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How to Improve Your Golf Game with 3 Tips From Our Golf Pro

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Rick Mattox at the King and Prince Golf Course on St. Simons Island, GA
Rick Mattox at the King and Prince Golf Course on St. Simons Island, GA.

Here are a few quick Golf Tips from Rick Mattox, General Manager & Head Professional of The King and Prince Golf Course, for your next round of golf:

1. HAVE FUN. Make this decision on your way to the course. Whatever happens, you’re going to enjoy it. Having this focused mentality will help you stay more relaxed when the pressure is on. It’s a game after all, not life or death.

2. NO SWING THOUGHTS. Save these for your practice time. Make focusing on routine and shot shape and target your goal. Trying to correct your swing or your body is only going to disconnect you from the shot you are intending to hit. It’s all about the target.

3. PLAY SMOOTH AND RELAXED GOLF. When you start to feel pressure, or get a little hard on yourself, your muscles get tighter and you start to swing quicker. Most swing problems during a round are caused by this. So, instead of analyzing your swing, try simply lightening your grip a little. Reducing the tension in your hands will relax your muscles throughout your whole body. You’ll start swinging a lot smoother and your ball striking will improve.

– Rick Mattox, Head Professional / General Manager
The King and Prince Golf Course

Rick Mattox, Head Professional / General Manager at The King and Prince Golf Course
Rick Mattox, Head Professional / General Manager at The King and Prince Golf Course


Membership at The King and Prince Golf Course is available for individuals, families, corporate groups, and juniors. Depending on the category selected, members and their families can enjoy our men’s and ladies’ golf associations, a year-round calendar of member-only events and tournaments, access to swim and tennis facilities, our Juniors’ programs, social functions, pro shop discounts, valuable benefits, and more.

For complete details on membership privileges, fees, and dues please contact Charmaine Mattox, Membership Director, at 912.634.0255 or email her at

Aerial photograph of The Hampton Club Golf Course, St. Simons Island, GA
Aerial photograph of The Hampton Club Golf Course of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 912-638-3831. Pilot is Steve Mooney, 912-399-8277.

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.


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 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.