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8 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 Welcome to Sea Island! It’s not uncommon to see multiple generations enjoying Sea Island together or meet members and guests whose families return year after year, for decades. Whether it’s the graciousness of our team members or the abundance of activities, once people discover Sea Island they simply never let it go. Read about one such family in our Meet the Members spotlight (page 40), as well as two more in our Then and Now department — which explores the long-standing history of honeymooners at Sea Island (page 98). There is much to enjoy in our fall/winter issue of Sea Island Life. Railway enthusiasts will be fascinated by our feature on luxury train travel (page 72), while discerning gentlemen will appreciate our look into the resurgence of barbershops across the nation, including one right here at Sea Island (page 76). Golfers can learn about the latest tech advancing the game (page 42), as well as how amateur and junior tournaments help aspiring golfers on their journey to the pros (page 34). Architectural aficionados can discover the story behind some of the most iconic building blocks of Sea Island, such as red tile roofs, cut coral and pecky cypress (page 50). For those who appreciate the value of a hand-written note, you won’t want to miss our feature on handwriting (page 66) and what yours might say about your personality. We also delve into the important roles bees play in agriculture and how pivotal landscaping can be to their overall population (page 62). To help you make the most of your Sea Island visit, this issue also takes you deep inside the Nature Center (page 20), introduces you to two pairs of our resident lovebirds (page 37) and uncovers the fascinating history of Broadfield preserves — complete with a recipe to try at home (page 18). This has been an exciting year at Sea Island, including the revamping of two of our signature restaurants, the reopening of Davis Love Grill at Retreat Clubhouse, launching our collaboration with Creature Comforts Brewing (page 82) and celebrating our 95th anniversary. We look forward to welcoming you home for many more years to come. Sincerely, Scott Steilen President and CEO, Sea Island WELCOME
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18 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023-24 Preserving Flavor FROM SWEET JAMS AND JELLIES TO SAVORY CHUTNEYS, CANNED PRODUCE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER. | BY ASHLEY RYAN | SEASONAL FLAVORS Preserving fruit and vegetables started as a way to extend the life of produce and transformed into something delicious and versatile that can be found in homes and restaurants around the world. Canned produce not only lasts longer than fresh, it packs a nutritious punch, is minimally processed and adds depth of flavor and convenience. The process of canning to preserve food, relying on sealing and heat sterilization, was invented back in the early 1800s in France and has been used ever since. In recent years, canning has gained popularity. “Canning is an art that’s come back and is trending now, and it’s a good way to get people into gardening,” says Paula Garrett, chef de cuisine at Broadfield, A Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge. Garrett comes from a family that has preserved fruits and vegetables for as long as she can remember. “I was raised in southern Illinois,” she recalls. “Growing up, we canned everything.” Living on a farm, her family canned the produce that grew in the garden and sometimes meat as well. Now, she has turned these childhood lessons into a skill that benefits diners at Broadfield, where she cans produce, pickles vegetables and creates sweet jams and jellies, chutneys, barbecue sauces and more. Much of the produce she uses comes from the Broadfield garden. Once she learns what will soon be ready for harvest, she starts planning whether it will be blanched and frozen, canned or made into a brine, marinade, sauce or preserved in olive oil. Her vast knowledge of these techniques allows her to make use of everything and ensure nothing goes to waste. “I love the creative side of it,” Garrett comments. “Being able to create something with fresh ingredients and the fact that people delight in it — I think that, to me, is the best part.” One of her most popular creations is a pineapple-jalapeño chutney that is served with Southern quail at Broadfield; it is also sometimes layered over brie on charcuterie boards. Other favorites include Garrett’s hot honey, blackberry jams and jellies, black and blue barbecue sauce, mayhaw jelly, chowchow and pickled peppers, though she also incorporates wild blueberries, pears and figs into her creations. Many of the jellies are served during breakfast at Broadfield, but are also available for guests to purchase and take home. This makes them especially desirable, as they’re able to use them in their own at-home creations after enjoying them with meals around the table. With all of the benefits that canning offers, it’s no surprise that it’s a pivotal part of the Sea Island culinary tapestry — and it enhances the taste of the dishes even more, knowing that they feature fresh, local and homegrown ingredients. &KeI 3aXOa *arreWW creaWeV deOicioXV SreVerYeV Ior %roadfieOd JXeVWV.
