ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia – Southeast Georgia’s Golden Isles are loaded with history, majestic live oaks, salt marshes, and outstanding golf resorts. Among those golf resorts is King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort here on St. Simons Island, where guests have access to the King and Prince Golf Course, an outstanding Joe Lee design layout that plays through and around those aforementioned live oaks, salt marshes, as well as lagoons.
A founding member of the Georgia Golf Trail, the course located only a few minutes drive from the resort, which originally opened in 1935 as a seaside dance club. Six years later, the main hotel building opened to the public as the King and Prince Hotel. The resort’s accommodations include ocean front and resort view guest rooms, seaside cabanas, two- and three-bedroom beach villas, and guest houses.
Along with golf, guests can experience a variety of other outdoor activities, ranging from bike rides and paddle boarding, to chartered fishing excursions and sailboat cruises. Kids can spend the day exploring the natural wonders hidden within the miles of winding tidal creeks and rivers through kayak tours on the island, or splash around at one of the five, oceanfront and heated pools on property.
In search of history? The Visitors Lighthouse Trolley tour of St. Simons covers every major historical site with stops, including Fort Frederica, where in 1742 when British forces defeated the Spanish and ensured Georgia’s future – at least for the next few years – as a British colony.
It’s a fun and informative way to spend and hour – or even a few hours – walking the fort’s grounds and getting to know more about a little known (outside of St. Simons Island) Colonial history. The upcoming fall season, with its lower temperatures, make the fort even more appealing.
The King and Prince, with its three dining outlets, two Har-Tru and exercise facility, make an ideal headquarters for exploring St. Simons Island’s past and present.