Steve Pike Anywhere: Sea Island

Nestled along the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea Island, Georgia is located between Jacksonville and Savannah international airports.

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star resort on the coast of Georgia, here today unveiled its new Golf Performance Center at the Sea Island Golf Club.

The 17,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art technology, six instruction and club fitting bays, a putting studio designed by world-renowned putting instructor Phil Kenyon – who serves as director of putting instruction at Sea Island – a full-service golf club workshop, gym with locker rooms, spacious retail area, and indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces.

“The Golf Performance Center at Sea Island is dedicated to helping players play better and enjoy the game of golf with a holistic, comprehensive approach, regardless of their skill level, from beginning golfers to competitive juniors, touring professionals and everyone in between,” said Brannen Veal, director of golf at Sea Island. “This new facility combines the latest cutting-edge technology with the finest teachers in the country, taking what we provide to an even higher level than before.”

Sea Island, located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis center, Yacht Club, Shooting School, as well as three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic.

The debut of the new Golf Performance Center is the latest addition to a nearly $30 million enhancement program at The Lodge at Sea Island. The new 18-hole Driftwood putting course, designed by Davis and Mark Love, opened in 2018; this past November, The Lodge introduced six new cottages with 14 new sleeping rooms, a new oceanfront pool, pool house, extended practice facility and short game area, each overlooking the Atlantic.

Capping the program is the redesign and renovation of the Plantation Course, which along with the signature Seaside Course, serves as the site of the annual RSM Classic, a PGA Tour event hosted by Sea Island resident Davis Love III. Love Golf Design is overseeing the renovation, which began this past November. The course will reopen ahead of the 2019 RSM Classic this fall.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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