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e Golden Isles is a place to escape the bustle of life, to connect and celebrate with each other, against a landscape of wondrous natural beauty. is is a place families have long cherished, visiting time after time, spanning generations. e excitement is hard to contain—to encounter loggerhead sea turtles and dolphins, to be enthralled by the live oaks and historical cottages, and to whet the appetite for Southern favorites and fresh avors. Across the four barrier islands and historic port city, there are discoveries steeped in stories and cuisines, both of traditions old and new. Stroll along miles of serene beaches that turn golden at sunset. Explore the lush, winding marshlands. Immerse in the footsteps of yesterday’s giants, and relish in timeless experiences. is is the quintessence of Southern leisure and summer adventure. Let your senses celebrate. is is the Golden Isles. IN THE GOLDEN ISLES, THE BEACHES RADIATE WITH WARM EMBRACES AND HEARTY LAUGHTER, SERENADING YOU WITH JOY AND CHARM. IT SHOWERS YOU WITH DELIGHT.

8 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 Welcome to Sea Island! Driving over the bridge onto Sea Island, many of us feel we’re arriving home. That feeling is generated by the gracious hospitality of our team members, over 100 of whom belong to the “Quarter Century Club,” marking 25 or more years of service. This year is the 95th anniversary of Sea Island, and throughout 2023, we are celebrating our amazing team members who bring the resort to life and make every member and guest feel like family. (Read more on page 106.) Celebrations continue with the 10th anniversary of Sea Island Life magazine. Since 2013, Sea Island Life has reflected the people, places and interests of our community. Throughout the last decade, we have shared over 400 articles that range from travel, culinary, design, fashion, outdoor adventure and more. In this issue, we explore several emerging trends with features on the expanding popularity of the spirit mezcal (page 70), the unexpected evolution of mushrooms (page 60) and advice from experts on creating the most memorable tablescapes (page 42). If you’re a lover of music or art, you won’t want to miss our features on the resurgence of vinyl records (page 76) and painting in “plein air” (page 64). Of course, no issue of Sea Island Life would be complete without golf. On page 50, learn how architects design championshipworthy courses and get a sneak peek at the course refresh happening at Ocean Forest Golf Club. Other renovations that are underway include updated guestrooms at The Lodge, as well as expanded and enhanced dining at Colt & Alison. At The Cloister, the new Georgian Rooms restaurant concept will provide double the seating and entirely new menus and dining experiences for all to enjoy (page 96). This year, there are many exciting happenings at Sea Island and there is no better way to celebrate them than with family. We look forward to welcoming you home. Sincerely, Scott Steilen President and CEO, Sea Island WELCOME

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12 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 42 ART OF THE TABLESCAPE From linens to décor, tablescapes serve as a feast for the senses. BY SUE G. COLLINS 46 CONFECTION PERFECTION Cake masters create works of art that are just as delicious as they are beautiful. BY ALLISON EMERY 50 THE GROUNDWORK FOR GOLF From initial planning to the first tee shot, golf course architects strive to highlight natural beauty into a memorable playing experience. BY JAKE POINIER Features SPRING/SUMMER 2023 CONTENTS 60 THE FUTURE IS FUNGI Mushrooms are forging a new path, extending well beyond the plate. BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN AND DREW MAILLOUX 64 IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Discover the fascinating landscape of plein air paintings and how they turn moments into memories. BY LISA SHERRODD 70 A SPIRITED TASTE After years of growing interest in agave-based spirits, cocktails are having a mezcal moment. BY LARRY OLMSTED 76 GREATEST HITS A renewed interest in records and turntables has music aficionados dropping the needle. BY ERIN ZILIS 82 UNDERWATER WONDERS Explore the ocean blue, home to an array of extraordinary sea creatures and rare phenomena. BY ASHLEY RYAN 42 56 COCKTAIL STATION Create a festive atmosphere with your very own bar cart. BY ERIN ZILIS


14 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 OCEAN BLUE EXPLORE THE Discover underwater wonders such as extraordinary sea creatures and rare phenomena CONFECTION PERFECTION Cake masters create delicious works of art PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR Uncover the world of alfresco painting (877) 300-3418 SEAISLAND.COM SPRING/SUMMER 2023 SEA ISLAND LIFE SPRING/SUMMER 2023 EXPLORE THE OCEAN BLUE ON PAGE 82 8 WELCOME LETTER 18 SEASONAL FLAVORS: BEYOND THE BOARD Meat and cheese have always been core to charcuterie, but now the options for beautiful boards are limitless. BY ASHLEY RYAN AND DREW MAILLOUX 20 OUTWARD BOUND: TURTLE TIME Sea turtles capture imaginations and inspire conservation efforts. BY MICAELA MYERS 24 LIBATIONS: GIN FOR THE WIN Infused with everything from rose petals to strawberries, this spirit is gaining a new generation of admirers. BY KATIE MCELVEEN 26 SOUTHERN STYLE: TO THE BRIM Sun hats are back and bigger than ever. BY NICOLE LETTS In Every Issue SPRING/SUMMER 2023 CONTENTS 32 GET FIT: THE DINK CRAZE Take a swing at pickleball — the fastest growing sport in America. BY KATIE MCELVEEN 35 IN THE SWING: THE MENTAL GAME OF GOLF Follow these tips to create a game plan and manage your nerves on the course. BY DALE LEATHERMAN 36 FAVORITE THINGS: MEMORIES ON BOARD From paddles to sails, many Sea Island memories are made “on board,” including this perfect wedding cruise on the Sea Island Explorer. BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN 39 HISTORY: NIGHT LIGHT The historic St. Simons Lighthouse offers visitors a glimpse into history. BY DEBRA BOKUR 88 GUIDE: A-TO-Z Events and activities guide. 94 CONNECT: UNFORGETTABLE SUNSETS Check out our favorite spots to catch a Sea Island sunset. 96 NEWS: WHAT’S NEW? From renovations to anniversaries, there’s a lot to celebrate. 98 SEA ISLAND STYLE: RESORT SHOPPING Find the latest looks from your favorite brands, plus sporting gear, gourmet goods and more at our wide variety of resort shops. 100 EXPERIENCE THE BROADMOOR: CELEBRATING SPECIAL OCCASIONS Learn about our sister property, The Broadmoor. 106 THEN AND NOW: 95 YEARS OF HOSPITALITY Sea Island celebrates its 95th anniversary by honoring its dedicated team members. BY MICAELA MYERS 18

