An aerial view of Sea Island Resort.
Sea Island Resort
  • Location: Sea Island, GA
  • Rooms: 400
  • Courses: Three
  • Amenities: Golf Performance Center / spa / seven pools / tennis / beach
  • Also good for: Best for Luxury (#3)

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6 things you need to know

  • Best time to go: Fall or spring, with highs in the 70s and low 80s.
  • Daily stay-and-plays start at: $800
  • Golf experience: Seaside Course (Colt and Alison, Fazio), Plantation Course (Travis, Rees Jones, Love) and Retreat Course (Lee, Love).
  • Best non-golf amenity: Seven miles of private beach.
  • While you're there: Fine-tune your game at the all-new, 17,000-square-foot Golf Performance Center.
  • Insider tip: It’s the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for 11 consecutive years. Soak up the experience.
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Travelogue

Davis Love III grew up on Sea Island, one of coastal Georgia’s golf-rich Golden Isles. He and brother Mark, of Love Golf Design, recently completed an 18-hole putting course here, and successfully pitched ownership on a full reno of the 1998 Rees Jones redesign of Plantation. It opens this fall, before co-hosting the RSM Classic. If golf were a stock, Sea Island would be buying. The elegant Lodge recently wrapped a $30 million upgrade, and the new Golf Performance Center is peerlessly high-tech. Instruction has always been a major focus at Sea Island Resort. Little wonder, with resident Tour players including Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Brian Harman and recent winners Keith Mitchell and J.T. Poston.