Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside Course)

Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside Course) – Played 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #36, Golf Magazine Public #23
  • Location: 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, Georgia
  • Year: 1928, 1999 (Update)
  • Architect: H.S. Colt & Charles Alison (Original), Tom Fazio (Update)
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddie Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,657 yards, Par 70, 72.6 Rating/139 Slope
  • Green: 6,323 yards, Par 70, 71.1 Rating/135 Slope
  • White: 5,980 yards, Par 70, 69.4 Rating/132 Slope
  • Silver: 5,546 yards, Par 70, 67.4 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 72.3 Rating/136 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 4,978 yards, Par 70, 65.0 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 69.1 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)

The first leg of the Georgia/Florida trip would be in Sea Island to play the host of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic, the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club.  The location also houses the Plantation and Retreat courses.  You will need to stay on the property to get tee times.  I did not stay in the wonderful accommodations, but I managed to get on.  That will be a state secret, but I did get some pictures from their wonderful public relations people to show you what it looks like.  Check out the picture below for a sample of what you get if you stay there.

SIS - LodgeBelow is the men’s locker room.  Pretty fantastic!

SIS - LockerAn earlier photo of the course.

SIS - CLUB 4This is one of the halfway houses with some wonderful vegetation.

SIS - HHI love to learn about history and Sea Island has plenty of it.  This part of our history is not good, but I think it is important to know about.  I will let the signs below speak for me.

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SIS - SIGN 3The plantation house ruins are seen below.

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SIS - SIGN 6After my quick tour of the ruins it was off to the golf.  Below is the expansive driving range.

SIS R-3Here is a chipping green.

SIS R-2And another one.

SIS R-1The wife was taking pictures for this trip and she said you guys needed some action shots.  I’m not so sure, but they made it in on three of the rounds for this trip.

SIS R-7The cool thing about the range is that it sits right next to the water.  See what I mean below.

SIS R-4By on the water, I mean it.

SIS R-6You have to love this bridge.

SIS R-5Another thing my wife loves is animals!  Check these turtles and hermit crabs out.

SIS W-3 SIS W-2 SIS W-1The putting green is quite expansive and sits next to the clubhouse.

SIS P-1

SIS P-2They have wicker baskets like another famous course in the US, Merion.  This is a cool touch.

SIS P-3If you have read my site, you know I love these clocks.  Sea Island didn’t disappoint.

SIS - CLOCKI decided to tip it out and play the blue tees.  Not as long as the pros, but I figured I would see as much golf course as I could.

Funny enough, the starter had lived in a town very close to us and had children that still do.  Small world.  Let’s go!

Hole 1 – 400 yards – Par 4

The opening hole gives you a wide landing area.  The bunker on the right is definitely in play.  A draw works best here.

SIS 1-1Here is a look at the second shot.  The bunker you see is front and left of the green.

SIS 1-2Here is a closer look to show the second shot.

SIS 1-3The green has some mild contouring as seen below.

SIS 1-4Hole 2 – 398 yards – Par 4

There is a little more trouble on this hole than the previous one.  There is water on the right and plenty of trouble left.  Hit it accurately here.

SIS 2-1Here is a look at the second shot.  The big bunker you see fronts the green.

SIS 2-2Here is a little closer look.

SIS 2-3And another angle.

SIS 2-4This higher view shows that this a big green.  There are plenty of runoff areas for chipping.

SIS 2-5The photo below really shows the size of the green.

SIS 2-6Hole 3 – 204 yards – Par 3

This is a long, straightaway par three.  There is some trouble to carry before you get to the green.

SIS 3-1Here is a zoomed-in look.

SIS 3-2The green is large and slopes from left to right.

SIS 3-3Hole 4 – 421 yards – Par 4

This is a longer hole with trouble all down the left side.  Your best line is at the large bunker.  With very little fairway framing you need to focus on picking lines off the tee.

SIS 4-1The second shot plays back to the left over the marsh.  Like the last few holes the green is at the big bunker.

SIS 4-2Here is a closer look.  The conditioning here is first rate.

SIS 4-3Below is a look at the green contouring.

SIS 4-4The shot below shows the sever slope around where this pin is located.

SIS 4-5I told you the wife likes the action shots.  Here is one of me in the greenside bunker.

SIS 4-6Hole 5 – 388 yards – Par 4

Unlike the last few holes the trouble here is only on one side.  You must avoid the water right.  Like many of the other holes the best line is at the big bunker straight off the tee.

SIS 5-1I am noticing a trend of one large bunker guarding the front of the green.  This hole favors a fade from the fairway.

SIS 5-2The green is slightly raised as you can see below.

SIS 5-3Here is another angle of the green.

SIS 5-4Below is a shot of the yardage markers at Seaside.

SIS 5-5Hole 6 – 164 yards – Par 3

This one is similar to the last par three except that it is shorter.  There is still some trouble to clear.

SIS 6-1Below is a closer look.  With this pin you need to take on the bunker to get close.  Distance control is important.

SIS 6-2Another action shot.  This one went a little left 😦

SIS 6-3Below is a look at the green.

SIS 6-4A wider shot shows the contouring of the putting surface.

SIS 6-5Hole 7 – 531 yards – Par 5

The first par five is a doozy.  Most players will not be able to get home in two.  With the water right the best shot shape is a fade.  If you have that shot, aim up the left side and send it!

SIS 7-1Here is a look at the second shot.

SIS 7-2The third shot plays to a large green seen below.