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16 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 EDITORIAL AND DESIGN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Micaela Myers CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tracy Powell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Debra Bokur, Sue G. Collins, Terri Evans, Allison Emery, Dale Leatherman, Nicole Letts, Michelle Franzen Martin, Katie McElveen, Larry Olmsted, Jake Poinier, Joe Rada, Ashley Ryan, Lisa Sherrodd, Erin Zilis SALES ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER NATIONAL ACCOUNTS DIRECTOR Carrie Robles [email protected] 305-431-5409 SALES EXECUTIVE Yolanda OHern PRESIDENT & CEO Scott Steilen CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Parra Vaughan MARKETING ANALYSIS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Tyler Forrester BRAND AND CREATIVE MANAGER Drew Mailloux PRODUCTION AND VISUAL ASSETS MANAGER Eliot VanOtteren ©2023 BY FIREBRAND MEDIA LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF THIS PERIODICAL MAY BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM OR BY ANY MEANS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM SEA ISLAND LIFE. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS AND ADVERTISERS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE OWNERSHIP OR MANAGEMENT OF THE MAGAZINE OR SEA ISLAND. TO OUR READERS: Sea Island Life invites you to share with us your reactions to our magazine. Send your correspondence to Editor, Sea Island Life, 900 Glenneyre Street, Ste. B, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or to [email protected]. The magazine accepts freelance contributions; however, unsolicited materials cannot be returned, and Sea Island Life accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to unsolicited materials. ADVERTISERS: For inquiries, please contact Carrie Robles at [email protected]. Sea Island Life, 900 Glenneyre Street, Ste. B, Laguna Beach, CA 92651; 949-715-4100. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steve Zepezauer PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING Scott Sanchez DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Tiffany Thompson CREATIVE & MARKETING DIRECTOR Tracy Powell PRODUCTION MANAGER Tina Leydecker MARKETING SPECIALIST Taryn Metkovich


18 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 Beyond the Board MEAT AND CHEESE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CORE TO CHARCUTERIE, BUT NOW THE OPTIONS FOR BEAUTIFUL BOARDS ARE LIMITLESS. | BY ASHLEY RYAN AND DREW MAILLOUX | SEASONAL FLAVORS Afeast for more than your taste buds, a well-balanced charcuterie board effectively combines food with art to create one aesthetically pleasing display. In recent years, charcuterie boards went well beyond the typical cheese and meat offering to explore new territory with breakfast foods, build-your-own tacos, ‘jar’cuterie and more. While charcuterie still makes for a pretty and popular entertaining option, it started more as a necessity than a luxury. IN THE BEGINNING The concept of using salt to cure and preserve meat, by extracting the moisture, has ancient roots. Well before the invention of refrigeration, cool basements were used to store food. However, it was the French who pioneered “modern” charcuterie in the 15th century, finding that preservation could help to ensure that no food was wasted. While European charcuterie still remains simple, boards in the United States have become increasingly unique. A PERFECT COMBINATION Traditional boards contain an assortment of meats, cheeses and artisan bread often accompanied by olives, fruit and nuts. “Over time, chefs have had the opportunity to put their own touch on charcuterie and play with proteins,” says Armando Gomez, executive sous chef for The Cloister at Sea Island. Gomez oversees Tavola, River Bar & Lounge plus inroom dining at the resort. “For a balanced board, we use the ‘rule of three,’” Gomez states. “Three cheeses, three meats, three breads and three treats.” With no set menu, he aims for variation in both the texture and flavor of the meats. Some of his most popular selections are dry-aged salami, bresaola, pancetta and duck prosciutto plus fresh options like “rillettes” (seasoned meat slow-cooked in fat) or “pâté en croute” (pâté in a pastry crust), often found at River Bar. For cheese, Gomez offers this tip to athome entertainers: “Start your board with a soft cheese, a hard or semi-firm cheese and a ‘unique’ cheese. At Sea Island, we partner with local producers like Sweet Grass Dairy for singular offerings like Thomasville Tomme and Lil’ Moo.” Balance is key. In addition to seasonal fruit, Sea Island creates their own jams, compotes and pickled vegetables. These additions are important because they add a needed acidity to the platter, “that helps cut through the rich cured meats,” Gomez instructs. The sky is the limit when it comes to charcuterie boards, and nothing proved that more than the new creative versions that have taken the internet by storm. You can now find a