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20 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 OUTWARD BOUND A visit to the Sea Island Nature Center is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the animals that live in this area. !e Nature Center is located at the Sea Island Beach Club and gives members and guests the chance to explore species that are native to the Georgia coast in a welcoming, exciting and educational way. From meeting the wildlife and learning about their habits to enjoying immersive programming, there is so much to see and do at this popular wildlife playground. Meet some of the main residents and fan favorites. COB Cob is a friendly, bright orange corn snake with a black and white pattern on his belly that aids in camou"aging. Cob is nonvenomous like all of the Nature Center’s snakes. At around 4 years old, he is not yet full-grown, so those returning year a#er year can watch him continue to grow. “Kids o#en ask why he likes to hide under his rock enclosure,” says Haley Rogers, lead naturalist at Sea Island. “!is is because snakes are cold-blooded and must regulate their temperature by basking in the sun or hiding in the shade.” Our Animal Neighbors MEET THE RESIDENTS OF THE SEA ISLAND NATURE CENTER. | BY ASHLEY RYAN | Cob is a corn snake that lives at the Sea Island Nature Center.
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22 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 SIMON AND SATILLA !ese 3-year-old American alligators came to the Sea Island Nature Center as tiny hatchlings and have grown to be a couple feet long. !ey are named for St. Simons Island and the Satilla River. Still rather young, they have classic yellow and tan stripes on their scales for camou"age purposes, and guests are o#en invited to touch their skin and tail. “Eventually, they’ll outgrow their home here in our Nature Center and move to a larger center in Florida,” Rogers notes. CARLTON Adorned in vivid orange and red hues, the Nature Center’s Eastern box turtle, Carlton, is a stunning sight to behold. At 9 years old, this landdwelling creature has been at the resort for most of his life, where he spends his time munching on fruits and veggies and interacting with guests. “His favorite snacks are tomatoes and bananas,” says Rogers. “When the Camp Cloister kids visit the Nature Center, we o#en let them feed Carlton and watch him emerge from his shell.” !e species is named for a hinge on the belly side of the shell that allows these turtles to box up for protection against predators. “He’s very di$erent from a lot of the other animals in the Nature Center because the majority of our species are aquatic,” Rogers adds. TERRY AND PENNY !ese small diamondback terrapin turtles — about the size of the palm of a hand — have comparatively large jaws, speckled skin and ring patterns on their shells. While sea turtles live exclusively in saltwater, the diamond terrapin turtles spend most of their time in brackish water, so they’re o#en found in the salt marsh wetlands where they feast on shrimp, mollusks and bivalves. “!ey’re rare in nature, and their population is in decline, so it’s a really unique experience to get to see them and even potentially touch them here at the Nature Center,” Rogers adds. Both of these turtles are upwards of 6 years old, though the Nature Center is also home to two other younger terrapin turtles, giving guests the chance to see them at di$erent stages of life. These popular Sea Island Nature Center programs offer more in-depth looks at each of its residents. Coastal Encounters: This 45-minute program for all ages gives families the chance to meet the Sea Island Nature Center residents. “We offer a presentation about the different ecosystems of the Georgia barrier islands and we’ll take out many of the animals at the center,” explains Haley Rogers, lead naturalist at Sea Island. Sea Island Junior Naturalist: Children ages 7 to 14 can learn about local wildlife through the resort’s Junior Naturalist program. First, they visit the Nature Center to meet the animals. “Then, they are taken on an adventure around the island to all the best wildlife viewing spots,” Rogers notes. They often visit the beach or marsh with tools like shelling bags or microscopes to learn more. Birding Tour: The tour begins at the Nature Center, where visitors of all ages can explore and interact. Next, members and guests set off, binoculars in hand, to view birds around the island. “Fall and winter are fantastic times of year to go birding,” Rogers says, adding that some species you may see include osprey, brown pelicans, bald eagles, piping plovers and great horned owls. UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Simon is a 3-year-old American alligator. Carlton is an Eastern box turtle. Terry is a diamondback terrapin turtle.
