Back in 1975, Kevin Semtner first learned about Sea Island when he took lessons from famed golfer Davis Love Jr. in Florida. When he married his wife, Stacey, in 2003, they visited the resort, looking for a place to make new memories together and bring their family. While they visited many other resorts over the past 20 years, they found that nowhere compares to Sea Island. After their 25th visit, they decided to make the leap, purchase a home on St. Simons Island and become Sea Island Club members.
“It was a dream come true. Sea Island is my vision of heaven,” says Stacey, a sixth-generation Texan. “It’s the people here that make Sea Island so special — the Southern manners, charm and hospitality— plus the beauty, landscaping, activities and the timeless design.” In fact, they love the architecture so much, they recreated the ceiling of the River Bar & Lounge at their home in Texas.
The Semtners enjoy all aspects of Sea Island, including The Cloister.
Their children Robert, Katie and Alexandra visit, along with Katie’s husband Ryan and their children Ruby, age 5, and Oliver, age 3. “I love the multigenerational aspect, and it’s come full circle for us because we now have little ones coming,” Stacey notes.
She has introduced over 100 friends and family members to Sea Island throughout the years. Stacey takes each of her visitors on a detailed tour of the resort and has educated herself on many aspects of Sea Island and its incredible history. “I think my favorite thing is seeing friends’ reactions to Sea Island,” she comments. “They hear me talk about it, and they’re so excited to visit. That is what has been very rewarding. It’s not just my personal experience; it’s something I’m sharing.”
Kevin’s 60th birthday party in The Cloister Wine Cellar and Stacey’s 50th birthday at the Georgian Room rank as two of their top memories, but both feel each day at Sea Island is special. “It’s adult Disneyland here,” Stacey notes. “There is always so much to do. It’s a perfect vacation every day. Sea Island nourishes the soul in many ways with daily new adventures.”
“Kevin is a golf professional, so it’s no surprise he loves to golf with friends. The Sea Island Shooting School is another activity he enjoys. Stacey’s favorite is bike riding around the island. However, there’s nothing they haven’t tried, including boating, kayaking, fishing, Rainbow Island cookouts, Pilates, tennis and pickleball.
Last year, Stacey and her Texas friends won the Fourth of July watermelon shootout at the Shooting School. She also co-hosted the opening day festivities for the ladies’ nine-hole group with a fiesta-themed event, bringing her Texas roots to Georgia.
Like many members and guests, the Semtners agree it’s the people who take Sea Island above and beyond— the exceptional, personalized service and the amazing folks you meet all around the island. Stacey adds, “We are blessed to have made so many new friends in the two years since we became members.”