board for any occasion. ENTERTAINING BOARDS Not only are these eye-catching arrangements showstoppers for at-home entertainers — they are also driving engagement online. From fondue to french fries, social media users are devouring creative takes on the 15th century classic. Here are a few of our favorites and how to achieve them yourself: Don’t Mind If I Fondue: Build your board with small bowls of melted cheese — fontina, Gruyère or gouda are all good options. Decorate the remaining space with a range of fruits and veggies, breads and meats. This is a great option for entertainers who want to get creative without too many limitations, because melted cheese pairs almost perfectly with anything. Impress your cheese-loving friends and family by garnishing your board with mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Pickled Platters: As home-pickling gained popularity in kitchens across the country, it extended far past cucumbers. Build a pickled platter with pickled tomatoes, carrots, beets, string beans, jalapeños or okra. To balance your board, choose fattier meats and creamy, mild cheeses. Pickled foods wake up and cleanse the palate, so this is a great choice that can even work between courses. Butter Board: Butter boards were big in 2022, although their origin seemingly traces back to Chef Joshua McFadden’s 2017 cookbook, “Six Seasons.” Butter boards are an easy execution for any entertainer. Start with a base of softened butter and then add your choice of various toppings such as garlic, herbs, lemon, chives, goat cheese, salt and honey. Serve with an assortment of breads and crackers for dipping. Oh My, French Fry: For friends who are constantly engaged in the “who has the best fries” discussion, look no further. French fry boards are built by layering different types of fries (and tots, if you’re adventurous) with a variety of dipping sauces. Let friends choose between waffle, crinkle-cut and the classic golden arch fries. For sauces, start with sriracha mayo, guacamole-ranch dip and a homemade ketchup. Garnish with a flurry of cilantro and lime wedges, for brightness.

SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 19 Sea Island offers a variety of seasonal charcuterie boards, including the Carpaccio (pictured above) and the Affettati (pictured left). Both boards are available on the dinner menu at Tavola.

20 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 Turtle Time SEA TURTLES CAPTURE IMAGINATIONS AND INSPIRE CONSERVATION EFFORTS. | BY MICAELA MYERS | Sea turtles are captivating. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, they glide slowly and gracefully through the waters or bob near the surface, feeding. They share with us a long lifespan as well as a desire to travel, migrating thousands of miles the world over. Wherever their journeys take them, when it’s time to lay their eggs, they head back to where they themselves were born, decades earlier. STATESIDE SEA TURTLES Unlike tortoises or freshwater turtles, sea turtles cannot retract their head or flippers into their shells. As reptiles, they breathe air, but spend most of their lives in water, mainly coming ashore to nest. Six of the world’s seven sea turtle species are found in U.S. waters: loggerhead, hawksbill, green, leatherback, Kemp’s ridley and olive ridley. Leatherbacks are the largest, weighing up to 2,000 pounds and measuring up to 6 feet in length. All six are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and with advancements in fishing technology and conservation efforts, their numbers are improving. The seventh species, the flatback sea turtle, lives almost exclusively in the sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters of Australia and Papua New Guinea. LOGGING LOGGERHEADS Five U.S. turtle species can be found along Georgia’s coast, but loggerhead sea turtles most frequently nest along the Golden Isles each summer. Weighing 200 to 350 pounds and measuring 2.5 to 3.5 feet, loggerhead sea turtles are named for their large heads and sport brown, reddish brown and yellow coloring. Loggerhead sea turtles can live 70 years or more and, since the early 1990s, their population has continued to rise. Like humans, loggerhead sea turtles go through various stages of development over their long lives. Youngsters spend their first seven to 15 years in the open ocean, before migrating to near-shore coastal areas, where they continue to forage and grow. At around age 30, they migrate to nest in the same beaches where they themselves hatched. OUTWARD BOUND

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22 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 NESTING TIME A female loggerhead will mate and nest every two to three years. In the dark of night, she will slowly make her way up the beach, leaving an army crawl like-pattern in the sand. Finding a spot between the high tide line and dune front, she will use her body and all four flippers to dig as far as possible, creating an egg chamber. “From early May to early August, female loggerhead sea turtles come ashore, dig holes roughly 2 to 3 feet in depth, lay golf-ballsize eggs, cover them with sand and head back to sea,” explains Sea Island Lead Naturalist Haley Watkins. During this nesting season, each female will lay three to five nests about two weeks apart. In 2022, Georgia broke nesting records with over 4,000 nests. Each nest will hold around 100 to 150 eggs. Interestingly, the temperature of the sand determines the sex of the hatchlings, with cooler temperatures producing males and warmer, females. The eggs incubate in the sand for about two months before hatching. “From early July to October, thousands of hatchlings emerge and scramble toward the ocean,” Watkins notes. “Last summer, Sea Island had a record setting year with 144 nests and over 9,500 hatchlings!” Crawling out of the nest, these baby turtles move toward