guests happy, even exceeding their expectations, is our goal every day. When we receive feedback, such as the following note from a recent conference participant, we are thrilled that all of our hard work has paid off.
To Whom It May Concern:
I have two reasons to be happy this morning. One: I have a short work week (Thursday & Friday), since I was attending a conference for the last 3 days. Two: My conference was held at your Resort. It was hands down the best conference I’ve ever attended. My coworkers are teasing me about my mini-vacation, as they don’t believe anyone could get any work done at an oceanfront resort. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Maybe it’s the salt air, or the ocean breeze – but mine and my fellow attendees’ senses and minds were sharpened and ready to absorb all the new information we learned. I understand your meeting rooms were recently renovated, and they were spectacular – from the Lanier Room, where we had our general sessions, to the Retreat Room facing the ocean, from where a few of us spotted a group of dolphins jumping in the waves. During our meeting breaks, I’d grab a bite, walk out to the pool and relax on a chaise lounge, hearing the waves crash as I responded to emails from work.
Our beautiful room was in the Oceanfront Building – very close to the lobby and meeting rooms, so quite convenient. We sat outside on our private oceanfront balcony early in the mornings, sipping coffee and reading the paper as the sun rose before us. At night, after our excellent dinners (my personal favorite was the pecan-crusted grouper) we were ready to relax. We fell asleep with our door open, listening to the waves. If everyone could live and work in that environment, the world would be a much better place!
The service was outstanding, from the time the Front Desk staff welcomed us with smiles and genuine enthusiasm. All of the dining staff, including the young men who kept up our meeting breaks, were super-efficient and friendly. I never met the housekeeper who cleaned our room (I was always in the meeting), but I was delighted to find a handwritten note from her (Phyllis), welcoming us to the Resort and where to call if we needed anything.
You truly have a wonderful place. My only complaint is that I am no longer there! I will certainly push for our group to return to The King and Prince next year. We’re even considering bringing the kids there this summer for a longer stay – we’re eager to explore St. Simons Island and spend some time by the pool and on the beach.
Yes, this is why we do what we do. This letter seems as good an advertisement as any – won’t you consider giving your meeting attendees this experience?
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.
Lewis Colam is rowing to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s. The King and Prince hosted Lewis for a night of much needed rest from his voyage.
The King & Prince Resort Celebrates a True Hero!
We have spoken about the amazing King and Prince Resort in many articles over the past few months. We have spoken about the amazing members of their incredibly gifted staff. We have spoken about the luxury that each and every room provides. We‘ve presented you with the lasting images of the glorious scenery that involves flocks of nesting Sandhill Cranes and dolphins swimming in the surf as you walk along the shore of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. But there’s so much more to say…
It’s been 75 years that this amazing resort has been entertaining guests. Seventy-five years of hospitality that has been found to be second to none. Recently, however, King and Prince was able to honor a hero in the minds of many, and offered their incredible hospitality to a man who has taken on a seriously difficult challenge for the purpose of bringing much-needed funds and worldwide awareness to the issue of Alzheimer’s. His name is Lewis Colam, and by the time I’m finished telling you about him, you will want to jump ‘on board’ with his spectacular quest and root for him every step of the way!
On March 3rd, Lewis Colam set off from Miami in a fifteen-foot, open-decked row boat (which offers no coverage from the wind, rain and whatever else Mother Nature has in mind to throw at him. His mission is to sail 1400 miles along the East Coast in order to raise $20,000 dollars for the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. (www.ALZinfo.org).
The Fisher Center is comprised of internationally renowned scientists under the direction of Nobel laureate, Dr. Paul Greengard. If you do not yet know, Dr. Greengard has been at the forefront of seminal research that has provided the conceptual framework for all modern day investigations into Alzheimer’s disease. The Fisher Center, headquartered in New York City, works with other leading research institutions around the world. Dedicated to three main goals, the Fisher Center strives to understand the cause of Alzheimer’s; find a cure for the horrific disease; and improve the care of people who live with the disease, in order to enhance their quality of life – not to mention offering support for the families and caregivers who must watch the devastation of their loved ones.
Lewis Colam is one of millions who had to watch a person he cared very much for succumb to Alzheimer’s, and he truly wanted to do something to bring this disease into the headlines. He wanted to take on a mission that would bring people from across the globe to their computer’s and cell phones – creating a team that would work together to stop this illness in its tracks.
What people will be most surprised about is the fact that Lewis has no prior rowing experience. Like so many who are out there rowing, biking, and heralding their expeditions in the media, Lewis is accomplishing his feat with absolutely no support. What I mean by this is the fact that there are no vehicle’s or people following him to help him along the way, or to watch out for his safety; he is completely alone, with not even a motor or sail for support. To do something like this is amazing, but when you add in the fact that Lewis has no seafaring experience whatsoever, you – like me – will become immediately mind-boggled by the entire journey.
