Coastal Georgia's Hampton Club Not to be Missed
I had the good fortune of enjoying a wonderful golf course I’d never before seen on Georgia’s St. Simons Island not long ago. The Hampton Club was once home to Hampton Plantation, an 18th century, antebellum plantation where cotton, indigo and rice dominated. This Joe Lee-designed beauty doesn’t get the attention it should, considering the thousand-pound gorilla of Golden Isles golf is undoubtedly the Sea Island Golf Club, with their triumvirate of great resort courses—Retreat, Plantation, and most notably, Seaside.
But the Hampton Club, located on the northern end of the island, and affiliated with the King and Prince Resort, has myriad charms of its own, not the least of which is a stretch of four holes midway through the inward nine that are cleverly routed through a stunningly beautiful series of golden marshland. Even without this mid-round reverie, the Hampton Club would be well worth a visit. But because the course concludes with such a rousing visual and strategic crescendo, it shouldn’t be missed by any avid player passing through the region. Be sure and visit www.vagabondgolfer.com and click on the sunglass icon to enter a brand-new contest, and perhaps win a cool pair of Rudy Project Sunglasses.
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