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24 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 Head sommelier Ryan McLoughlin is working toward his Advanced 6ommeOier cerWificaWion.
FALL/WINTER 2023/24 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 25 LIBATIONS Perfect Pairings SOMMELIERS CREATE A CURATED FOOD-AND-BEVERAGE EXPERIENCE ONE NEVER FORGETS. | BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN | There are more than 10,000 grape varietals in the world and hundreds of regions where they grow. In each region, factors such as climate and terrain — as well as the time and talent of the winemakers themselves — in!uence the characteristics of a wine. Sommeliers not only understand these nuances, but they use their expertise to create a tailored and one-of-a-kind experience for guests. “Sommeliers provide guests with more in-depth knowledge and a better, more educated wine experience,” says Ryan McLoughlin, head sommelier at Sea Island. “My goal is to get the best possible bottle in front of you and curated to what you like.” McLoughlin is one of "ve sommeliers at Sea Island. Although many people think that sommeliers are only focused on making wine recommendations, McLoughlin and his colleagues do far more than that. “Sommeliers are all-around food and beverage team members,” he explains. Because of the rigorous education and training that sommeliers go through, they understand the !avors of food ingredients in dishes. BECOMING A SOMMELIER #e Court of Master Sommeliers o$ers four levels of certi"cation, including the highest and most prestigious level, Master Sommelier. Only 273 people in the world have achieved the Master Sommelier level. McLoughlin is working toward the third level, Advanced Sommelier. At these levels, you have to identify wines by sight, aroma and taste, including where it was grown, the vintage, varietal and quality level. But becoming a sommelier isn’t only about wine. #e Court of Master Sommeliers is service-oriented, so those seeking a certi"cation must also demonstrate their knowledge of table service — how to pour and decant wine, for example — as well as show their understanding of tastings and theory. Sommeliers also must have expertise in beer, spirits and even sake. Jeremy Dodson, general manager of the Georgian Rooms at Sea Island, has a sake sommelier certi"cation from the #e Wine & Spirit Education Trust. The trust also o$ers a wine program that is more focused on academics. “Sommeliers are storytellers and play a big part in creating that once-in-a-lifetime dining experience for guests,” Dodson notes. #e Advanced- and Master-level exams for the Court of Master Sommeliers require that students demonstrate their ability to service tables — o%en with very di$erent restaurant concepts. “One table might be a Japanese restaurant, and you need to demonstrate your knowledge of sake, and the next might be Italian, and it’s all Italian wine questions,” McLoughlin explains. “At one service you might need to make a cocktail. #ey want to know that you can work a table.” #e highest level, Master Sommelier, also requires a verbal deductive tasting of six wines in 25 minutes. Students are given a verbal test on theory that includes principal grape varieties, international wine laws and methods of distillation for spirits and liquors. #e service portion of the exam requires a demonstration of wine service and salesmanship. Students must pass the theory portion of the Master Sommelier exam before going on to the tasting and service exams. #e pass rate for theory is just 10%, and the exam is only o$ered once per year. THE GROWING ROLE OF THE SOMMELIER When McLoughlin started at Sea Island in 2011, the resort had three sommeliers who worked in "ne dining. But guests now expect that level of knowledge and expertise even in more casual environments, he says. “#e best thing a guest can do is trust a sommelier,” McLoughlin suggests. “Even if you don’t understand how to explain what you like to drink, tell the sommelier what you like to drink at home. For example, you can say, ‘I like pinot noir and I usually like to drink Merry Edwards.’ Be speci"c with what you want to spend because my goal as a sommelier is to "nd the absolute best wine for your price and preferences.” Sommeliers are a great resource for guests not only because of their knowledge of wine, but also because of their passion, Dodson says: “#ey have dedicated their life and career around what they are passionate about. Sommeliers are able to take you on a journey. #e guests just have to be willing to take a little voyage out of their comfort zones and let the sommelier take them on a journey. ” Sake is poured tableside at the new Georgian Rooms.
