Beyond award-winning courses, clubfitting and instruction for adults, Sea Island ensures that even kids and teenagers experience world-class golf offerings with schools and camps for various age groups and experience levels. The following programs are ideal for young golfers, whether they play for fun or happen to be PGA TOUR hopefuls.
Elite Junior Golf School: For motivated junior players ages 12 to 18, the Elite Junior Golf School is designed for those with a handicap of 10 or better and trains potential pros in all facets of the game as well as golf fitness and clubfitting. Golf Learning Center instructors include Todd Anderson, director of instruction; Dr. Morris Pickens, sports psychologist and performance specialist; Randy Myers, director of fitness; Mike Shannon, putting instructor; Sea Island Senior Instructors Jared Zak and Mike Cook; as well as Master Clubfitters Craig Allan and Curtis Leggett.
Junior Players Golf Camp: This camp is perfect for players ages 11 to 17 with a handicap of 15 or less. The elite and senior instruction staff help create a well-rounded learning environment for young golfers who practice, play and compete over five days. Instruction covers personal swing development, how to practice and play more efficiently, and how to mentally and physically prepare for competition.
Mini Junior Golf Camp: The goal of this camp for young golfers ages 10 to 14 (with some golf experience) is to instill lifelong fundamentals and passion for the game. Participants will learn in a fun and productive environment with qualified instructors.
Girls Golf Camp: Designed for young female golfers, this camp focuses on fundamentals and providing a positive experience that will last well into teenage years and beyond.
For more information, visit seaislandglc.com or call Jared Zak at 912-638-5119.
Just in time for the seasons of sun and warmer temperatures, Sea Island’s Rainbow Island Water Sports center is now open and offering novel and fun ways to explore Georgia’s coast. Learn to sail, take a kayak tour through the salt marshes guided by a naturalist, paddle at sunset, try SUPY (an exercise that combines yoga and stand-up paddleboarding), or rent some equipment and choose your own adventure. Located on Rainbow Island, the facility is staffed with knowledgeable professionals and certified instructors eager to help people of all experience levels hone their skills and create lasting memories in the marshes, river or ocean. (seaisland.com/outdoor-nature/water-activities)
Sea Island’s newest hotel, The Inn at Sea Island, is now open. A casual, mid-price retreat located on St. Simons Island for those looking to enjoy access to Sea Island amenities, The Inn is just minutes from The Sea Island Golf Club, historic sites, shopping and beaches. Rooms average 400 square feet and feature breezy, coast-inspired décor. In addition to being in close proximity to three championship courses—Seaside, Plantation and Retreat—guests of The Inn enjoy on-site amenities such as complimentary breakfast, a full-service evening bar, a pool and a workout room. Many Sea Island experiences are also available to The Inn’s guests, including dining, spa, fishing, and golf programs and facilities. A golf package is available for guests looking to immerse themselves in the game with services like advanced tee time scheduling, club storage and cleaning, transportation to and from the courses, and access to the famed Men’s Locker Room at The Lodge. (seaisland.com/inn-at-sea-island)
As spring and summer attract beach-goers donning swimsuits, a seasonal wave of sea life makes its way to Sea Island during the warmer months as well. Atlantic tripletail migrate in from the Gulf Stream and feed along the beaches, presenting exciting opportunities for sight fishing for experienced anglers. The waters surrounding Sea Island also host one of the largest concentrations of tarpon on the East Coast during the summer, with the species often staying well into fall months.
In addition, the warmer waters make resident fish even more active, motivating anglers of all skill levels to take advantage of inshore, near-shore and offshore fishing for the chance to catch more than 12 different species that can range anywhere from 1-250 pounds.
Sea Island offers customizable fishing trips all year round. Call 912-638-5145 for information and reservations.
