To the enjoyment of Sea Island golfers, the resort has installed new tee markers on the Seaside, Plantation and Retreat courses, allowing golfers to play anywhere from 5,000 yards to more than 7,000 yards. For more information on the courses and offerings, visit seaisland.com/golf.
Take your senses on a world tour this summer with Sea Island’s popular Wine and Dinner series. The monthly series includes culinary delights prepared by one of the resort’s renowned chefs, along with expertly paired, regionally themed wines.
The Wine Cellar Dinner on April 21 will feature carefully crafted cuisine from Shane Whiddon, chef de cuisine of Colt & Alison, and sommelier Ryanne Carrier’s selection of Spanish wines. This six-course dinner will showcase the region’s high-quality winemaking methods and philosophy of being nurturers of grapes rather than just producers of wine.
On May 17, The Cloister & Beach Club’s Executive Chef David Carrier, formerly of the famous Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry, will join forces with Sans Liege Winery winemaker/owner Curt Schalchlin, who is best known for creating exceptional handcrafted, small production wines using Rhone Valley varietals from the sun-kissed California coast.
On June 2, join Chef de Cuisine Daniel Zeal and sommelier Jacob Gragg of the Forbes Five-Star Georgian Room for a delectable six-course meal. Discover why Germany, one of the oldest and most respected wine growing regions in the world, is favored by both chefs and sommeliers alike.
Call 888-881-7313 for more information and reservations.
Fourth of July Festivities
Sea Island will celebrate Fourth of July with a week of activities designed to delight the whole family. On the nights of July 2 and 4, meet in The Cloister Ballroom for some rousing rounds of bingo. On July 4 at 10 a.m., revelers in red, white and blue will grab their favorite mode of transportation, with flags waving, and make their way down Sea Island Drive to take part in the Fourth of July Parade at Sea Island. Classic cars, floats, golf carts, appearances by Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam, and plenty of entertainment have made the parade a treasured tradition for 13 years. All (even pets) are welcome! The celebration will continue at noon at the Beach Club, where kids will get a kick out of showing off their most patriotic apparel in the annual children’s swimsuit contest. And when the sun goes down, all will gather at the Beach Club, the perfect vantage point to catch the most anticipated event of the week: the spectacular fireworks display. Craving Southern food? Finish the week off right with a casual feast of comfort food at the Plantation Supper on July 6.
New Pilates Classes
Sea Island added two new classes to its fitness schedule: the barre class and Pilates MVe chair class—two great workouts designed for those who are looking to change up their routine.
Under the expert hand of Marie E. Artman, master Pilates instructor, the Pilates MVe Chair class (55 minutes) is designed to firm, tone and strengthen every muscle in your body. The Pilates MVe Chair class uses Pilates chairs as well as props that make for more challenging movements—and a harder workout. Exercises performed on special equipment strengthen and elongate smaller, weaker muscles not typically used during day-to-day routines. All of these sweat-inducing movements are not in vain, though—your body will thank you with better balance, poise and improved overall mobility.
Additionally, the fast-paced barre class (55 minutes), which blends ballet, dance and mat work, is guaranteed to take your heart rate up a notch or two. Using techniques from famed luminaries Lotte Berk and Zena Rommett, a slim, sculpted body will emerge in no time. (seaisland.com/spa-and-fitness)
Spring is the perfect time to experience Georgia’s backyard, which gets a little livelier as many migrating species of coastal Georgia and the Atlantic return to Sea Island’s salt marsh estuaries and sounds. The migrating songbirds, shorebirds and wading birds, as well as nesting pairs, will be seen throughout the marshes and hammocks surrounding Sea Island. Be on the lookout for species such as the scarlet tanager, one of Georgia’s most colorful summer-nesting birds with its neon red body and black wings (in males); the ruby-throated hummingbird, the state’s only summer-nesting hummingbird; and the purple martin, a type of swallow that is usually the first wanderer to leave during fall migration, and the first to return in spring. Visitors will also start to see the return of underwater creatures, from tripletail on the beaches and mackerel and cobia on the near-shore reefs to tarpon in the sounds and a large variety of in-shore species entering the coastal waters.
