Jekyll Island was a renowned vacation destination exclusive to the Jekyll Island Club that was established by the world’s wealthiest families. The place serves as a winter retreat to America’s most elite personalities. But five years after the “exclusive club” was closed, Jekyll Island was then sold and has now remained as the state’s property. With the large restoration projects, miles of beaches, and vast great outdoors, the island is now considered as one of the most well visited places in Georgia. Jekyll Island, home to prestigious golf courses designed by top notch layout designers and architects, has now become a popular golf vacation destination. Among the island’s finest greens are the Indian Mound Course of Jekyll Island Golf, the Oleander Course, the Pine Lakes Course, the Laurel Island Links, the Osprey Golf Club, the Sapelo Hammock Golf Course, and the Great Dunes – 9 Hole Course of Jekyll Island Golf.
The Indian Mound Course was named after the huge oyster shell middens that were deposited by the aboriginal tribes when the place was yet undeveloped. In 1975, John Lee created an 18-hole masterpiece with fairway bunkers at the island’s pristine lakes and marshes away from any obstructive developments. Golfers on all handicap levels can now enjoy the best tee times that are beyond compare.
The Oleander Course of Jekyll Island Golf was a creation of the famous golf architect Dick Wilson. The entire layout stands on the grounds of what was previously the United State’s 34th oldest golf course that was registered. The golf course also features numerous dog legs, the par 4’s and 5’s blended with the ocean’s trade winds. While playing, the golfers can have some of the best ocean views as the layout is situated 300 yards away from the ocean.
The Pine Lakes Course of Jekyll Island Golf is another Dick Wilson creation that meanders through the island’s undisturbed hammocks and ocean forests. In 2002, the course underwent a major renovation made the famous course architect Clyde Johnson who also designed Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Golf Course. During the renovation, Johnson added the “Family Friendly” tee boxes to come up with America’s only course for all ages. The course is also home to the U.S. Kids Golf Jekyll Island Cup.
The island is also home to the 18-hole design masterpiece of Davis Love III – the Laurel Island Links. This scenic golf course features the breathtaking marsh views along with the well bunkered greens and tree-line fairways. It also offers the practice sand bunker, driving range, and the large practice putting green. A pro shop with the finest golf apparels can also be located within the vicinity.
Cited by Golfweek’s Golf and Travel as among the “Top 100 Modern Courses”, the island’s Osprey Cove Golf Club all about variety, strategy, balance, surprise, and aesthetic beauty. The course was designed by Mark McCumber & Associates with holes that will let every golfer marvel at St. Mary’s River basin’s dramatic landscape.
A pristine golf setting that is a “must play” is what the Sapelo Hammock Golf Course is all about. The course features the challenging five sets of tees, the fairways that are defined by the centuries old live oaks, and the breathtaking marsh views. In terms of accessibility, the Sapelo Hammock is just a 30-minute drive away from the island’s known vacation spots.
Set along the coastal waters of Georgia’s beach, the Great Dunes – 9 Hole Course of Jekyll Island Golf was where the “elite Americans” club members used to have the best tee times. Designed by “Old Man” Walter Travis in 1926, the course highlights the alternating difficulty and simplicity of classic golfing. This popular layout is set in a unique coastal terrain swept with oats as well as the coastal dune system’s natural sand barrier.