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Georgia Coast/Hilton Head/Charleston
Cumberland Island National Seashore—St. Mary’s GA. When English settlers first came to the Georgia coastal region known as the Golden Isles, they discovered a string of barrier islands that stood between the open sea and the mainland. These islands were rich with timber and wildlife and featured towering dunes, freshwater lakes and miles of white beaches. To get a taste of what the early explorers found, board the National Park Service ferry in the quaint burg of St. Mary’s and take the short ride to Cumberland Island, the southernmost of Georgia’s barrier islands. Wild horses that descended from those early exploration parties still roam the island.
Okefenokee Swamp—Folkston, GA. There’s more to Georgia’s coastal region than beaches. The Okefenokee (“land of the trembling earth”) Swamp, less than a half hour off I-95, is one of the most unique ecosystems in the United States. Canoe along still waterways and search for alligators. Take nature walks or simply enjoy the visitor center and learn about the plant and animal life in this beautiful 438,000-acre watershed. For more info, visit www.fws.gov/okefenokee/.
Sea Island Resort www.seaisland.com
Jekyll Island www.jekyllisland.com
Kiawah Island Resort www.kiawahresort.com
Hilton Head www.hiltonhead.com
5 Great Places To Stay
1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Offers several options for accommodations, including luxury villas, beachfront rental homes and the ultra-premium Sanctuary Hotel. Five golf courses are on-site.
2. Sea Island Resort
Guests visiting Sea Island can choose from the outrageous Cloister, the ultrapremium Lodge or a private villa. All accommodations at Sea Island are luxurious, but the Cloister is in a class by itself.
3. The Inn At Harbour Town
Located at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, the Inn features elegantly appointed rooms with custom furnishings and around-the-clock English butler service.
4. The Westin Resort, Hilton Head
Another great option for golfers visiting Hilton Head, the Westin has three championship courses from which to choose.
5. Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Rated among the top 500 resorts in the world, the Club Hotel is as good as it gets.
5 Hidden Gems
1. Cougar Point Golf Club
Everyone thinks of the Ocean Course at Kiawah, but there are five tracks to choose from. This one is a favorite of those in the know. If you’re going to Kiawah, definitely make it your business to play the Cougar.
2. Shadowmoss Plantation
Located on the site of an original Charleston plantation, Shadowmoss features amazing Bermuda fairways and a fantastic natural setting with thick forest and ample water.
3. Bloody Point G.C.
This lesser-known course at Daufuskie Island Resort on Hilton Head is an outstanding Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish design that takes full advantage of coastal scenery.
4. Pine Lakes
Recently redesigned by Clyde Johnson, Pine Lakes is considered by many to be the premier course on Jekyll Island.
5. Sea Island G.C., Plantation Course
Renovated by Rees Jones in 1998, this is a beautiful but challenging parkland design.
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