Recently opened in early March, The Market at Sea Island presents a bounty of artisanal foods and unique goods in one convenient location. Whether it’s farm-fresh produce, bourbon peach chutney, classic bread and butter pickles, or high-quality honey, you’re likely to find it in this delicious gathering place. Among the offerings are fish and meat, breads and pastries, wine, specialty cheeses, floral arrangements and even prepared foods that are ready to eat once they are reheated. Produce, eggs and other products from Broadfield, A Sea Island Sporting Club will also be available for purchase at The Market, open every day, at 351 Sea Island Rd., St. Simons Island.
Sea Island Shooting School was one of the first skeet clubs in the United States and remains one of the oldest original buildings on the island. Celebrating 85 years of tradition, the school continues to introduce beginners to the joy and satisfaction found in clay target sports while emphasizing gun safety and proper instruction. The school’s instructors—Jon, Jeff, Jake and Jimmy—have more than 60 years of teaching experience among them and pride themselves on providing the best possible lessons and activities for every skill level. Among the programs offered, the popular Air Rifle Bull’s-eye Hour is for kids ages 6 to 12, Targets for Teens introduces teenagers to equipment, gun safety and technique, and the Annie Oakley Shooting Hour is specially designed for women. Practice sessions are also available by appointment for experienced shooters. Even more shotgun opportunities, including rifle and pistol shooting, await at Broadfield, A Sea Island Sporting Club. (seaisland.com/outdoor-nature/shooting-school)
In 1878, Sidney Lanier was so moved by the beauty of Georgia’s marshes that he immortalized them in a poem titled “The Marshes of Glynn.” To this day, residents and visitors to the area experience that same inspiration, finding new facets to discover upon each excursion into the marshes, onto the beach or through the waves of the Atlantic. Sea Island now offers fun and educational avenues of exploration, including Eco Tours with a naturalist. The tours start with a short presentation of what to expect, then participants are whisked away on the Jeep Train to find out more about Sea Island’s animals, plants and various ecosystems. The tours conclude with shelling on the beach. (seaisland.com/outdoor-nature)
A perfect place for teens ages 15 to 18, the new Waterfront Lounge at the Beach Club offers an indoor break from the summer sun with pool and shuffleboard tables, a smart TV, a drink rail with barstools and couches for hanging out with friends.
Growing up among the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic and spending time as a biologist in the Northwest Territories has enabled National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen to take on some of the most inhospitable places on the planet, often working in sub-zero temperatures, suspended in freezing water. The combination of skill, knowledge and passion have allowed him to capture rare and intimate moments with elusive creatures like polar, spirit and grizzly bears, leopard seals and emperor penguins.
Join Nicklen for the complimentary event, “Spirit of the Wild,” on June 20 in The Cloister Ballroom. He will share unforgettable images and stories from his travels to the Arctic, Antarctic and forests of North America. Later that evening, drinks and dinner will be served to guests who reserve seats. On June 21, Nicklen will host a special complimentary children’s program titled “Polar Obsession,” in which he will recreate the underwater experience for kids and show them another world of whales, walruses, polar bears, narwhals and more. Call 888-881-7313 for reservations. (seaisland.com/activities/sea-island-events)
As the son of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mount Everest, Peter Hillary has mountaineering running through his veins. He’s completed more than 38 expeditions, including his 1995 bid for K2. In 2008, he successfully reached his goal of climbing the “seven summits”—the highest peaks on each of the world’s continents. In addition to his impressive mountaineering resume, Hillary raises funds for the people of the Mount Everest region in Nepal, providing support for more than 42 schools and medical clinics.
July 25-26 brings a special National Geographic Live! event to Sea Island. On July 25, join Hillary for a complimentary event in The Cloister Ballroom, “Climb Your Own Everest with National Geographic Explorer Peter Hillary,” where he will share stories from his travels. A cocktail reception and dinner will follow in The Cloister Wine Cellar for a limited number of attendees who reserve seats. The following day, Hillary will discuss the triumphs and philanthropy of his father in another complimentary event in The Cloister Ballroom. Call 888-881-7313 for reservations. (seaisland.com/activities/sea-island-events)
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