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The Ultimate Fall Itinerary for St. Simons Island

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

As the temperatures get lower and the air gets a little crisper, the feeling of fall on St Simons is here!  With so many things to do and such pleasant weather, our ideal fall weekend in the Golden Isles looks like this:

Friday

Afternoon: Take a welcome walk on the beach and enjoy cocktails + an appetizer at ECHO. The cheese plate is everyone’s favorite and can be ordered to go for an impromptu beach picnic.

Evening: Freshen up for dinner and head to Fiddler’s 410 Arnold down the road to enjoy a popular new restaurant with a unique marsh view. Bonus points because if you’re tired of being in the car, you can just walk the few blocks down Arnold Rd.

Insider Tip: Social distancing has limited seating around the Island so be sure to make reservations wherever possible. Reservations aren’t available at Fiddler’s, but they are at several other island eateries.

Saturday

Morning: Coffee and provisions from ECHO so we can start our adventure early. Rent bikes from Ocean Motion to pedal around like a local. Swing by the historical site, Bloody Marsh, then head to the old Coast Guard station to tour the WWII Home Front Museum.

Insider Tip: if you plan to do the WWII Museum and the St. Simons Lighthouse while visiting ~we recommend you do~ be sure to get the combined ticket for a little extra discount.

Alternate morning for a golfer: Definitely start at the King and Prince Golf Course. If you even think you like golf, then you most certainly need to play our Back 9 to see its legendary marsh views for yourself. The course is located on the north end of St. Simons and the bellmen run a shuttle service for guests; just mention it at check-in.

Midday: Trek over to Frosty’s Griddle & Shake for some classic diner vibes and delicious eats. We recommend being in the mood for ice cream. Afterward, it’s time to make your way down Mallery to peruse the village before hitting the lighthouse.

Insider Tip: Keep your eyes open for Tree Spirits at all times, especially if you’re at Frosty’s and near the Golden Isles Visitor Center (Yes, that is definitely a tip of where to look). It’s our Island’s version of a scavenger hunt and you won’t find it anywhere else!

Insider Tip: Be sure to go to the Pier while in the Pier Village. You’ll want to get your photo with the Golden Ray ship in the background since removal will begin soon.

Afternoon: Time to get back to the resort for football. Most Saturdays during college football season, the resort is hosting the King and Prince Stadium Club at the Atlantic Court.

Evening: Depending on how far you want to travel, it’s time to hop in the car, on the bikes, or grab a ride to Georgia Sea Grill for dinner. A classic Island favorite where you can never go wrong with Chef Tim Lensch in the kitchen and Zack Gowen running it all. Prefer walking distance? That’s easy too since Crab Daddy’sBarrier Island Brewing, and Beachcomber BBQ are all just around the corner.

Sunday

Morning: Since we sit directly on the East Coast, we always recommend waking up for sunrise at least once. Afterward, there’s plenty of time for gathering your things. After checking out, leave your bags with the bellmen and head over to ECHO for Sunday Brunch. No sense driving with an empty stomach, and the rotating brunch menu is sure to have several options for anyone.

Insider Tip: stay Sunday night and enjoy the bottomless mimosas or endless Bloody Marys available. Then you’ll have plenty of time for casual strolls down the beach. Since October is looking like it may be a bit warmer this year, make the whole day a beach day!

Dining alternatives to any of the above suggestions include, but aren’t limited to, the following. With so many delicious places to dine, you’d have to visit for a week, at least twice, to be remotely close to hitting them all. In fact, we recommend doing just that if you can because there are a lot of calories on this Island that are worth it!

We’ve added some photos below of the things mentioned in this blog. If you’re looking for more, you can always check out our New on SSI Blog (which we update regularly), learn more about Unique Activities, or find all of our Fall Activities in one place. For more comprehensive lists of the area’s activities, you can always visit the activity page on our website here.