I was lucky enough to speak with Lewis on his boat this afternoon, and he is still in good spirits. In fact, he likes the ‘traveling’ part the best; he loves the scenery and exploring all those hidden areas that most of us have never even gotten the chance to see. One of those hidden areas is on St. Simons Island, where the King and Prince Resort has its immaculate home base. The marshes, the vivid colors of the flowers – a picture that only Monet could do justice to. Lewis was offered a stay at the King and Prince as he ‘sailed by’ on his mission, and Lewis told me that the short time he spent there was beyond memorable.
He spoke of how lovely the staff was and how incredible it felt to be treated to a room surrounded by beautiful pools, tennis courts, etc. He said it was extremely comforting, after being out in the elements, to have a taste of real luxury.
Before the sun sets tomorrow, assuming Mother Nature is supportive, Lewis will be halfway through with his 1400 mile journey along the East Coast of America. I can’t speak enough about how (I suppose it’s cynical to insert the word ‘surprised’ in this sentence) so, let’s just go with say emotional I became after speaking with him. This particular journey is occurring with no PR, no agent, no headlines, no ‘future book contract’ in the works if Lewis achieves his goal…nothing. This is simply a man who’s doing something completely unselfish. He‘s trying to shine a light on one of the most frightening diseases to behold; and not only for the precious soul that’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but also for the friends and family who must watch the decline with absolutely no way of helping the situation.
Lewis has also been most generous with his own website, adding some pretty fun and cool features that his followers and fans can use in order to feel as if they’re an actual part of his journey. Lewis has a real time GPS on his website that shows everyone exactly where he’s located at the moment. He ‘checks in’ every day, blogs, and leaves a short audio message to update listeners on all the trials, tribulations and blessings that have occurred during his trek. He even posts updates on Twitter and Facebook.
One of the most beautiful facets of his website is the photo album that Lewis has kept. From the pictures of people who have greeted Lewis at his stops to the images of the toll that the trip has taken thus far – fans and followers get an in-depth view of each and every day that Lewis braves the sea.
By welcoming this amazing man and providing the red-carpet treatment, the King and Prince Resort certainly honored a true hero that has taken on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons.
I am calling to all you generous and amazing readers out there to join with the King and Prince Resort – and the giving donors who have already been a part of this challenge! Help Lewis meet his goal, raise the money he desires, and join the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s once and for all!
Until Next Time, Everybody.
Head RIGHT NOW to these Lewis Colam links and be amazed!
Kristi Sanders, writer for Plan Your Meetings, recently took a trip to St. Simons Island. She stayed at The King and Prince and toured the area. She saw historic places, ate at local restaurants, and enjoyed local attractions. Her article about her trip is below.
St. Simons Island: Wild, historic seaside beauty
By Kristi Casey Sanders
Published: February 10, 2011
Want unusual transportation?
Play off the island’s historic allure by chartering a Lighthouse Trolley for a guided tour or to shuttle attendees from point A to point B. The open-air trolley looks historic, but provides a smooth ride and might be piloted by naturalist, sometimes politician and local character, Cap Fendig, whose family has resided on St. Simons since the 1800s. Fendig’s company also offers fishing and dolphin tours and beach walks.
Take attendees on a sunset shrimping cruise aboard The Lady Jane. Captain Credle and his son Cliff take small groups out to see how Wild Georgia Shrimp are harvested. Along the way, guests will learn about other forms of indigenous marine wildlife and enjoy a shrimp boil.
Want to meet somewhere with history?
The 197-room King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort originally opened in 1935, survived two fires, was rebuilt and reopened in 1941, just in time to be commandeered by the U.S. Navy for use as a WWII radar operator training station. The Delegal Room began its life as an open-air “casino” (read: gathering place) that was the center of the island’s social life. Lined with stained glass windows depicting scenes from the island’s history, the now-enclosed space offers a stunning view of the ocean and accommodates up to 200 for banquets and 250 for receptions. The Solarium (capacity: 60 banquet-style) was the original hotel’s lobby lounge; it features distinctive crown moldings, woodwork, antique furnishings and a wrap-around view of the water. Other historic meeting spaces with ocean views include the 20-person Butler boardroom and the 1,050-sq. ft. Retreat Room. The resort also has a divisible ballroom, oceanfront event lawn, 48 two- and three-bedroom villas and eight private homes that can host events. The A.W. Jones Heritage Center and adjacent St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum are available for receptions, meetings and corporate events. Venues include an oceanfront event lawn, a historic gazebo, a 1,400-sq. ft. multipurpose room and a boardroom.