26 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 SOUTHERN STYLE The production timeline to produce a !ne timepiece takes roughly three years, meaning watch trends don’t shi" as quickly as the rest of the fashion world — a fact that is even more poetic considering a watch’s place in our lives is to track time. But trends having greater longevity doesn’t make them any less compelling. For 2023, many brands are moving past “men's” and “women's” classi!cations and simply creating a watch. A direct result of women buying larger watches for a bolder statement and men o"en opting for a smaller silhouette, these unisex watches make sense for today’s consumer. Technical innovation, such as solar power, and innovative materials are also trending. While time is everywhere — from our phones to microwaves — watches continue to pull in consumers with new materials, state-of-theart tech, colorful, jewelry-inspired designs and specialty collaborations. So, while we may not be able to control time, we can certainly control how we see it. Here are a few of the latest and greatest watches drawing attention for their innovation and style. Trend Watch BEFORE YOU PURCHASE YOUR NEXT TIMEPIECE, CONSIDER THESE TIMELY WATCH TRENDS. | BY EMILY L. FOLEY | 1) An extra-long strap wraps around the wrist twice for a unique style on this Happy Diamonds Icons watch. As for those iconic Chopard “dancing” diamonds: They live at the intersection of playful and luxe. $9,340 (chopard.com) 2) The Solar Classic watch by Solios is made with certified recycled stainless steel and charges with natural and artificial light, eliminating the need to ever change the battery. $305 (solioswatches.com) 3) The Citizen Eco-Drive One is made with Duratect DCL-coated steel, making it incredibly lightweight but also five times as hard as stainless steel. It is also sustainably powered by any type of light, which means no batteries to replace or discard. $3,995 (citizenwatch.com) 2 1 3
FALL/WINTER 2023/24 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 27 4) Bright yellow rubber and fine-brushed steel are combined to create this sporty Tag Heuer Formula 1 watch that perfectly exudes the fast-paced, exciting life it's named for. $1,900 (tagheuer.com) 5) Each watch from the Tom Ford Ocean Plastic line is made from 30-plus plastic bottles retrieved from our ocean’s waters, making this crisp, chic 002 watch much more than a fashion statement. $995 (tomford.com) 6) The Piaget Polo Date Watch — a classic men’s sport watch — is reimagined for the feminine arm with a face surrounded by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds and another 36 brilliant-cut diamonds accented in rosegold at the hour markers. $21,900 (piaget.com) 7) With its white rubber strap and yellow gold dial that both scream “cruise wear” and that iconic Gucci cat head, this Dive watch is a statement that sets any wrist apart. $1,650 (gucci.com) 8) The orange calfskin strap, the unmistakable goldplated “H” surrounding the face — if it’s classic luxury without the fuss you want, this Hermes H watch delivers. $3,400 (hermes.com) 7 4 6 5 8
28 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 With Flying Colors NEW SEA ISLAND AND THE BROADMOOR COLORING BOOKS ALLOW ARTISTS OF ALL AGES TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF THEIR VISIT. | BY ALLISON EMERY | FAMILY “We tailored the coloring books to the person who is coloring it, wanting an enjoyable experience for both parent and child.” —CHRISTIAN ANSCHUTZ A conversation with illustrator Adam Turner sheds light on the artistic process of creating the coloring books. What was your initial reaction when you were asked to partner with Sea Island and The Broadmoor for these books? Turner: Coloring books are something I have quite a bit of experience with, so I felt it to be very much in my wheelhouse. , ZenW inWo iW ZiWK confidence and clarity, which is always a wonderful way to start a project. I was also excited by the unknown. I had never visited either property before, so I was excited to see the grounds and the life of the resort. What was your favorite