the brightest horizon, ready to begin their world voyages. The Sea Island Nature Center offers many experiences, but its sea turtle programming is, by far, the most popular. “Throughout summer, shortly after sundown, we guide members or guests out on the beach and watch for loggerhead activity during the Sea Turtle Night Walk,” says Sea Island Lead Naturalist Haley Watkins. “A related early morning program, Sea Turtle Dawn Patrol, takes members or guests on golf carts to explore five miles of beach in search of newly laid sea turtle nests or hatchings.” Among the educational aspects of these outings, a very important one is learning how not to disturb the endangered sea turtle species. Avoid flash photography, as it startles turtles and confuses their instinctual patterns. Only carry red-light flashlights, which are provided on Sea Island guided tours; because sea turtles are not sensitive to the color red, they are safe to use. Regular flashlights are too bright and look like the moon to sea turtles, which can lead them in the wrong direction. Don’t get too close and don’t block their way, which includes knocking down any sandcastles you build, filling in holes you dig on the beach, and removing any beach items like chairs and coolers — all of which can hinder the turtles’ journey to and from the ocean. SEA TURTLE WALKS | BY JOE RADA | Nesting loggerheads leave an army crawl like-pattern in the sand. Members and guests look for hatchlings during Sea Turtle Dawn Patrol. Guests and members can learn about coastal ecology at the Sea Island Nature Center.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 25 Not that long ago, gin drinkers looked on with envy as bourbon lovers regaled the array of flavor profiles — caramel, vanilla, toasty hazelnuts — found in their favorite brown spirit. In 1999, that began to change when the venerable Scottish distiller Hendricks created a gin infused with rose petals and cucumber. Though gin traditionalists may have been horrified by the new spirit, other tipplers were delighted with the change, and today distillers are flavoring their gins with Seville oranges and other citrus, thyme, tea, lemongrass, almonds and even seaweed. They’re mixing up the base spirit too, subbing out the usual wheat for rye and hops or, for a gin that thinks it’s whiskey, barrel-aging it. Sea Island embraces these new iterations, welcoming Four-Peel Strawberry Gin, a bright, citrusy gin created with Watershed Distillery. Given this new freedom of flavors to play with, bartenders have jumped on the trend, creating drinks with so much personality that it’s hard for anyone to declare themselves unimpressed. Sea Island Lead Bartender Nic Wallace is himself a gin lover and is thrilled with gin’s new style. “Gin used to be a drink that people either loved or hated,” he comments. “These botanical gins are a really fun tool for creating new cocktails or for giving new life to old ones.” Wallace says that one of his favorite drinks to bridge clients willing to experiment with gin is a cocktail called a 20th Century, which, in addition to gin and other ingredients, offers a hint of cocoa. “It might sound odd, but when made correctly, it’s delicious,” he notes. “It’s a great drink for changing minds about gin.” GIN BEGINNINGS Gin’s characteristic medicinal taste comes courtesy of juniper, which was used as a therapeutic elixir. The first accounts of gin appeared in the 13th century. The Dutch perfected the technique, and gin — which the English shortened from the Dutch word jenever, also spelled genever — began being distilled in England in the 17th century. By 1751, gin had become so popular that the first of eight laws were passed by Parliament to restrict its sale. Given gin’s storied history, it’s not surprising that several gin-based cocktails come with interesting legends. The story goes that gin and tonic aficionados have the British Royal Navy to thank for creating their favorite quaff. Since gin didn’t spoil as quickly as beer — or take up nearly as much space on a ship — it was provisioned for sailors and soldiers, who mixed it with lime (to avoid scurvy), sugar and carbonated water and used the mixture to mask the bitter taste of medicinal quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. Today, carbonated quinine is still called tonic water; like gin, tonic waters have evolved to include essences of lemongrass, bitter orange, marigold and, ironically, juniper. Introduced in September 2022, Sea Island Four-Peel Strawberry Gin blends Watershed Distillery’s award-winning Four-Peel Gin with fresh strawberries to create a bright, off-dry gin that’s free of artificial color or flavor. The gin, which makes a delicious French 75, is only available for pours at Sea Island. It’s the second private label gin between Sea Island and Watershed Distillery from Columbus, Ohio, with the first being the wildly popular Guild Chamomile Gin released in 2019. SEA ISLAND FOUR-PEEL STRAWBERRY GIN BY WATERSHED DISTILLERY FAMOUS ITERATIONS Wallace’s favorite gin drink, the 20th Century, was named for the 20th Century Limited, a luxury express train that ran from New York to Chicago from 1902 until 1967. The train was so well known that the drink named in its honor was created at the Café Royal in London. Then there’s the French 75, which is named for the French 75-millimeter light field gun, a deadly weapon that gave France hope against the Germans during World War I. As news of the war spread in 1915, a French bartender decided to create a specialty WWI-inspired cocktail coined “Soixante-Quinze,” or the Seventy-Five. “Gin has always been versatile,” Wallace offers. “But today, with so many options available, it’s even easier to build a gin-based cocktail that even non-gin enthusiasts will find delicious.” The French 75 (above) features gin and bubbly. The 20th Century gin cocktail (left) offers a hint of cocoa.

