Sea Island Golf


Our Golf History

Back to the beginning.


Sea Island Company founder Howard Coffin knew that playing golf would be important for his future guests’ enjoyment. In 1926 he purchased Retreat Plantation, a former Sea Island cotton plantation on St. Simons Island, which had been owned and managed before the Civil War by Anna Matilda Page King. After the war, the land was made available by descendants of the King family.

Golf became an integral part of the Sea Island experience early on, with the first nine-hole course, Plantation, opening in June 1928. Coffin had hired Walter Travis, an eminent course designer and British and U.S. Amateur champion, to create it. For several months after its opening, resort guests were accommodated on a nearby floating hotel, the Amphitrite, because The Cloister would not open until October of that year.

Through the decades, a rich golf history has unfolded at Sea Island, with resort guests and some of the game’s finest golfers coming to play. Numerous tournaments have been held here, most notably the RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event hosted by Davis Love III. Today, because of its facilities, exceptional service, and community atmosphere, more than two dozen touring professionals live and/or train at Sea Island. And history continues to be written.

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