part of the design process? Turner: My favorite part was spending time at the properties. I was able to meet with the folks who live it and breathe it daily. I was able to immerse myself into the properties for a short bit, and it was wonderful. How did Sea Island inspire you? Turner: As an artist, I really valued the level of detail and love that goes into every aspect of the resort. From the architectural details to the design of the grounds, to the preservation of WKe OocaO Ŵora and IaXna , ZaV Vo impressed with the grandeur of it all, and just amazed by some of the unique design decisions throughout Sea Island. AN ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE When the Anschutz family purchased !e Broadmoor and Sea Island, they knew that beyond each resort’s storied history and idyllic settings, they are places where families, including theirs, would build memories for generations. Inspired by the birth of their "rst child, Fritz, and looking to give members and guests a way to remember their own special visits to Sea Island and !e Broadmoor, Jill and Christian Anschutz came up with the idea for a set of coloring books. “We were looking to create something that families could do together,” says Christian Anschutz, businessman, philanthropist and son of Sea Island owner, Philip Anschutz. !e Anschutzes collaborated with awardwinning children’s book illustrator Adam Turner for the project. Working alongside Turner, Jill and Christian developed two coordinating coloring books — one for adults and one for children, each with a unique perspective and illustrations. “!e adult version has more intricate designs,” Christian says. “So, if a child is coloring one of our scenes, the parent could be coloring the corresponding page, which would have far more architectural details. It’s really meant to be so the parent and child can be coloring together at the same time.” !e books feature more than a dozen architecture-focused designs, from the grand entrance of !e Cloister at Sea Island to the mountainous backdrops of Colorado Springs at !e Broadmoor. Each page includes fun facts about the scene and highlights a variety of onproperty activities. “It was important to us that these books really embodied the spirit of each resort. Incorporating some of the signature activities that a member or guest could experience during their visit was a great way to do that,” states Christian. !is level of attention to detail, even down to the fabrication of the coloring books, is what sets them apart. !e Anschutzes ensured the adult version had a luxury feel, using premium paper and binding. On the other hand, the children’s counterpart was designed to be more durable, standing up to the varying graded force of young artists. While coloring books are a perfect pastime for both grown-ups and kids, this set calls for something a bit deeper: connecting not only with a loved one but also with the spectacular scenes that make up these iconic destinations. !e coloring books are available for purchase at retail shops throughout each property as well as at shop.seaisland.com. The new coloring books feature a variety of architecture-inspired designs.
FALL/WINTER 2023/24 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 29 The new coloring books feature a version for adults and another for children.
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32 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 An Exercise for Inner Peace LABYRINTHS PROVIDE THE PERFECT SPACE TO PRACTICE WALKING MEDITATION. | BY SUE G. COLLINS | For more than 4,000 years, people have turned to labyrinths for a walking meditation practice, directing careful attention to moving the body forward, focusing on an intentional gait and consciousness of the breath while settling into stillness. Stepping into the labyrinth, a broad grassy stage with a path outlined with stone, one may carry an intention or ask a question. !e short winding walk is meant to nourish focus and contemplation, culminating in quiet concord and personal resolution. A labyrinth is a meandering path, o"en unicursal, with a