Those looking to enjoy the outdoors – think hunting, boating and fishing, experiencing falconry, golfing on three championship courses, all in the comfort of a Forbes Five-Star resort – need look no further than Sea Island. Located on the Georgia coast, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination for more than 90 years, appealing to those who relish outdoor activities as well as gracious service and heartfelt Southern hospitality. It is the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for 11 consecutive years and the only U.S. resort to host a G8 Summit.
In addition to five miles of private beach, Beach Club, seven pools, tennis, squash, nine restaurants, and a Forbes Five-Star spa, Sea Island offers almost endless opportunities to spend entire days full of sport. Play golf on Seaside or Plantation, site of the annual PGA TOUR FedEx Cup tournament hosted by Sea Island’s own Davis Love III. Hone your golf game at the new Golf Performance Center, arguably the finest in the world, and one of the reasons that more touring professionals live, train or play at Sea Island than anywhere else. If fishing is your game, full-time guides personalize each experience on customized boats, including the 39’ Contender, for inshore, nearshore and Gulf Stream fishing in a coastal paradise. Another option includes the Sea Island Shooting School which offers a 5-Stand sporting clay field, two skeet ranges, and a trap field along with certified instructors.
Hunters may opt for Broadfield, the nearby, 5,800-acre Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offering quail and continental pheasant hunts and half-day falconry outings through March 31, as well as year-round fishing and a competitive 5-Stand, rifle and pistol range. Broadfield sleeps up to 18 for guests who prefer to stay on site and enjoy southern-style meals prepared by the Broadfield chef.
Set midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, Sea Island enjoys mild year-round temperatures. Its setting – part of one-third of the marsh remaining on the eastern seaboard – provides extensive opportunities to experience and learn about the environment of a coastal barrier island. Nature boat tours, Hawk Walks with a falconer, summertime sea turtle excursions, kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing round out the many ways to be immersed in the outdoors with friends, families, or coworkers.
When the day is done, guests staying at Sea Island may retreat to accommodations at the Forbes Five-Star Cloister or at The Lodge, also a Forbes Five-Star hotel overlooking the Atlantic and nestled between two of Sea Island’s golf courses. The new, 4,200-square-foot King Cottage at The Lodge provides exceptional accommodations for golf buddy groups of up to eight, with expansive living/dining area, four bedrooms, private baths, its own indoor hitting bay, and the option of a private chef. Private cottages, ranging from two to eight bedrooms, many with pools, are also available. Once you experience Sea Island, you will understand why many guests return year after year.