26 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 SOUTHERN STYLE Sun hats are making quite the fashion comeback. Whether it’s due to their association with the regal fascinators worn by the royal family or more of a practical desire to be shrouded in shade, women are turning more and more to hats as a statement piece. Southern milliners, such as Sarah Bray West of Sarah Bray Bermuda and Kristin Light of Sissy Light, have had a hand in bringing hats back to the forefront of fashion. Bray is a former fashion editor turned hat designer. Her straw hats with swappable ribbons are woven from sea grass and palm leaf and are punctuated with vintage floral ribbons and made-in-USA grosgrain. “Sun hats have become an everyday outfit essential if you're living a coastal lifestyle,” Bray comments. Her ribbon and sash tie details are designed specifically for seaside style, too. “They secure your hat from flying away in the wind. As an avid sun hat wearer, this is an important detail,” Bray explains. To the Brim SUN HATS ARE BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER. | BY NICOLE LETTS | The Suncrest by Eric Javits is a stylish hybrid of the classic high-crowned fedora and a practical visor. $275 (Sea Island Surf Shop)

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28 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 Light describes her hats as “West Texas meets Palm Beach.” Her signature style was honed in California while she studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Light’s hats are hand woven before she adds a custom twilly scarf for form and function. Influencers are also getting in on the trend, like Florida resident and influencer Sarah Tucker, who inspires her 65 thousand followers to add hats to their wardrobes. “A hat outside of the beach is a bold and classic statement. You’ve definitely got style if you’re wearing a beautiful hat around town,” she says. Just last year, Tucker along with fellow influencers Molly Boyd, Grace Hamlin and Sarah Hunt Hinson partnered with accessories company, Lisi Lerch, to develop the Piper Hat, a straw hat with raffia fringe and an adjustable strap. “Beyond a sun protection aspect, I just love the glamor hats provide,” Tucker comments. Bray says today’s styles will continue to be quintessential and reminiscent of ones we’ve always known. “I think sun hats are as classic as it gets when you live near the coast,” she notes. Whether you a pair a structured one with a flowy dress for date night, toss on a colorful option for cocktails in the garden or go for function with a wide brim for sun-filled afternoon — hats off to chapeaus! Tuckernuck’s exclusive black sash wide-brim sun hat is ideal for relaxing days at the Sea Island Beach Club. $68 ( The Champ visor by Eric Javits is available in two brim widths and features a washable forehead pad. $215 (Sea Island Surf Shop) An edgy monochromatic take on the classic fedora, the Sherman brown hat by Janessa Leone can be worn yearround and is designed for traveling. $250 (Sea Island Surf Shop) The Squishee Halo visor by Eric Javits is lightweight, packable and offers a generous wraparound brim. $295 (Sea Island Surf Shop)

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SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 33 The Dink Craze TAKE A SWING AT PICKLEBALL — THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT IN AMERICA. | BY KATIE MCELVEEN | Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why: It’s so playable, even first-timers can have fun and be competitive, too. “One of the reasons our guests love pickleball so much is that you can play in a group regardless of age, gender and level,” explains Tadd Fujikawa, the head pickleball professional at Sea Island. “There aren’t many sports where you can do that.” He’s not exaggerating: The National Pickleball Championships includes a bracket for players 85 and older. Pickleball’s multi-generational appeal dates back to 1965 when three dads on Bainbridge Island, Washington, wanted to create an outdoor game they could play with their kids. Using the sports equipment they had available — a badminton court, ping-pong paddles and a plastic ball with holes — the trio improvised, pulling rules and equipment from several games and tweaking the resulting game until everyone could not only play, but enjoy it. Thus, pickleball was officially born. Today, with 4.8 million players and counting, it’s become the fastest growing sport in America, with the most growth among players under 24. Celebrities also love it: Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo Dicaprio and George Clooney are devoted picklers. It’s popular with members and guests at Sea Island, too, who often use the game as a way to enjoy an outdoor activity with the entire family. Two stories debate the origin of the sport’s odd name. One is that the game is named for a golden retriever named Pickles who ran away with the ball during those early games whenever he could; the other links it to the term “pickle boat,” which describes the last boat to finish a race, usually crewed by a team thrown together at the last minute. Since pickleball was actually built to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities, rules ensure that sheer power doesn’t necessarily rule the day. One is court size. At just 44 feet long by 20 feet wide, the play area is about half of the size of a regulation tennis court, giving players a sporting chance at running down even well-angled balls. Underhand serves keep players in check, as does a rule against volleying in the “kitchen,” a 7-foot wide space that parallels the net on either side. Players can’t camp out in the kitchen either — after dashing in to scoop up a short ball, they need to scuttle back out