Reopening for renovated Plantation course at historic Sea Island

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    The Sea Island resort has reopened its Plantation course after a renovation by Love Golf Design

  • Sea Island

    Architect Scot Sherman led the project to update the layout – venue for the PGA Tour RSM Classic

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    The course’s routing and character has been retained

Adam Lawrence
By Adam Lawrence

The Sea Island resort on the coast of Georgia has officially reopened its Plantation course after a year-long renovation project led by Love Golf Design.

David Love III’s firm – with architect Scot Sherman taking the lead designer role has updated the course – the venue for the annual PGA Tour RSM Classic in November – while retaining the routing and character created by its original designers, including Walter Travis, who created the course’s first nine holes back in 1928.

Over the past year, Sea Island has invested US$30+ million to enhance the golf experience, including the addition of the all-new 17,000 square foot Golf Performance Center, six cottages, an 18-hole putting course, a pool and pool house, extended practice facility and short game area, all overlooking the Atlantic. Next month, the resort is adding a new King Cottage, with four bedrooms and its own private hitting bays.

Love Golf Design has been working at Sea Island since the beginning of 2018. The first phase of work included the construction of the Driftwood putting course, which opened in September 2018.

“This was an area of the property between the Plantation course and lodge which was underutilised,” said Sherman. “So, we decided to help Sea Island create the putting course as a way to immerse lodge guests in the golf setting and give them another venue for play. The course sits right on the ocean, so there is no better setting for an evening putting contest with friends or family.”