 

Your Guide to St. Simons Island from Afar

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Times are tough right now as we’re currently living through history in the making. This is literally the modern “walk to school uphill in the snow, both ways”. Something nobody really imagined other than maybe epidemiologists or the creators of Outbreak. (Side note, just because it’s currently available for streaming on Netflix does NOT mean you should watch it if you’re looking to decompress.)

For the sake of our audience ranging both near (on St. Simons Island. Hey, Sara K.) and far (think Wisconsin. Hi, Evan K.), we have a range of suggestions of how to enjoy St. Simons while some of our favorite attractions aren’t accessible. (Current no-no list includes: the beach, the lighthouse, the WWII museum and the Pier.) We hope this list will help provide a temporary distraction, and maybe even a little calm, to your current daily routines.

Reminder: Do not leave your house if you think you’re sick, have been exposed to someone who is sick, or are medically at risk.

1. Enjoy our free beach cam. This one can definitely be accessed by anyone and doesn’t require leaving the house. Bonus points if you sit outside and stream to get the full(ish) effect.

2. Take a hike. Literally. If you’re local, you can enjoy places like Cannon’s Point Preserve by yourself or with your quarantine buddy (ie spouse, roommate, whomever has already existed in close proximity with you). Again, we reiterate that you should stay safe and give others a wide berth if you pass them on a trail. And bring bug spray. **Update 4/5/20: Cannon’s Point Preserve has been closed but other hiking oppotunities can be explored here or you can visit Cannon’s Point Preserve virtually here.**

3. The beaches may be closed, but the bike paths are not. And if you can’t be at the beach, biking offers you the chance to feel the salty island air whipping through your hair. Double duty if you’re missing the gym too. Several places on the island that rent bikes if you don’t have your own, but in this ever-changing climate, be sure to touch base by calling first.

4. Read a book! There are several books written by local authors or set in the Golden Isles. Eugenia Price’s trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Get visual with Island Time by Jingle Davis with photography by Ben Galland, or take a literary trolley tour with Larry Hobbs’ Coast TalesGJ Ford Bookstore has an entire local section and can help you choose a title. They’re also offering curbside service or pay by phone and have it shipped.

5. Do a takeout (our delivery) tour of the Golden Isles. Taste your favorites from home. Or play home chef by finding recipes from some of your favorites, like the Shrimp + Grits from ECHO, to recreate at home as a family activity! The local Chamber of Commerce has a running Facebook list on what the current takeout options here.

6. Golf is here fore you. Whether it’s been awhile, isn’t your thing or maybe you just need some practice, hitting the golf course is a great way to get fresh air while maintaining social distance. And if you visit The King and Prince Golf Course, you can enjoy the marsh breezes on the back 9.

7. Plan a future visit! Got the itch to travel but don’t feel like now is the time? We have plenty of resources on our activity pages or blogs to help you knock your next vacation out of the park.

Do you have any suggestions we should add to our list? We’d love to hear what crafty ideas we’re missing on how to enjoy St. Simons Island while keeping ourselves, and others, safe.

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 OPPORTUNITIES:

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 cmattox@mmihg.com.

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.

Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

On February 20th and 21st The King and Prince Golf Course was the proud host of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, one of the largest Junior Golf Tours in the country with over 270 events across the nation. Participation on this tour opens the doors to many opportunities for young golfers, including the chance to play on the collegiate level at universities. It was an honor for The King and Prince Golf Course to be a part of this. We are excited to announce that we are in the process of booking for the 2017 event.

