St. Simons Island golf; it’s what you do on the island!

Back in 1969, golf legend, Davis Love Jr. moved his family to the idyllic setting of St. Simons Island. Love Jr. would go on to become one of the top golf instructors in the country after moving to St. Simons. He called the charming island his home until his death in a 1988 airplane crash.

His son, Davis Love III, or “Uncle Davis,” stayed put as well, becoming the 1997 PGA Championship winner and a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour. For a while, he was the only PGA player on the island – but that started to change in 2002.

Jonathan Byrd moved there, followed by other PGA players like 2007 Masters Tournament champion Zach Johnson and 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover. Harris English, Brian Harman, and Matt Kuchar call the island home too. And there are also part-time residents, like Charles Howell and Brandt Snedeker, who owns a condo there.

Why is this island off the coast of South Georgia so popular with PGA Tour golfers? It’s actually the same reason why so many people come to South Georgia to enjoy playing golf, to begin with. The natural beauty of the region and mild climate make it a pleasant place to be in the summer and winter. First-rate golf courses have also made St. Simons Island the ideal spot for those passionate about the sport.

Whether you’re a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, live there part-time or enjoy regular vacations there, if you love golf, it’s the right place. St. Simons and golfing go together like fine wine and a romantic dinner.

Why Is St. Simons Island So Popular with Golfers?

Did you know that there are more than 189 holes of golf available in St. Simons. The area offers gorgeous year-round weather and a variety of options for golfers. No wonder so many people who love the sport also love being on the Golden Isles.

A.W. “Bill” Jones III appreciated golfing on St. Simons Island. In the 1990s he worked to update and modernize golf opportunities by building new courses and practice facilities. Professionals who wanted a spectacular place to work on their golf game took advantage of all St. Simons had to offer.

The work that Jones did also helped attract nationally-ranked instructors like Todd Anderson, Jack Lumpkin and Mike Shannon to the island.

A growing number of professional golfers who first came to St. Simons to practice decided to stay put and live there. Once you’ve visited St. Simons Island, you’re quick to figure out it’s a stunningly beautiful place and the quality of life here is unbeatable.

St. Simons Island, has a charming small-town feel. Even as it attracts tourists and visitors who love the beaches, nature trails, family-owned restaurants and golf courses there, it retains its quaint feeling.

The island still has a much more casual pace than big cities do, and nobody seems to be in a big hurry on St. Simons. You’re as likely to see people getting around on a bicycle or a golf cart than a car.

Being able to get off the golf course and then enjoy the nature trails and great outdoors here appeals to a lot of people.

That’s a key reason why the best of the PGA Tour competes at The RSM Classic on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island in November. Davis Love III, the 2017 World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee, will be the host.

Why has South Georgia become a Golfer’s Playground?

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The tropical climate alone makes it the ideal place for golfing. And unsurprisingly, St. Simons Island is home to a lot of challenging golf courses set among a natural landscape that includes marshes and oceanside dunes. Historic Oak trees are everywhere.

Tee Times can be guaranteed through the Golf Channel Online, a very convenient way to reserve your spot and take advantage of a significant discount on those leading golf courses.

Some of the popular St. Simons courses include:

  1. The newly restored King and Prince Golf Course, part of the resort of the same name, which has 18 Holes on 6462 yards of championship course renowned for salt marshes and lagoons. It’s also a place where two professional PGA instructors are available for lessons on the driving range.
  2. Frederica Golf Club has 18 holes on 7,217 yards. It’s a world-class golf course with a Golf Learning Center and a 36,000-square-foot Clubhouse that’s become the social hub of the community. It’s a popular place to dine or enjoy a cocktail and is only a short walk to the Adirondack-style which boasts a 400-acre freshwater lake, pool, tennis courts and lakeside fire pit.
  3. Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center is home to a Main Course with 18 holes on 6,477 yards and a West Course with 9 holes on 2,460 yards. Designed by George Cobb and Tom Jackson in 1967, there have also been recent renovations to the main 18-hole course, where bunkers have been rebuilt and native ornamental grasses planted in strategic areas.
  4. Plantation at Sea Island Golf Club, an 18-hole resort golf course that opened in 1928. The Golf Club measures 6687 yards from the longest tees, and a slope rating of 133 and a 73 USGA rating.
  5. Retreat at Sea Island Golf Club, a resort/semi-private golf course that opened in 1974 with 18 holes and was designed by Davis Love III and Joe Lee.
  6. Seaside at Sea Island Golf Club is a resort golf course that opened in 1929 with 18 holes on 6657 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 137 and a 72.

And when you’re not on the golf course, you can head over to the beach, or stop by the Pier Village area to enjoy the great restaurants and antique shops there.


St. Simons Island is truly the ideal place for golf lovers. Once you’re done on the golf course, there’s so much to enjoy here. Visitors enjoy shopping at the antique stores, 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.