What was once known as an exclusive winter vacation destination for the rich and famous in the 1800s has now turned into an ultimate getaway for the adventure seekers. This 5,700 acres barrier island is home to the sand packed flat beaches where guests can have fun under the sun exploring the island’s great outdoors and vast wilderness. Aside from the array of beaches and hiking trails that features the swaying pines and the moss-draped live oaks; Jekyll Island also serves as the haven for some of the world’s pristine golf courses that make an amazing golf vacation retreat. Among the island’s well-visited greens include the Jekyll Island Golf – Indian Mound Course, the Jekyll Island Golf – Oleander Course, the Jekyll Island Golf – Pine Lakes Course, the Laurel Island Links, the Osprey Cove Golf Club, the Sapelo Hammock Golf Course, and the Jekyll Island Golf – Great Dunes – 9 Hole Course.
Designed by the famous Joe Lee in 1975, the Indian Mound Course of Jekyll Island offers the perfect solitude retreat away from the busy world. This 18-hole golf facility features some of the island’s marshes and most pristine lakes where the strategically placed fairway bunkers run through. Large oyster shell middens believed to be deposited by the aboriginal tribes hundreds of years ago were also located in the area.
The Oleander Course of the Jekyll Island Golf is one of the finest masterpieces of Dick Wilson, a famous golf architect. The layout lies on the ground of what was once the oldest registered course in the United States. Being the local’s favorite, the layout features the numerous doglegs that will surely challenge every golfers even the professionals. The trade winds from the ocean are among the factors that will add up to the challenge.
Set in the undisturbed hammocks and ocean forests, the Pine Lakes Course of the Jekyll Island Golf was an original Dick Wilson masterpiece that was completely renovated by Clyde Johnson, a renowned golf course architect. Johnson added the “Family Friendly” tee boxes to the layout making it as America’s only course that allows even competitions for all ages of golfers.
The Laurel Island Links is a Davis Love III masterpiece that meanders through the breathtaking marsh views, well-bunkered greens, and the tree-lined fairways. This 18-hole layout has been considered as one of Georgia Coast’s finest that provides unmatched level of playability to golfers of all ability levels. Aside from the challenging holes, the layout also features a large driving range, practice sand bunker, and practice putting green.
Incorporating the traditional elements of balance, strategy, variety, and surprise, is what the Osprey Cove Golf Club is all about. From the first tee, all the way to the final hole, golfers can’t help but marvel about the layout’s aesthetic beauty as well as St. Marys River basin’s dramatic landscape. This Mark McCumber masterpiece was also cited among the “Top 100 Modern Courses” by GolfWeek’s Golf & Travel.
The Sapelo Hammock Golf Course is a championship layout that is perfectly nestled in a pristine golf setting that is tucked away on the Sapelo River’s marshes. With the fairways that are defined by century’s old live oaks and the five sets of tees, golfers of all ability levels, including the professionals will have the challenging yet exciting rounds of swinging.
The Jekyll Island Golf – Great Dunes – 9 Hole Course is a Walter Travis creation that was considered as the “Best course money could purchase”. Set in the unique coastal terrain of Georgia that is swept with oats and the natural sand barrier, the layout served as the “rich and famous” golf playground. This layout was also known as a direct descendant of the modern American Ocean Links courses.