Jack Roberts: Boys U10 Champion
Jack Roberts: Boys U10 Champion
Jonathan Griz: Boys 11-13 Champion
Jonathan Griz: Boys 11-13 Champion
Will Spivey: Boys 14-15 Champion
Will Spivey: Boys 14-15 Champion
TJ Nolan: Boys 16-18 Champion
TJ Nolan: Boys 16-18 Champion
Virginia Anne Holmes: Girls U13 Champion
Virginia Anne Holmes: Girls U13 Champion
Julianna Collett: Girls 14-18 Champion
Julianna Collett: Girls 14-18 Champion

Photos courtesy of The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

Coastal Georgia Women’s Golf Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
In February, The King and Prince Golf Course hosted a fundraiser for the College of Coastal Georgia’s women’s golf team. This women’s fundraiser event was played on Saturday but kicked off with a clinic hosted on Friday that included instruction from Mike Shannon and Mike Cook from Sea Island.
Mike Shannon is rated as one on the top putting instructors in the country.  He has written many books and is now designing putters himself.  Mike Cook is one on the top 100 teachers in the United States.  He is the coach of the College of Coastal Georgia’s men’s golf team and has won two National Championships (2014 and 2015).
Mike Shannon Golf Instructor
Mike Shannon
Mike Cook Golf Instructor
Mike Cook

Mike Shannon

Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser
Attendees at the Coastal Georgia Golf Fundraiser

St. Simons Golf Course Welcomes Assistant Pro

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Robert Long, Assistant Golf Pro

The King and Prince Golf Course is proud to welcome Robert Long aboard as the new 1st Assistant Golf Pro. Robert will work alongside Course Manager Rick Mattox to provide players with an exceptional golf experience.

Mattox says: “I am very excited to have Robert joining our team. He is already a valued addition for the future of the King and Prince Golf Course. St. Simons Island affords him a wonderful place to live and enjoy quality family life while pursuing his chosen career path.”

The course enlivens the old school tradition of golf. Located at the crossroads of the Hampton & Frederica Rivers, the scenic drive to the north tip of St. Simons Island allows golfers to begin unwinding long before arrival; when you enter the Clubhouse, you receive a quality experience that is rarely forgotten. You become part of the Club’s family ~ to relax, play golf and make memories with a caring staff.

For more information about the course on St. Simons Island, Georgia, visit our website.

A Bachelor Weekend on St. Simons Island

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Bachelor Parties on St. Simons Island

 

So much emphasis is put on the bride that sometimes the groom gets forgotten when it comes to the wedding and festivities. When it comes to where to celebrate your bachelor party, why not turn it into a weekend for you and your guy friends and head to St. Simons Island? With golfing, fishing, great restaurants and nightlife right outside our door, you are sure to have a weekend to remember!

Where to stay: The King and Prince has many options to choose from when it comes to hotel rooms. We have 194 rooms which are a combination of villas, homes and hotel rooms. Our hotel rooms are a great option for small parties while our homes are able to accommodate up to 10 people at once. Staying at our resort will put you just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and only 1 mile from the pier village area. While you are at our resort you can enjoy our 4 outdoor pools, beach access, a restaurant with ocean views and discounted golf rates at our golf course.

What to do: St. Simons Island is a golfer’s paradise. We recommend a guys day at The King and Prince Golf  Course which is on the north end of the island. If golf isn’t your thing, there are several fishing charters available and our concierge would be happy to help you select a charter that best fits you.

Where to dine: ECHO offers the only oceanfront dining on the island and has spectacular views along with great food and drinks. The Crab Trap which is at the foot of our resort has a diverse and delicious menu and is within walking distance! Redfern Village has several different restaurants to choose from and offers a casual atmosphere that guests enjoy. No matter where you choose to dine, we know that it will be a delicious meal!

Nightlife: ECHO often has live music and you won’t find a better view from a bar on the island! Throughout the village you will find several spots with live music and good drinks. In addition, Ziggy’s which is located by Wynn Dixie is an excellent place to dance and have a good time.

#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

 

A Wedding Away: Head North!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Wedding on Golf Course
Golf Course Wedding

Just because you’ve selected the King and Prince as your Georgia wedding resort doesn’t mean you’re limited to a beach wedding!  Consider this:  lazy, luxurious days on the beach with family and friends, then head north for a golf course wedding.  The natural beauty of the marsh and inland waterways on the north end of the island frame your wedding ceremony perfectly.  Here, a shot at sunset at the King and Prince golf course.  Picture this: You.  Here.  Vows at sunset.

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.

 

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