singular path leading to a center. Not to be confused with mazes, labyrinths are an ancient archetype used symbolically as a walking meditation, a tool for personal and spiritual transformation, also thought to enhance right-brain activity. Labyrinth carvings and constructions thousands of years old are found around the world. !ere are similarities in the designs despite geographic and cultural di#erences and include a bounded, interior space with a continuous meandering path to the center and back out again, usually by the same path. Stone, tile, grass, sand, earth or carved wood have been used to create the motif. Some labyrinths have more than one opening between the exterior and interior, absence of a center space, intersections and path choices, or dual paths speci$cally for ceremonies or con%ict resolution, according to !e Labyrinth Society, an international nonpro$t for enthusiasts whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths. !e labyrinth at Sea Island was created to connect guests with the surrounding spaces and help them continue their serene and relaxing journey during their stay at the resort. !e iconic Spa at Spa at Sea Island was built almost 20 years ago and encompasses 65,000 square feet. !e classical labyrinth design is from a simple “seed pattern” with a seven-circuit design that has been suggested to correspond to the seven days of the week, seven visible planets and seven chakras. “A labyrinth is not a maze or puzzle meant to confuse you, but a space to bring order to chaos where you can have a heart-to-heart conversation with yourself,” says Ella Kent, Sea Island director of spa, $tness and wellbeing. “Our labyrinth rests in a beautiful garden fringed with a koi pond, lush leafy plants and is encircled by an ivy-covered wall — creating the perfect habitat for bees, butter%ies and our tiny native, singing frogs.” Veriditas-certi$ed facilitator Margaret Bosbyshell leads a complimentary monthly guided meditation at Sea Island. “In each experience, guests will begin by setting their intentions with a ‘$nger tracing labyrinth’ exercise, followed by guided breath work and an introduction into labyrinth meditation,” she notes. “While the labyrinth is our favored spot for quiet contemplation, it’s not the only place where you can immerse yourself in nature to relax your mind and refresh your spirit,” Kent comments. “We have a diverse array of mindful activities, including yoga at sunrise and sunset, a guided paddle through tidal grasslands, horseback riding through lush groves of ancient oaks and palmettos and much more.” MIND & BODY The labyrinth at The Spa at Sea Island features a classic design and the calming sounds of a water feature. The labyrinth is a special place VeW aVide Ior \oX Wo reŴecW mediWaWe and perhaps negotiate a new beKaYior. 7Ke rK\WKm oI ZaONinJ placing one foot in front of the oWKer emSWieV WKe mind reOa[eV WKe body and refreshes the spirit. While there is no wrong way to ZaON a Oab\rinWK Ze VXJJeVW IoXr states to organize your journey. REMEMBER: Before walking WKe Oab\rinWK WaNe Wime Wo be in gratitude and bless the people in \oXr OiIe. ,I WKere iV a VSecific eYenW or ViWXaWion WroXbOinJ \oX bring it to mind and form a healing question around it. RELEASE: Walking into the labyrinth. Quiet your mind and release your troubles. Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel. Become aware of your breathing. 5eOa[ and moYe aW \oXr oZn Sace interpreting everything you see and feel as a metaphor. RECEIVE: 6andinJ in WKe cenWer SaXVe reŴecW and oSen \oXrVeOI to your inner voice. Have a heartto-heart conversation with yourself and be open to what you discover. RETURN: Walking the path to OeaYe WKe cenWer VWarW WKe SroceVV oI inWeJraWinJ \oXr e[Serience. Bring to mind any insights you might have received. Feel the sense oI ZeOO beinJ KeaOinJ e[ciWemenW calm or peace. LABYRINTH MEDITATION
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34 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023-24 The late Jack Lumpkin (left) coached Sea Island resident PGA TOUR member Brian Harman for many years.
