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Sunny Days at the Beach Club


Time travel through our traditions.

Soaking up the sun for over 90 years.


If you are of a certain age, you will understand when we say that the Sea Island Beach Club would have been the favorite day time hangout of Frankie and Annette. However, in the early days, when evening rolled around, men in white dinner jackets (even in the summer) and ladies in dinner attire would dine alfresco and dance by a lighted pool (which was quite novel at the time). The Beach Club was also the home of Sea Island’s July 4 celebration events with the greased pole over the pool and a pie eating contest both being crowd pleasers.

As one long-time Sea Island member eloquently said, “The best Beach Club tradition is that there’s always been one at Sea Island. Swimming, food, shuffleboard, sunshine, shells and sandcastles on the beach, kids and families and fun. The Beach Club is the setting of so many memories and friendships made over the years that to me, it is much more than a building. It’s its own tradition.”

With a cold drink in hand, let’s explore.

Then and Now.

The Beach Club Opens

The first Sea Island beach club structure, The Casino, opened in the summer of 1928. This soon-to-be-popular venue included a pool, dressing rooms and a dance hall. The Casino also hosted bathing beauty contests and pie-eating competitions along with dances and alfresco dining. One tradition that began in the 1930’s was movie night, when you could see the stars on screen for a 50-cent entry price.

A Classic Arrives

The Casino was replaced in 1950 with a new facility that featured a large swimming pool, dining areas, shuffleboard court and much of what is found in today’s Beach Club, including children’s activities overseen by the Junior Staff. It was later expanded with a second pool and indoor gazebo and, in 1989, the first Sea Island Spa was created on the second floor, overlooking the sea.

The Sunny Days Continue

The 1950 Beach Club served members and guests until the day before today’s facilities opened on July 9, 2007. With an oceanfront sports court, water slide, three pool areas, interactive game room, nature center, the Wonderland ice cream and candy store, and Sea Strike & Pub, our new bowling alley, the Beach Club remains a hub of activity at Sea Island. And Southern Tide, with its oceanfront dining, maintains the tradition of alfresco dining – albeit a little more casual than in the past.

From High Dive to Shooting Star.


High dive exhibitions used to be part of the entertainment at the Beach Club. According to Sea Island lore, Fred Missildine was hired as a young man to work at the pool, with one of his duties being to perform from the high diving board to entertain guests. One day he hit the water at a bad angle and damaged an ear drum. He was sent to the Shooting School, then called the Gun Club, to work while he recovered. He had hunted with his dad, and was apparently a good shot. He took to the club and began a decades-long career in shooting, teaching hundreds, if not thousands, of people to shoot. According to his biography, he won 30 national and international skeet shooting contests and was named to the All‐American and Skeet Shooting Team 25 of 26 years. He was inducted into the Skeet Shooters Hall of Fame with a lifetime average of 98.6 out of 100.

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Strikes and Spares in Sight.

The newest Beach Club experience involves six lanes, giant pretzels, and more televisions than you can count. Welcome to Sea Strike & Pub. Comfortable and warm, lively and inviting. And incredibly fun. Forget everything you think you know about bowling alleys and welcome to ours.

Beach Club at Home.

Spotify Playlist

Until you find yourself back at the Beach Club, allow these tunes to transport you to the Island. Reggae, country, and a little blues. We’ve hand-selected each song for your virtual escape.

Beach Club Cocktails

Some of our most popular Instagram posts are colorful cocktails held up to sunny blue skies. Beat the heat with these tasty concoctions. And find plenty of inspiration below.

Sweet Sips up to the Sky!

Gold Brick Sundae

A staple that has been served at the Beach Club for as long as we can remember.

Makes 4 cups

10 ounces milk chocolate
10 ounces dark chocolate
4 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons
4 ounces pecan pieces

1. In a double boiler, melt the milk and dark chocolates together. Whisk in melted butter and remove from heat.

2. Meanwhile, toast pecan pieces until fragrant and dark. Fold nuts into chocolate mixture. When ready to serve, warm and pour over ice cream.

Cedar-Planked Triple Tail

Serve up today's fresh catch in the comfort of your kitchen.

Serves 4

1 side (1–2 pounds) triple tail, grouper, or flounder, left whole or cut into individual fillets
1/2 bunch purple basil, chopped
1/2 bunch rosemary, chopped
1/2 bunch lemon thyme, chopped
Georgia olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Soak 4 cedar planks in water overnight.

2. Start a fire in a smoker or in a fire pit/kettle. (This can also be done on a charcoal grill.) Cook wood down to get a solid bed of coals. Meanwhile, make a marinade by combining the chopped herbs and olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

3. Generously season fish with salt and pepper, and brush with marinade. Place on the soaked cedar planks and transfer to a grill rack in the smoker/fire pit. Cook fish until it reaches 145° internal temperature, 15 to 20 minutes. Let rest.

Memories Made.

Tracy

There’s nothing like a girl’s weekend for 40 somethings and trying to act like a kid again. Such a great place to unwind, have fun, and relax!

Lori

My 2 oldest children, my husband and I came to Sea Island last year for our first time while we were awaiting the arrival of our third baby! I was 29 weeks pregnant and wanted to soak up as much quality time with my 4 year old daughter, 3 year old son and husband before life got even crazier. It was the trip it a lifetime!! We shared so much love and laughter on that trip. The kiddos absolutely loved the beach & swimming in the amazing pools and even having some poolside virgin “cocktails”. It was exactly the perfect trip we imagined. The kids were literally skipping around with pure joy the whole week and I think this photo perfectly reflects their carefree spirit. Thank you for giving us these forever memories! Back with baby 3 ASAP!

Tammy

The entire Sea Island community offers so much for families…from relaxing at the spa, fishing, kids club, bagpipes and s’mores at the golf course, to the amazing collection of restaurants…it is impossible to single out just one memory. However, the family memories made have to top my list. It’s our favorite spot to vacation.

Share your Favorite Beach Club Memory!


Each day can offer a new experience at the Beach Club. Being in the sea breeze is all it takes. A nervous first trip down the water slide. A family outing on a Hobie Cat sailboat. Or simply relaxing poolside with a good book. Are any of these your favorite Sea Island Beach Club memory?

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Help us fill the archives.

The Sea Island archives date back to the 1920s before the Sea Island Company was formed. Items range from old newspaper advertisements to the original plans for the Sea Island Golf Club. One thing missing, however, is photos from the "old" 1950–2007 Beach Club. We often hear of your fond memories of this building and would love to add any photos you have to our collection!

Submit Your Part of History

A look back.

Take a return trip in time as we explore the traditions that make Sea Island so beloved. Historical photos pulled from the archives, magazine articles, nostalgic videos, and more. And create a taste of Sea Island in your home with favorite recipes associated with each tradition.

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