The Seaside Course at Sea Island, No. 16 on GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play.
Pete Fontaine
By Eamon Lynch
Monday, March 19, 2007

We've all emptied our wallets to tee it up at a trophy course only to spend the day hacking up the place like an Irish turf cutter. And there's nothing like a daylong pass on the bogey train to focus your mind on the expensive greens fee. Sea Island Resort in Georgia, long one of the Southeast's premier golf destinations, offers a perfect compromise: eye-opening instruction from the game's top teachers, and three quality courses to gradually test your new swing.

Seaside Course
7,005 yards, par 70
Greens fee: $260 (includes cart and fore caddie)
Architect: Tom Fazio (1999)
Harry Colt and Charles Alison originally designed Sea Island's best course in 1929. This blustery layout is superbly bunkered, with greens tougher to read than a Jackie Collins novel, and is the ultimate test of your new swing.

Plantation Course
7,058 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $210 (includes cart and fore caddie)
Architect: Rees Jones (1998)
If Seaside is a test of determination, Jones' renovation of this Walter Travis original places a premium on accuracy. There are wide fairways, but the tidal creeks, lakes and trees can make a solid round unravel faster than a cheap suit.

Retreat Course
7,106 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $210 (includes cart and fore caddie)
Architect: Davis Love III (2001)
This Love field should be your first stop after swing rehab: it's Sea Island's most forgiving layout, with overly generous fairways and trick-free greens.

CLASS IN SESSION

WHO TO SEE
GOLF Magazine Top 100 teacher Todd Anderson works with many PGA Tour pros, including Davis Love III. He joins mental-game guru Morris Pickens, Ph.D., for a Two-Day Playing School April 20-21. The package includes two hours daily on the range and two hours of on-course instruction. Limited to six students per session.
Cost: $1,390 per person; 800-SEA-ISLAND

\nMike Shannon is the Picasso of putting whose students include Tiger Woods. And what he teaches Tiger is exactly what he will be teaching at his Two-Day Short Game School April 6-7. Prepare to be humbled when Shannon places a board behind the hole, asks you to aim at the cup and then fixes a laser on your putterface. Darren Clarke was just one pro stunned to find his aim missed the board entirely.
Cost: $1,190 per person; 800-SEA-ISLAND

STAY AT...

\nThe Cloister Hotel opened last year and is rivaled only by the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island as the best in the Southeast. Rooms start at $750. Call 800-SEA-ISLAND or visit seaisland.com

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