FALL/WINTER 2023/24 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 35 Journey to the Pros WHILE MANY YOUNG GOLFERS DREAM OF GOING PRO, IT TAKES DEDICATION, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERT COACHING TO GET THERE. | BY DALE LEATHERMAN | “I’m a great believer in luck, and I !nd that the harder I work the more I have of it,” the famous quote o"en attributed to #omas Je$erson goes. Most PGA TOUR professionals would agree that luck has very little to do with success — or even earning a chance to compete at the highest levels of the sport. Involving years of sacri!ce and dedication, the journey to the TOUR is not for the faint-hearted. Tiger Woods began imitating his father’s golf swing when he was 18 months old and trained 13 hours a day for much of his career. Scottie Sche%er was given a plastic club and ball at 3 and moved on to real clubs and nine-hole matches when he was 6. Collin Morikawa began his golf training at 5 years old. Brian Harman, a Sea Island resident and member of the PGA TOUR, was 11 when his mother !rst brought him to the Sea Island Golf Performance Center (GPC) to be evaluated by the legendary Jack Lumpkin. It was the beginning of a coach-player relationship that lasted until Lumpkin’s death in February 2022. Harman capped a successful amateur career with a win in the 2003 U.S. Junior Championship and was a member of the victorious 2005 and 2009 Walker Cup teams before turning pro. He went on to win the 2014 John Deere Classic and the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship. In July 2023, he won his !rst major: the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. “Growing up I always knew I wanted to play golf on the PGA TOUR, so when the time was right I searched for instruction,” Harman explains. “An hour from my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, was a world-class facility with talented coaches. I loved the atmosphere so much that I now call St. Simons Island my home. I don’t know where I would be today without the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.” In 2017 the GPC launched the Player Development Program (PDP) as a training regimen for competition-minded juniors like Harman. “#e PDP was born out of what we saw as a need for parents to !nd quality instruction for their competitive juniors on an organized and consistent basis,” says GPC director Craig Allan. “We were seeing too many parents and juniors taking lessons on a reactionary or panic basis, attacking only the current issue rather than creating a long-term plan and building the instruction around that plan. Recognizing that these folks would have to travel to see us, the program has quarterly visits organized around the long-term plan, while also incorporating statistics from events. In between quarterly visits, we hold remote coaching to ensure the player is staying on track.” Junior golfers who train at Sea Island have the opportunity to test their skills at two dedicated competitions held at the resort: the Jones Cup Junior Invitational held each winter for males under 18 who are not full-time college students, and the Sea Island Women’s Amateur held each summer, which has no age restrictions. IN THE SWING Tournaments like the Sea Island Women’s Amateur, pictured here, and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational allow up-and-coming players to test their skills. PHOTO BY ELIOT VANOTTEREN, GOLFWEEK Director of Golf Brannen Veal says the Jones Cup Junior Invitational was a natural progression from the Jones Cup Invitational. Held at Ocean Forest Golf Club, the elite amateur tournament was inspired by the A.W. Jones family, founders of the Sea Island Golf Club and #e Cloister. “#e Jones Cup Junior Invitational allows players to compete at a very high level, gauge where they are in their own games, and prepare for college and, potentially, professional golf,” Veal says. #e junior champion receives an exemption into the following Jones Cup Invitational. Similarly, the Sea Island Women’s Amateur now in its third year, has already become a top-tier amateur event for women. Whether seeking expert coaching or the chance to test their skills among the best of their peers, the coaching and competitions o$ered at Sea Island help propel many young golfers forward on their quest for college or professional success.
36 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 Feathered Friends THE CLOISTER SOLARIUM’S LOVEBIRDS DELIGHT VISITORS OF ALL AGES. | BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN | The Cloister Solarium is a favorite spot for Sea Island members and guests. Bathed in sunlight, live plants and the sounds of lovebirds, the Solarium is a place to enjoy nature indoors. Two pairs of lovebirds — one, the peach-faced variety, and the other, yellowcollared — produce happy chirps and whistles, chatter and endless song. “As far as back as we can tell, Sea Island has always had the pleasure of keeping birds,” recalls Wheeler Bryan, historian for Sea Island. However, many believe the !rst housed birds at Sea Island were !nches. "ose !rst birds lived in the loggia of the original hotel, which opened in 1928. Designed by noted architect Addison Mizner, the original Cloister was built in Spanish Colonial Revival style — something that was re#ected in the bird’s cages. “"e design of the cages is very indicative of Mizner’s architectural style,” notes Bryan. “"ey’re a natural !t for the design of the old and new hotel.” It’s believed that the birds — and their cages — were moved to the Solarium when the new Cloister was built in 2006. One species of lovebirds at Sea Island, known as yellow-collared lovebirds, was discovered in Tanzania in the late 1800s and found their way years later into the United States a$er becoming escaped pets. "e other pair, known as peachfaced lovebirds, didn’t arrive in the United States until the 1930s. Both pairs of lovebirds have monogamous bonds with each other and, as their name suggests, they are lifelong mates. When properly cared for, lovebirds can live to be around 15 years old. "e Sea Island nature team cares for the resident lovebirds every day. "e routine starts at dawn. Lovebirds wake up at sunrise — it’s part of their natural instinct to wake up and search for food. "e Outdoor Pursuits team helps with the transition to daylight by uncovering the birds’ cage. Lovebirds HISTORY One of the peach-faced lovebirds enjoys some play time in the Solarium.