Want to meet by the marsh?
Located a short drive from the beach is the 175-room Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center, which offers one- to four-bedroom suites and meeting space with views of lagoons, the salt marsh and lush golf courses. Meeting space includes a 6,500-sq. ft. climate-controlled pavilion (capacity: 600 banquet) and a conference center with 11 meeting rooms (capacity: 400 theater; 320 banquet). Other amenities include a private beach club, three swimming pools and resort activities.
Sea Palms has two golf courses on property: an 18-hole, par-71 Tall Pines/Great Oaks course and a par-34, nine-hole executive Sea Palms West course. The 18-hole, par-72 King and Prince Golf Course is so integrated into the wild marsh landscape, tee boxes give way to hazards of wild grass, holes are linked by elevated cart bridges, and gators lurk in the historic forests and ponds between the fairways.
Want group dining?
The Village Inn & Pub on St. Simons is a 1930s-era beach cottage that’s been expanded to include an authentic English pub and guest rooms. The cozy pub is known for its wild orchid martinis and features a stone fireplace surrounded by leather lounge chairs and a sun porch. Live entertainment is a staple at SaltWater Cowboy, a steak and seafood restaurant located within walking distance of the King and Prince. If it’s Brunswick stew or barbecue your group hankers after, Southern Soul Barbeque offers full-service catering and can bring its hardwood-fired smoker to prepare meals on-site.
Want group activities?
St. Simons has some fascinating historic sites in addition to its famous lighthouse, which is still used and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station has rooms filled with interactive maritime exhibits and a short film that gives guests a crash course on the island’s history. The Christ Church congregation dates back to the 1700s. The island’s church of that name was built in the 1800s and is known for its stained glass windows and cemetery filled with the island’s earliest settlers. In 1742, Spanish and British forces met in battle to decide the fate of St. Simons Island. The English soldiers of Fort Frederica were victorious. Today, the remains of their military stronghold are Fort Frederica National Monument’s main attraction.
***Update: Since this post was written, the resort has undergone extensive renovations. Please visit our website for current information on restaurants and other amenities.***
Ed Stone recently visited St. simons Island and The King and Prince and wrote a wonderful article for his website GoGolfandTravel.com. Enjoy his article below.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Georgia’s Golden Isle Gem Story and photos by: Ed Stone
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort located on St. Simons Island, Georgia is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2010 not with fireworks and marching bands, but with showcasing renovated quarters and public space. In addition, the former Hampton Club golf course is now named the King and Prince Golf Course and boasting some major renovations to a very challenging Joe Lee designed course. Since opening as a dance club in 1935, this Oceanside resort has become a premier destination for special occasions, family gatherings and conferences on Georgia’s Golden Isles coast.
The five-mile causeway leading to St. Simons Island helps to bring into focus the experiences you are about to enjoy. You certainly know you are on an island as you cross rivers, salt marshes and the Atlantic Ocean separating it from the mainland of Georgia. Live Oaks create canopied tunnels leading to The King and Prince Hotel. You pass by boutiques, one-of-a-kind fine restaurants and other specialty venues that comprise these types of resort areas. The island cleaves to interesting historical sites and attractions, i.e., Fort Frederica, the Battle of Bloody Marsh site, Christ Church and the St. Simons Lighthouse.
“The people enjoy our Southern hospitality,” said David Murray, the jovial doorman at the 195-room King and Prince. David certainly exemplifies the genuineness of this cultural warmth and kindness found in this part of the world.
The King and Prince offers one of the Southeast’s most prestigious historic ocean front retreats with recreation for all ages and many kinds of water sports. Dining is taken seriously with offerings of both casual and formal in either the Delegal Dining Room, The King’s Tavern or Paradise Beach Bar & Grill. The resort also offers five pools to its guests.
History of the Resort:
Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn built a seaside dance club after being asked to leave the snobbish Cloister Hotel on Sea Island in the mid 1930’s for partaking of too much alcohol. This hotel is so named because of the stature and demeanor of these two men. Horn was tall and heavyset while Wynn was short and slender. When appearing together, their friends called them “the king and the prince.” According to newspaper clippings, the dance club burned to the ground twice between 1935 and 1939. In July 1941, the King and Prince Hotel’s main building opened to the public and was considered quite modern.
