Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club



Sea Island: Plantation

Saint Simons Island, GA Private

Overview

Sea Island’s golf courses have a long and rather convoluted history covering nearly 100 years of expansion, reconfiguration and renovations. Through it all, the historic Seaside has been the one that people schedule their visits around, full of holes that skirt Saint Simons Sound, the intracoastal marshes and sandy dunes refurbished by Tom Fazio in the late 1990s. The Plantation course, which started as a combination of one nine designed by Walter Travis in the 1920s and another from Dick Wilson in 1960, and synthesized together by Rees Jones in the 1990s, has typically played second fiddle.

Not so much now. Keying on the original forms and concepts laid out by Travis, the Sea Island-based team of Mark and Davis Love III, along with lead architect Scot Sherman, stripped Plantation in 2019 and rebuilt it as a homage to early Golden Age design with deep coffin bunkers and squared-off plateau greens. The staggered bunkers eat into the broad fairways at intervals to set up zig-zag angles and others have been introduced as dastardly centerline hazards, like the Principals Nose feature on the short, drivable 10th that replaces a long bending par 4 in order to make room for a massive putting course near the resort clubhouse.

Other holes were broken up and recombined to better fit the property’s small footprint and create more sporting half-par holes. There’s even a touch of Pete Dye in the design in the use of bulkheading, small pot bunkers and S-shaped tee-to-green strategies. Guests will still instinctively gravitate toward Seaside and the long water views, but if they skip over Plantation they’ll miss a course jazzing it up on the opposite side of the architectural spectrum, and one of the more interesting designs in the southeast.

About

Holes 18
Length 6687
Slope 133
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1960
Designer Dick Wilson/(R) Rees Jones/(R) Davis Love III, Mark Love

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked 25th, 2021-'22.

Current ranking: 27th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.7527
Character
6.927
Challenge
6.6388
Layout Variety
6.7599
Fun
7.0472
Aesthetics
6.8664
Conditioning
6.9621

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