immediately to await the next shot. Then there’s the ball itself, a multi-holed plastic sphere that, like a Wiffle ball, just can’t build up the same speed as a tennis or ping-pong ball. “One of the great things about pickleball is that you don’t need to build up a huge skill set to get a rally going,” comments Melissa Zhang, director of communications and content for Pickleball USA. “But there’s also a lot of room for growth. At the elite levels, it’s a real workout.” GET FIT Sea Island pickleball professional Tadd Fujikawa teaches all levels of the sport (above) and is available for lessons on the courts at Retreat Clubhouse (left). HOW TO GET STARTED Though it might seem best to make your first attempt at pickleball with a private lesson, Fujikawa suggests gathering a foursome and learning together. “The rules are intricate, and the scoring is tricky,” he says. “Learning that part at the same time you’re learning to hit the ball will make it come together more easily.” Choosing the right paddle is an important factor. Some materials make it easier to put spin on the ball while others offer a power boost. There are also varying weights, grip sizes and, since the paddle has a flat-face, designs. “Try to play with a variety of paddles before you purchase one,” suggests Fujikawa. “You’ll be surprised how different they are.” PICKLEBALL AT SEA ISLAND In November 2021, the Sea Island Retreat Tennis Center debuted eight dedicated pickleball courts, all of which are lighted for nighttime play. The center offers three clinics — introduction, beginner and intermediate — as well as custom clinics for pre-set foursomes. The new courts make it the perfect place to try the sport or perfect your game if you’re already a devotee.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 35 The Mental Game of Golf FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO CREATE A GAME PLAN AND MANAGE YOUR NERVES ON THE COURSE. | BY DALE LEATHERMAN | Golf is like the golden-haired sirens in Greek mythology who lured sailors with their beauty and singing. Just when you think it’s smooth sailing ahead and that you’re on track for a round to be proud of, you hit a drive out of bounds. Or miss a short putt. Or find yourself mentally drifting before you even load your clubs in the car. Sea Island Golf Performance Center (GPC) Director Craig Allan says, “Golf should be fun, but for some it can be stressful and intimidating. At the GPC, we see preparation as a key to reducing negativity and providing confidence. Our holistic approach allows our world-class team to prepare golfers in all areas, including technique, physical fitness, course management and mental approach. Many golfers focus only on the physical aspects and aren’t able to reach their potential because they fail to realize the importance of mental preparation and course management.” Strategy is an important aspect of preparation, according to Daniel Gray, an elite instructor at the GPC who specializes in creating longterm performance programs for golfers. “One of the ways I help players develop confidence is showing them how to use Google Earth to measure distances, including the width of fairways, elevation from tee to green and green width and length,” he explains. “This gives them a starting point to create a strategy for each hole before they arrive at the course. During practice rounds, they can work realities and conditions into their game plan.” In addition to this game plan, having a pre-shot routine is imperative, according to Dr. Morris “Mo” Pickens, sports psychologist at the GPC. Pickens has counseled top amateurs as well as PGA Tour pros such as Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson on mental preparedness. Whether it’s a round with friends, a member-guest tournament or the U.S. Open, any golfer wants to do his/her best, so an attack of nerves feels much the same. “Nerves are nerves,” Pickens says. “It’s going to happen even to the best players in the world. But being anxious or nervous is never the problem. The problem is not knowing how to deal with nerves.” He points out the difference between social rounds and more serious competition: “During your weekly match with friends, you’re keeping score, but that card doesn’t have to be turned in to anyone. In serious matches, you’re expected to turn in a scorecard that will be posted for everyone to see. Just knowing that makes some people nervous.” When you get nervous or anxious, slow down. “Most people walk too fast, breathe too fast, swing too fast and make decisions too fast,” Pickens notes. “So when nerves are heightened, go back to a predetermined process of thinking. Go back to the known — your pre-shot routine, your checklist before each shot. Don’t start winging it.” Pickens shares that a good mental trick is to “focus on what you want to happen rather than what you don’t. If you think, ‘Don’t hit it in the water,’ then hitting it out of bounds on the other side of the fairway becomes acceptable. If you think, ‘Don’t leave it short,’ then a putt past the hole becomes OK. Your ‘self-talk’ has to be aware of the negative and substitute a positive process, something specific such as aiming at a tree across the water or focusing on the left center of the hole on the putt.” Pickens points out that the irony of golf is that people who are accustomed to focusing on “process” rather than “result” in their work forget to apply the same principles in golf. “Going into surgery, surgeons are not focused on the result (a successful operation) but on the step-bystep process that will deliver a good outcome,” he says. “The best players have good mental choreography — a known and practiced process.” IN THE SWING Dr. Morris “Mo” Pickens helps golfers mentally prepare for each shot.

