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. 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.
Jekyll Island Golf – Indian Mound 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.
Jekyll Island Golf – Oleander Course
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.
Jekyll Island Golf – Pine Lakes Course
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.
Osprey Cove Golf Club
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.