The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort invites you to experience golf in the forests and salt marshes of a Golden Isles championship course.

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is located on St. Simons Island, Georgia, one of the “Golden Isles” of the larger chain of Sea Islands. Stretching from Jacksonville to Charleston, the Sea Islands are barrier islands that protect the coastline for much of the southeastern United States. The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort itself has welcomed travelers to the isles since 1935 and it was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 1996. Once a haven for wild dance parties, the resort has since evolved into a world-renowned holiday destinations. The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is filled with a wealth of activities to try, including tennis, horseback riding, and clay pigeon shooting. Guests are invited to play the award-winning King and Prince Golf Course as well, nestled in forests and salt marshes, just south of the Hampton River.

The course was designed in the 1980s by renowned golf architect Joe Lee, who planned 18 holes, par 72, around towering oaks, over dunes, and across lakes and lagoons. Lee was a prolific golf course designer in the latter half of the 20th century and his golf courses can be found throughout the United States and in Colombia, Venezuela, and Portugal. Lee’s course at St. Simons Island opened in 1989. The spot that Lee selected was part of the former site for a historic manor called Hampton Plantation. Originally developed in the 1790s, the plantation was operated by a signer of the Constitution named Pierce Butler Sn. Butler’s family eventually inherited the estate several decades later, selling off the land right before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

The resort course underwent an extensive restoration and renewal project in 2009. That year, the course turned to golf course designer Billy Fuller to restore the course and to enhance Joe Lee's original design. Today, golfers travel along 800-feet of elevated, marsh-traversing cart bridges to experience play on four spectacular holes gently carved from the marsh islands. While these four signature holes highlight play on the King and Prince Golf Course's back nine, the entire 18-hole, Par 72 course combines for an experience that always finds it on golf's "must-play" lists on the Florida to Myrtle Beach circuit. The club’s extraordinary practice facility also includes a 6,500 sq.-ft. mini-verde putting green, a 3000 sq.-ft. mini-verde chipping green, and five target greens. The King and Prince Golf Course is operated by the resort and located on the northern end of St. Simons Island, 12.2 miles from The King and Prince Resort. Guest transportation from the resort to the golf course is available.


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