SIS 7-3Here is a side view of the green.

SIS 7-4Hole 8 – 360 yards – Par 4

This hole is shorter than some of the others, but with no less character.  The large bunker on the right pinches in your landing area.  It is in play if you hit driver off the tee.

SIS 8-1Here is a look at the approach.  The green is tucked behind the large bunker on the right, but is set further back.

SIS 8-2You can see that bunker was a fairway bunker and optical illusion.  The green is only surrounded by chipping areas.

SIS 8-3Hole 9 – 410 yards – Par 4

The last hole on the front nine calls for a good drive.  You want to take one up the left side here for the best angle.

SIS 9-1You can see the pond buffeting the green on the right.  The green is another one that is slightly raised.

SIS 9-2Below is a closer look at the green.

SIS 9-3Another look at the other sections of the green shows the great sloping.

SIS 9-4Hole 10 – 399 yards – Par 4

No tricks here on this straight hole.  Bomb one down the middle.

SIS 10-1The approach plays uphill to the green.  You will want to avoid the massive greenside bunker.  You can also see a false front on the left side of the green.

SIS 10-2The is quite a bit of contour on the edges of the greens, but not so much in the middle.  This pin is in a pretty flat spot.

SIS 10-3You can see with me walking to the back of the green how much slope is on this green.

SIS 10-4Hole 11 – 415 yards – Par 4

There is a lot of sand to draw your eye, but focus on the fairway instead.  If you split the two middle bunkers you will be in great shape.

SIS 11-1The second shot plays over more sand to a green that is open in the front.

SIS 11-2Below you can see the unguarded green.

SIS 11-3Hole 12 – 213 yards – Par 3

This hole is another beast.  Luckily, the green is rather large.

SIS 12-1Below you can see the large green I mentioned.  The slope also works everything back to the middle.

SIS 12-2Here is a look at the sloping and rolling fringe areas around the green.

SIS 12-3Here is another angle.

SIS 12-4Hole 13 – 409 yards – Par 4

This hole bends slightly to the left.  The further left you go the longer the carry.  If you can rope a draw starting up the right side you will be in the driver’s seat.

SIS 13-1Here is a little closer look to see the landing area.

SIS 13-2The second shot plays to a raised green fronted by another large bunker.  You really don’t want to go long here.

SIS 13-3When I said raised I definitely meant it.  Here is the view from about 20 yards short of the green.

SIS 13-4Once you get up on the green, below is what you are faced with.

SIS 13-5The shot below shows the slope of the green.  There isn’t as much on this hole as some others, but there is still some movement there.

SIS 13-6Hole 14 – 407 yards – Par 4

This hole sits tight against the water on the left.  The next photo will give you a closer look of what to do.

SIS 14-1The zoomed version below shows the line you need.  Hit your drive at the short tree on the left side of this picture.

SIS 14-2The second shot is seen below.  The green sits at a diagonal to the fairway.

SIS 14-3The green is slightly elevated with the omnipresent chipping areas as seen in the next two photos.

SIS 14-4

SIS 14-5Hole 15 – 545 yards – Par 5

This is a long hole especially when playing into the wind.  You want to keep your drive to the right of the big bunker on the right.  There isn’t too much benefit to going left.

SIS 15-1The second is an awkward layup if you have never played here before.  The distance needs to be precise.  The line is actually best between the trees.

SIS 15-2If you are faced with a longer third shot below is what you will see.  The green is open in the front to accept run-up shots.

SIS 15-3The green is large on this hole.  For those big hitters the large green is welcoming if going for it in two.

SIS 15-4Here is a view from behind the green.

SIS 15-5Below you can see the large bunker that surrounds the left side of the green.  It is deep as you can see from me standing in it.  I am about 5’7″ for reference.

SIS 15-6Hole 16 – 378 yards – Par 4

This is a great looking hole in my opinion.  The marsh runs all down the left side and the landing area is small.  There is some bailout to the right, but if you want to have a shorter shot into the green you will need to take on the left side of the fairway.

SIS 16-1I laid back for safety, but the drawback is the longer approach seen below.

SIS 16-2Below is a closer look.

SIS 16-3The green is more raised than it looks from the fairway.  Anything on this side will most likely not run up on the green due to the upward slope.

SIS 16-4Below is a view from the right of the green.

SIS 16-5Hole 17 – 176 yards – Par 3

This flat par three is no pushover.  Big bunkers are in the front and on the right.  Hit the green if at all possible.

SIS 17-1The closer look shows what you are having to hit into.

SIS 17-2The view below shows the slope just off the green.  These chipping areas are tough with the tight lies.

SIS 17-3Here is another angle.

SIS 17-4This wide shot gives the full effect of the green.

SIS 17-5Hole 18 – 439 yards – Par 4

I almost forgot to show you the hole markers.  See below.

SIS 18-1The final hole provides a stern test.  You need a long and straight drive here to have a manageable approach shot.

SIS 18-2There is a little hill that will kick your ball forward if you catch it.  I was a little ways back and the shot below is what I faced.

SIS 18-3Here is a slightly closer look.

SIS 18-4This green has some slope in it for sure.  You can see it behind me to the left.

SIS 18-5Sea Island’s Seaside course is simply incredible.  It is a stern test from start to finish.  You can also see why many of the tour pros like the course.  I think it favors solid ball strikers since it plays in the wind very often.  There is plenty of history here both good and bad with the plantation side of things.  Overall, the property is beautiful and a wonderful setting for golf.  If you get a chance, go!

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