Sea Island: Seaside

Saint Simons Island, GA Private

Overview

The Sea Island resort continues to credit famed British golf architect H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth it was never purely Colt's design. It was the work of Colt's partner, Charles Alison, who traveled to the U.S. and beyond in the 1920s and 30s while Colt remainied in England. But the Seaside Course isn't even Alison's anymore--it is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated Alison's original Seaside nine (today's 10-18) along with a nine (the Marshland Nine) designed in 1974 by Joe Lee, to create a totally new 18- hole course. But in keeping with the resort’s heritage, Fazio styled his new course in the design fashion of Alison, with big clamshell bunkers, smallish putting surfaces and exposed sand dunes off most of the windswept fairways. The Seaside Course has hosted numerous USGA championships and has been a mainstay of the PGA Tour’s early season roster for many years.

About

Holes 18
Length 6657
Slope 137
Facility Type Private
Designer Colt & Alison/(R) Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 155, 2013-'14. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 176.

100 Greatest Public: Ranked since the inaugural edition in 2003. Highest ranking: No. 22, 2005-'06. 2023-'24 ranking: No. 36.

Best in State: Ranked sixth, 2011-'12, 2017-'20. Ranked seventh, 2015-'16, 2021-'24. Ranked eighth, 2013-'14.

Current ranking: Seventh.

Panelists

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

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.1802
Character
7.3698
Challenge
7.17
Layout Variety
7.1588
Fun
7.1618
Aesthetics
7.5044
Conditioning
7.3247

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