St. Simons Island golf courses are world renowned, but St. Simons Island is not just known for it’s golfing. It’s also known for other sports, including football.

When it comes time for a highly anticipated sports event on St. Simons Island, there are two key things to watch.

One is the passion and intensity of the Bulldog pride that’s going to be visibly displayed all over the island – which was the case recently when Georgia fans descended on St. Simons Island ahead of the annual Georgia-Florida football game.

But the other thing to watch out for is what’s happening inside the island’s shops. Those fans tend to bring a lot more than Bulldog pride with them on game day – there’s usually a good amount of disposable income in their pockets as well.

Since more than 10,000 visitors are known to converge on the Golden Isles every year for the Georgia-Florida game, more than $1 million gets spent on the island, which is great news for shops that sell a lot of Georgia Bulldog apparel.

The bottom line is that St. Simons Island is known for its natural beauty, sublime beaches and well-preserved historic sites. The same is true for the island’s abundant seafood restaurants, antique shops and resorts.

But this island has something else going for it – and that’s sports. From football to golf, St. Simons has a long and happy history and relationship with sports fans.

How Does Sports Boost the Local Economy?

St. Simons Island Golf

Visitors come to St. Simons Island for a lot of reasons. Enjoying a relaxing getaway on an island seems like the ideal refuge from the big city. The island also offers the best in shopping and dining options, which is why it continues to be a major draw for a lot of visitors.

And while those who love fishing, boating, deep sea diving, and other outdoor activities, have been coming to the island for decades, St. Simons also has a healthy share of sports fans as well.

And their passion for events like the annual matchup between the University of Georgia and University of Florida has provided a significant boost to the area economically, including getting more patrons in the local shops and restaurants.

Die-hard football fans have been happily invading the Georgia coast for more than 50 years to cheer on their favorite team, and a lot of local businesses respond by offering deals and specials – along with signature events leading up to the big game that can include bands and artists eager to entertain the crowd. And what better location than a place where you can enjoy a walk on the beach during halftime?

In fact, St. Simons’ shops see increased foot traffic well before the game starts, since visitors are known for arriving early, and there’s always a big crowd on game day. The dollars they bring with them get spent on hotels and in restaurants and shops.

And for the younger fans, this may be their introduction to St. Simons Island, the first game they’ve attended a game on the Golden Isles. If they like what they see, chances are they’ll come back with their families in the near future.

And for some, those first impressions could be strong enough that some of them opt to move here later in life. What starts out as an opportunity to celebrate an age-old tradition in the Golden Isles by cheering on the Bulldogs blossoms into a love for the island itself.

But it isn’t just football fans who love coming here. Golf is big business on St. Simons as well.

St. Simons Island Golf

St. Simons Island Golf

If football fans love those Georgia-Florida matchups, the PGA Tour has found a happy home here as well. That may be because so many PGA players call St. Simons home – Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover, Harris English, and Hudson Swafford, among them.

The natural beauty and quaint, charming small town feel of this island provides the picture-perfect setting for St. Simons Island golf.

And with so many tour golfers there’s no surprise that the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic debuted on St. Simons in 2010.

And as an oasis for golfers, St. Simons Island is also known for its award-winning coastal golf courses.

St. Simons Island is home to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on the island’s northern end, with a course designed by renowned architect Joe Lee. The 18-hole, Par 72 course includes salt marsh island holes accessed by 800-feet of elevated cart bridges that bend around towering oaks and run across lakes and lagoons. 

Their practice facility includes a 6,500 square foot mini-verde putting green, a 3,000 square foot mini-verde chipping green, and five target greens.

There’s also the Sea Palms Resort, which offers 27 holes of championship golf on site, designed by George Cobb and Tom Jackson in 1967. Sea Palms also offers private lessons, a practice putting green, short game practice areas and a driving range.

Golf is more than just a major industry on St. Simons Island. It’s also a passion.

Why So Much Sports on One Island?

Running just 18 miles in each direction, St. Simons Island is a great place for anyone who wants to get away from the big city and discover a relaxing paradise where urban pressures and stresses are far away.

That’s a good reason why major sports events find their way here. Outside of the events themselves, the people attending quickly fall in love with the atmosphere this island offers.

The leisurely paced, unpretentious ambiance of St. Simons Island invites you to relax here without hesitation, to find some time to unwind and absorb the beauty of the location. Even if you go to St. Simons Island to attend a major sporting event, you’re going to find it irresistible not to slow down, follow the pace of the locals, and enjoy the friendliness and salty air. There’s Southern hospitality to spare on St. Simons.

The island certainly has proven to be popular with food lovers, since the restaurants offer a delectable combination of unique southern dishes with plenty of fresh seafood that comes right off the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The fresh catch of the day is going to excite you, no matter how seasoned your taste buds may be.

The island is also appealing to visitors who love the great outdoors, from taking part in exciting watersport activities to heading on eco-adventures through the marshlands. There’s so much to love about St. Simons Island that sports fans seem likely to find it the perfect setting for hosting their events.

And for those who do visit the island for the first time during a major game and then quickly fall in love with the place, there are plenty of options for homes they can settle into.


St. Simons Island is truly the ideal place for sports lovers. And when the game’s over, there’s a long list of activities to enjoy here: shopping at the antique stores, enjoying amazing seafood at the local restaurants, and strolling along the beach collecting shells.

The island’s stunning nature preserves will make you feel like you left civilization far behind.

This unbeatable combination keeps attracting people, not only to visit but also to settle down on St. Simons Island. If you’re also considering becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, contact Palmetto Building Group today.

We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available. In many instances, we offer homes with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.

Whatever it is that draws you to live on St. Simons Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting.

Contact us today at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you, but most of all, we’re thrilled to know you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.