36 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 FAVORITE THINGS Memories on Board FROM PADDLES TO SAILS, MANY SEA ISLAND MEMORIES ARE MADE “ON BOARD,” INCLUDING THIS PERFECT WEDDING CRUISE. | BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN | Jonathan and Ally Haney will never forget the voyage they and their wedding party took on the 71-foot multilevel Sea Island Explorer. The cruise, held after their wedding ceremony in The Cloister Garden, offered views of a gorgeous sunset and dolphins swimming in the water — a spontaneous moment that seemed almost as if it were planned. “It was the ideal way for everyone to relax in between the ceremony and dinner,” Jonathan says. “Every single person raved about how much fun they had, how pretty it was out on the boat.” The Sea Island Explorer, unveiled in 2018, offers Sea Island members and guests a scenic and elegant way to explore waterways around the resort. The yacht provides an open-air viewing deck and enclosed cabin to enjoy the spectacular views of the rivers and golden marshes. The couple’s new memories of Sea Island were the perfect way to begin life together as husband and wife. When the couple started dating nine months earlier, Jonathan quickly knew that Ally was the woman he wanted to marry — and there was no better place to start the rest of their lives together than at Sea Island, where they had memories both together and individually as children. Favorite memory on board: the couple’s family and friends meeting each other for the first time. “It was the perfect setting for them to have some time together in a perfect, quiet, beautiful and serene setting to get to know each other,” Jonathan says. Favorite bite of the day: mini lobster rolls on the Sea Island Explorer. Favorite memory of waking up the next day: room service on the balcony at The Cloister. “It felt like a dream,” Ally says. “It was the perfect calm morning for just us to reminisce on the best night of our lives.” Favorite gratitude moment: feeling thankful for the planners, staff, photographers, family, friends and pastor who helped them have a perfect wedding. Ally and Jonathan Haney enjoyed a sunset cruise with their guests aboard the Sea Island Explorer. PHOTOS BY KELLI BOYD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 39 Night Light THE HISTORIC ST. SIMONS LIGHTHOUSE OFFERS VISITORS A GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY. | BY DEBRA BOKUR | Falling under the dreamy spell of a lighthouse is almost a given for anyone. Part romance, part mystery — the symbolism of a lighthouse is likely rooted in association not only with the sea, but also with the promise of something resolute offering guidance and protection. Since the early 1800s, seafarers entering the channel waters of the St. Simons Sound have been piloted by the comforting beam that emanates from a lighthouse guarding the waters. A segment of land was originally deeded and designated for a lighthouse in 1804. That original lighthouse, with its keeper appointed in 1810, was made largely of tabby, a mixture of oyster shells, sand, water and lime material often used along the Southern coast in that time period. Today’s lighthouse and attached keeper’s dwelling, completed in 1872, are constructed of the best quality, handmade bricks of the age. The historic lighthouse and its original lens still carry the official designation of “Active Aid to Navigation.” Guided by Orlando Poe, once the U.S. Lighthouse Board’s chief engineer, the design for the ascending, 104foot tower and its interior cast-iron spiral staircase were fashioned with a hollow that separates the interior and exterior walls. This space was created to accommodate a rotational weight system to control the light — a third order Fresnel lens crafted in France with a fixed range of 18 miles, and a flashing range of 23 miles that operates on a 60-second cycle. MOMENT IN TIME Lighthouses, including the St. Simons Lighthouse, replaced earlier warning systems — such as burning pyres set ablaze on nearby hills — meant to alert mariners to coastal dangers, or help identify entrances to primitive ports. By the turn of the 18th century, burgeoning trade routes and sea commerce led to the construction of more sophisticated physical structures. Eventually, automated electric systems negated the need for lightkeepers and made their jobs obsolete. The last resident lightkeeper at St. Simons was David O’Hagan, who occupied the dwelling from 1945 until the automation of the light system in the 1950s. The lighthouse was acquired by the society in 2004, under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, and restored in 2010. The surrounding campus includes a keeper’s dwelling, gazebo and HISTORY GOLDEN ISLES CVB The St. Simons Lighthouse is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia and is open to visitors.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 41 oceanfront lawn, an oil house where kerosene fuel for the light was once stored, and the A.W. Jones Heritage Center. The attached keeper’s dwelling — operated as a museum of coastal history — includes displays of early photographs, interactive exhibits and a variety of artifacts that document the structure’s long history of service. The second floor of the keeper’s dwelling captures a moment from 1907 and has been decorated and outfitted with provisions needed by the lightkeeper and his family before luxuries such as indoor plumbing and electricity were available. MODERN DAY USES Today, the St. Simons Lighthouse is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia. The lighthouse still serves as an active aid to navigation for ships entering St. Simons Sound, casting its beam as far as 23 miles to sea. The historic lighthouse and its lovely seaside setting are a draw for concerts, weddings and other celebrations. Experience the glow yourself during summer’s Little Light Music Concert Series. Four separate musical evenings will take place on Sundays during May, June, July and September. You can also visit the St. Simons Lighthouse, museum and shops Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. (excluding select holidays). The lighthouse is located on the southern end of St. Simons Island at Pier Village. Check for details at The original lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling (above) was rebuilt from 1868 to 1872. Carl Olaf Svendson (below) was the lighthouse keeper from 1907 to 1935. COURTESY OF COASTAL GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY



