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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 13th
The par 4 at no. 13 delivers the signature moment on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 14th
The 14th hole of the Seaside golf course at Sea Island Resort swings right amid the marsh grasses. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 15th
Bold bunkers frame the approach shot to the par-5 15th green of the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort in Georgia. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Once players drive over a pond, it's a short iron to the 16th green on the Seaside golf course at Sea Island Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 18th
The tough par-4 18th hole on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort could help determine who wins the McGladrey Classic. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 12th
Misses yanked left might find the hazard on the par-3 12th hole of the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort in Georgia. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course
The marshes of the back nine on the Seaside Course at Georgia's Sea Island Resort are simply stunning, especially later in the day. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 3rd
The third hole is the second-longest par 3 on the Seaside golf course at Sea Island Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 4th
It's a long journey around the marsh to reach the fourth green of the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort on the Georgia coast. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 10th
The par-4 10th hole heads toward the water on the Seaside golf course at Sea Island Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sea Island Resort - Seaside golf course - 11th
No. 11 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort kicks off a great stretch of holes. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Sea Island Resort's Seaside golf course -- host of The RSM Classic -- showcases Georgia's scenic coast

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- If you're ranking PGA Tour events by the beauty of the host golf course, The RSM Classic would rate among the top five tournaments every year. There are moments on the back nine of the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort that can almost compare with the picturesque ocean holes of Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Plantation Course at Kapalua on Maui.

The par-70 7,005-yard Seaside explores the coastal marshlands of Saint Simons Sound on the southern tip of a barrier island an hour north of Jacksonville, Fla. Fifteen holes border the marsh, climaxing in the middle of the back nine at nos. 13-16. Seaside will blow you away, figuratively, with its Lowcountry charms, and literally when the wind whips off the Atlantic Ocean.

The front nine by legendary English architects Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison dates to 1929. The back nine in the marsh was originally created by Joe Lee in the 1970s, but Tom Fazio worked his magic during a renovation completed in 1999 that created today's routing, which is ranked among the top 100 public courses in the country. His bold circular bunkers, faithful to Colt and Alison's distinctive style, add a special architectural touch, often flashing up in front of tiny greens.

Caddies are mandatory on Seaside although golfers can ride or walk.

For a memorable day, start by hitting balls on the range at the Golf Performance Center along the water. To finish in style, hang out for food and drinks inside the posh men's locker room of The Lodge. The five-star lifestyle of Sea Island can be addicting.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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