FALL/WINTER 2023/24 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 37 need to have their cages covered at night to help them sleep and keep warm. Of course, the team also provides the birds with grooming and plenty of fresh food and water. Lovebirds not only drink water, but they also bathe in it. And they don’t just eat seed — they also enjoy certain vegetables and fruit. New toys and treats keep the lovebirds feeling their best, so they can continue entertaining and inspiring Sea Island visitors, as they have for many years. “It’s the lovebirds that make the Solarium come alive,” Bryan comments. “!ey bring the outside in. People come every year to see the lovebirds. Guests enjoy their morning co"ee while watching them. !ey provide such a calming sense of nature.” Sea Island has been home to indoor birds since it opened. There’s a good reason that lovebirds got their name. The birds, which mate for life, are known for their monogamy and a strong desire to be with each other. The birds’ relationship begins with a courtship ritual. The male lovebird attracts the female by feeding her. The male will also make a clicking sound with his beak and often will do a dance to attract the female. It’s apparent they’ve become mates when they begin to preen each other’s feathers. Lovebirds are native to Africa, and they’re actually a species of parrot. They date back as far as 1.9 million years ago. There are nine different species, which include the peachfaced and yellow-collared lovebirds that live in the Solarium at Sea Island. Peach-faced lovebirds, also known as rosy-faced lovebirds, originate from Africa’s Angola nation. The yellow-collared lovebirds, also known as masked lovebirds, are native to northeast Tanzania and come in a variety of colors including blues and greens. But what continues to fascinate scientists is the lovebirds’ lifelong devotion for each other — something that few species, other than humans, exhibit. In fact, it’s said that when a lovebird loses its mate, it experiences what could be described as depression. It will call out for its mate, often searching in places where the birds were together. Some lovebirds will even stop eating during their time of mourning. MORE TO LOVE ABOUT LOVEBIRDS
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40 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023-24 MEMBER Back in 1975, Kevin Semtner !rst 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. A"er 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.” Meet the Members KEVIN AND STACEY SEMTNER | BY MICAELA MYERS | In fact, they love the architecture so much, they recreated the ceiling of the River Bar & Lounge at their home in Texas. #eir 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. “#ey hear me talk about it, and they’re so excited to visit. #at 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 #e 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. “#ere 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. #e 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, !shing, 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 !esta-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.” “It was a dream come true. Sea Island is my vision of heaven. It’s the people here that make Sea Island so special — the Southern manners, charm and hospitality — plus the beauty, activities, gorgeous landscaping and the timeless design.” —STACEY SEMTNER The Semtners enjoy all aspects of Sea Island, including The Cloister.
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42 SEA ISLAND LIFE | FALL/WINTER 2023/24 A STUNNING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY HELPS GOLFERS REACH THE NEXT LEVEL. | BY DALE LEATHERMAN | TOOLS GAME of the TrackMan uses dual radar technology to track each ball and swing, among other features.
FALL/WINTER 2023/24 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 43 While there are no miracle shortcuts that bypass the practice range and putting green, technology can help you improve all aspects of your game from analyzing your shot and the !ight of the ball to o"ering superior clubs. Of course, technology is nothing new to the world of golf. Manufacturers constantly create new designs and materials to make clubs and balls more e#cient and forgiving. Club $tters now have more tools to evaluate golfers’ swings and $ne-tune their clubs. Golfers also have access to golf watches and range $nders that determine distances more accurately and enable savvy club selections. But the best tools will only take you so far if you don’t sharpen your skills. %at’s where some of the exciting new tech comes in to play. CLIPPD Arti$cial intelligence has entered the golf realm with a surprisingly intuitive app. Simply put, Clippd (named for the sound of a crisply hit ball) pulls together information from existing measurement tools such as Arccos, TrackMan and Garmin and generates detailed