Sea Island guests can explore the world without stepping off the island through National Geographic Live! lectures. Past speakers include underwater explorer David Doubilet, underwater photojournalist Brian Skerry, NASA engineer Kobie Boykins and deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard, known for his historic discovery of the RMS Titanic.
On April 5, Donald Johanson—a paleoanthropologist and accomplished scholar who has produced some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in his field—will share what has been learned about our roots from the earliest to most recent fossil findings, and what these studies indicate about our ancestry. Johanson is renowned for his 1974 discovery—a 3.2 million-year-old skeleton he named Lucy, with whom he’s traveled the globe in an educational exhibition—which changed entirely our understanding of the path of Homo sapiens.
Mark Moffett, ecologist, photographer and recipient of The Lowell Thomas Award (the highest honor in exploration), makes a special appearance on July 12, when he’ll speak about the amazing discoveries he’s made in the deepest of subterranean caves and tallest of trees. Audiences interested in learning about new species and their behaviors can expect to be thoroughly entertained.
For more information, visit seaisland.com/activities/sea-island-events.
No place quite captures the majestic beauty of coastal Georgia like the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. Originally designed in 1929 by Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison, a redesign to the course in 1999 by Tom Fazio won this historic course a spot on Golf Digest’s list of Top 100 Courses in the United States.
Starting Nov. 4, the 18-hole course will be home to the annual weeklong PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic. Hosted by 20-time PGA Tour winner Davis Love III, this event is one of the most anticipated golfing events of the year.
The intimate, relaxed ocean-side venue also makes for a unique viewing experience. In addition to being spectators, there will also be opportunities for attendees to play with the pros. Other tournament events include fan contests and promotions, and post-round entertainment. (mcgladreyclassic.com)
Known for serving up creative tennis programming, Sea Island brings the game under the stars this summer. With four lighted Har-Tru fast-dry clay-composition tennis courts, the Tennis Center offers new evening hours this season to enjoy the sport—perfect for those looking to squeeze in a late tennis workout. Spend a warm evening with the Happy Hour Tennis Clinic or arrange match play with a partner under the lights. Those wishing to enhance their skills can book a private lesson with a Sea Island tennis professional instructor during extended court hours. Tennis players and sport enthusiasts of all ages can browse the racks of The Cloister Tennis Retail Shop during its extended evening hours for updated equipment and apparel. (912-638-5168; seaisland.com/tennis-squash)
New at the Beach Club
The Beach Club has even more to offer now that the new outdoor sports court is open and ready for fun. Complete with a seaside basketball half court with regulation hoop and an adjustable goal for younger players, the new facilities host three-versus-three basketball tournaments for teenage guests and members hungry for competition. The new outdoor sports court also features four-square courts and an outdoor pingpong table, adding to the numerous activities already available at the Beach Club for the whole family, including stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, swimming at the pools and dining at Southern Tide.
Faith and Don Walsh returned to Sea Island in 2012 for the first time since their honeymoon in 1947. When the resort staff found out that the couple was celebrating their 65th anniversary, they decided to put some extra special touches on their stay.
Upon arrival at their suite at The Cloister, the couple discovered a corsage of white roses and calla lilies, set alongside a bottle of Champagne. Further exploration revealed a king-sized bed adorned in white rose petals—a different scene than their room in 1947, which, Faith remembers, featured two twin beds, separated by a table. The couple had to move the table and push the beds together each night.
But the surprises didn’t stop there. The couple enjoyed their anniversary dinner at Colt & Alison, where the chef prepared a special dish: a soup that had been served at The Cloister in 1947. For dessert, the couple’s server led them to another table, where their three children—who were supposed to be at home in Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas—awaited them. The kitchen had made a replica of the couple’s 1947 wedding cake, with the help of a family photo, for them all to enjoy.
The couple was so taken with the experience, that Faith wrote a letter to thank the Sea Island staff, saying: “We felt so wrapped in love … that every minute of our two-day visit is a memory we’ll treasure forever.”