During World War II, The King and Prince served as a Naval Coast Guard watching and training facility. In 1947, the property reopened to the public. The resort underwent some major building renovations and expansions in 1972 and 1983. In 1996, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort became a member of the Historic Hotels of America and in 2005, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Awards have been presented and are well deserved for The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The prestigious Southern Living Magazine named The King and Prince as “Georgia’s Favorite Beach Resort.” Successful Meetings Magazine bestowed the Pinnacle Award three times representing a symbol of excellence among meeting planners and hoteliers. And, ConventionSouth voted the resort as winner of the Readers’ Choice Award.
Meeting and conference planners enjoy the flexibility of bringing groups to this beautiful setting and luxury resort.
With over 10,000 square feet of Oceanside function and pre-function space this makes for an ideal place to bring groups of 20 to 350 people. There are five meeting rooms with the largest having some 2880 square feet. Selection of space includes a beautiful ballroom, oceanfront dining rooms, a large oceanfront lawn area and poolside areas, the historic Solarium, oceanfront Retreat Room and Butler Boardroom.
Meeting and Conference Facilities and Features:
– 10,000 square feet of ocean-side function space
– Flexibility to accommodate from 20 to 350 attendees and guests
– Pre-function space in the resort’s dramatic atrium
– Ocean front lawn adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean
– Team of skilled meeting planning and support professionals
– Full catering service
– Comprehensive on-site convention and audio-visual services
– Activities for groups, spouses and as team-building events
Georgia’s “Golden Isles” is made up of the upscale Sea Island, the State owned Jekyll Island and the little known St.
Simons Island and its county seat of Brunswick. In addition to these beautiful seashore islands, there are also Cumberland, Little Cumberland, Little St. Simons, St. Catherines, Wassaw and Tybee that skirt Georgia’s coastline. Georgia’s Wildlife Management Islands consists of Sapelo Island, Wolf Island Wilderness Area, and Ossabaw Island.
The King and Prince Golf Course:
Named the Hampton Club since it opened in 1988, the club was recently renamed the King and Prince Golf Club. The par 72, 6,462-yard, Joe Lee designed course is not only a very challenging layout but offers some unique features no longer found in golf layouts of this nature. For instance, the back nine holes of numbers 12, 13, 14 & 15 are carved out of the salt marshes. These were built prior to the EPA regulating the build of such in these marshes. “Never again will anyone be able to build a golf course in the marshes, like this one,” stated Rick Mattox, Golf Club Manager. All four holes have become the signature holes for the course…and, they deserve it! They are accessed by 800-feet of elevated cart bridges, adding to the uniqueness of the course.
Recently, Billy Fuller from Atlanta worked with Rick and the King and Prince Management to renovate the course. Billy spent from 1980 to 1987 as golf course superintendent at the famous Augusta National Golf Club where the Masters is held each year. He did a splendid job of keeping the “Joe Lee Touch” and adding his own style. Several sand traps and bunkers were added or redesigned. Fuller also worked with the management in bringing to the King and Prince Golf Club the latest in grasses for this area and soil. Mattox speaks with pride, “We now have Mini Verde greens, Tif sport collars, Celebration tees, roughs and fairways – and our traps are wrapped in Emerald Zoysia. We’re the only course in our region with these types of grasses and our golfers are amazed at the fantastic course transformation.”
The King & Prince Golf Course Clubhouse
A new cutting edge technology has been added to the resort’s website allowing you to view a 3-D graphic transporting viewer to each of 18 holes via a hole-by-hole flyover. “It’s an in-depth virtual tour where one can see bridges, bunkers, the shape of ponds, sprawling live oaks, expansive marsh views, lagoons and towering pines. It includes a full course map, scorecard and vibrant photos of the extraordinary beauty of one of coastal Georgia’s great courses. The flyover takes viewers to our golf course within seconds, giving them an amazing experience,” stated Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales & Marketing for the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. (Click here to watch the flyover: www.kingandprince.com/golf.php)
When taking a stroll on the beach in front of The King and Prince Hotel, one would wonder what Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn would think of how much this special place has grown and expanded. It’s a long way from a dance club…designed just to get even with The Cloister for throwing them out over a few toddies. I suspect they would be very proud of having started a luxury resort that continues to carry their names after 75 years. Happy Anniversary to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
On behalf of the staff and owners of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, I am pleased to accept the 2009 Best of the South Award from Meetings South Magazine. Bud St. Pierre writing here, the Director of Sales & Marketing.
This is our third consecutive award from Meetings South and the tenth overall meetings industry award for The King and Prince Resort since 2006. Of course we are all very proud of this recognition, but the Sales and Catering teams are especially proud and humbled to be recognized once again by meeting planners who bring their groups here to St. Simons Island.
We are very thankful for our group business and we are devoted to ensure that every attendee has an exceptional experience while staying here at the Resort. It is very gratifying to be recognized for these efforts.