44 SEA ISLAND LIFE | SPRING/SUMMER 2023 The ingredients for a memorable meal are undeniably what’s on the plate and those sharing the table — however, the plate itself and how the table is set speak to the intentions of the occasion. As much as an artist composes a still life, dinner party hosts and restaurateurs carefully consider the contributions of natural light, fixtures, furnishings and fittings in the space when choosing flatware, dishes, glasses, linens and decor. A beautiful table should speak to all the senses. To the touch, find elegance from high thread count linens or the warmth of a rough-hewn wood residential-style dining table. To the eye, the look should be captivating and inviting, setting the tone for what is yet to come. The sound of perfectly paired flatware against china or ceramic is a prelude, in perfect harmony with the mouthwatering scents of the food that’s about to be served. While what comes out of the kitchen always drives the dining experience, the tablescape is the true amuse-bouche of the meal. HOW THE PROS DO IT The appreciation for well-designed tablescapes has gained traction as diners become more gourmet savvy. “People notice the details and want to know more about the plate itself, in addition to what’s being served on it,” says Morgan Jones-Greenberg, who owns Table One, a boutique business in Atlanta specializing in tabletop decor. China, glass and silverware are her mediums for creativity. Working with chefs and restaurant owners, her team adds on silverware — or gold flatware, as is popular now — glassware, plates, table lighting, coffee service pieces and accessories like salt and pepper shakers. Some are formal, some playful. Each has meaning and intention, layered with practicality. Flower farmer Claire Smith, owner of Out of the Weeds on Johns Island, South Carolina, has a deep connection with all things green. The fruits of her 14-acre sustainable farm are available at local farmers markets. Farmers markets can be the perfect place to pick up fresh blooms for your tablescape. This spring, Smith will be harvesting armloads of vibrant cosmos, which are perfect for centerpieces and in casual vases dotting the home. For this season’s bouquets, she is also excited about foxgloves, snap dragons, delphiniums and flowering herbs. “When creating arrangements, go into the garden and woods,” she advises. “Look for veggie flowers and forage. Trees are budding out — use branches of redbud and snag sticks. You may live where forsythia is blooming — grab your pruning shears and bring it indoors, along with viburnum and dogwood.” For an arrangement, wisteria vines and jasmine make beautiful textured filler. For a centerpiece, use three or four tall statement flowers, like coneflowers, and don’t underestimate the power of the fillers to help tell the story. Use what’s in bloom, including grasses. The love of flowers was passed down to Smith from her grandmother and mother — a passion she enjoys sharing with others. As flowers grace your next tablescape, you can also share that love with your friends and family. FARMERS MARKET FLOWERS A garden-inspired tablescape by designer and author James Farmer EMILY FOLLOWILL PHOTOGRAPHY

SPRING/SUMMER 2023 | SEA ISLAND LIFE 45 Tablescapes should be an indulgent reflection of the host, and when Sea Island Associate Director of Event Design Caroline Grogan sits down with clients to plan special weddings, intimate luncheons, important business dinners and gorgeous galas, she interviews with attention to detail. The property offers a delightful backdrop for any tablescape, so it’s up to her and her event design team to seamlessly translate personalities and dreams. This spring, she is drawn to patterns that feel garden inspired, honoring femininity through texture and details like hemstitched linens and fresh yet familiar colors. Topiaries are perched near ginger jars in green and white or a more traditional blue and white. Table toppers, rather than full table cloths that hang, placemats and runners are layered for a tailored finish, offering a fine hand from high thread count linens. “For spring at Sea Island, we are seeing a more elevated, residential, tailored design, leaning into the feel and look of a crisp starched white shirt,” she says. When creating these looks at home, don’t be afraid of layering patterns and textures if your dining space invites eclectic design. “It’s easy to coordinate if there’s a common style or color tone,” Grogan suggests. “Add texture by looking beyond pattern. Use velvet, rattan, or mix plaid and flowers. These layers only make the design richer.” SEA ISLAND INSPIRATION “We look at finishes, colors, fabrics, window treatment and tones of metal in the space,” she explains. “Chefs may want plain white plates, a canvas for their food. Some are open to a pop of color. Why not play off a special color that translates through the space?” Jones-Greenberg advises. Southern author, interior designer and speaker James Farmer says his grandmother taught him that we eat with our eyes first. His hallmarks are sumptuous fabrics, warm colors, rich traditions, effortless elegance, comfort and harmony. Around the table of his Perry, Georgia, home, his entertaining prowess is built on his ability to create stunning hyperseasonal looks, inspired by nature. Following him around his house before a dinner party, he pushes the doors open to the shady patio where he will set the table, using the dining room table as a buffet. It’s all about freshness, with flowers, fronds, fruits arranged thoughtfully, and heirloom pieces mixing effortlessly with charming kitchen favorites. “The ignition that starts the creativity is always outdoors for me — like bold and perfectly ripe peaches that become the centerpiece and also star on the menu,” explains Farmer. “You can instantaneously work with fabrics, foliage and beautiful materials to set a great table.” Finding your inspiration — whether in nature, in colors or in the food you plan to serve — is the first step in the art of the tablescape. A TABLE OF YOUR OWN Hosting a dinner party at home, menu planning and house cleaning often top the to-do list, but flexing your creative muscle by tending to the table will add layers of joy to the experience. Planning a few days ahead and visiting your local farmers market and a favorite florist for seasonal finds may inspire you. “When entertaining at home, consider all the elements in the room as well as those on the table,” states Jones-Greenberg. “Consider color, composition, shape and texture, as well as symmetry and asymmetry of the arrangement, background, point of view, depth and color.” Find a common thread to run among your elements. The cornflower blue from a beloved china pattern might be echoed in hand-thrown pottery bread and butter plates. The wispy loops on antique crystal goblets could complement the pattern on linen napkins. Chunky napkin rings work with organic pottery chargers and nature-inspired neutrals. Gattle's Fine Linens, a linen store in Naples, Florida, has been providing discerning hosts with fine linens since 1904. “For setting a beautiful table, I always like to have fun with napkin rings. For plain dishes, find napkins that pop with color and pattern. For dishes with patterns, I love to mix the patterns of salad and dinner plates accompanied by an elegant, plain napkin,” states Sabrina Gamble, who manages their northern Michigan location. Use fine linen table runners, placemats and tablecloths, napkins and coasters to set the stage. Place cards and a printed menu are a nice touch. Adjust overhead lights as the sun goes down, and light unscented candles. Buy tea lights in clear cups in bulk and mix and match jars, votive holders and shallow bowls depending on your look. Attending to these tasks with gusto will guarantee charming results. Your guests will remember the meal for the outstanding food and meaningful conversation, but the ambience of your tablescape will create memories that last long after the final toast of the evening. Spring tablescape in The Cloister Garden