Sea Island resort in Georgia
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Sea Island resort in Georgia
Sea Island offers a laid-back lifestyle mixing luxurious tastes and the scenery of the Georgia coast. Courtesy of Sea Island
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Sea Island resort - The Cloister - Georgian Room
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Sea Island resort - The Cloister - Georgian Room
The Georgian Room at The Cloister is the only five-star restaurant in Georgia. Courtesy of Sea Island Resort
Sea Island resort - Seaside golf course - 13th
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Sea Island resort - Seaside golf course - 13th
The par-4 13th hole delivers the signature moment on the Seaside Course at Sea Island on the Georgia coast. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sea Island Resort - Plantation golf course - 17th
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Sea Island Resort - Plantation golf course - 17th
The 17th hole on the Plantation golf course at Sea Island requires a smart tee shot to avoid the water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sea Island Resort - bagpiper
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Sea Island Resort - bagpiper
A bagpiper plays at dusk every day behind The Lodge at Sea Island Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Golf Performance Center - Sea Island resort
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Golf Performance Center - Sea Island resort
Cutting-edge technology at the Golf Performance Center at Sea Island helps golfers better understand their games. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Lodge at Sea Island - main lobby
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The Lodge at Sea Island - main lobby
If you wander through The Lodge at Sea Island resort, you might hear conversations about anything from swing tips to stock tips. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sea Island resort - Cloister hotel
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Sea Island resort - Cloister hotel
The 175-room Mediterranean-style Cloister is one of two five-star hotels at Sea Island resort. Courtesy of Sea Island
Sea Island resort - Plantation golf course
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Sea Island resort - Plantation golf course
Sea Island's Plantation golf course co-hosts the PGA Tour's RSM Classic each fall. Courtesy of Sea Island
Sea Island Resort - No. 6
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Sea Island Resort - No. 6
Kevin Kisner hits a putt on the sixth hole during the final round at The RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 22, 2015 in Sea Island, Georgia. Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

The RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia showcases one of golf's most beautiful places

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Golf fans have a rooting interest for somebody going low on either the Sea Island's Plantation Course or Seaside Course during the PGA Tour's RSM Classic at Sea Island.

Sea Island is one of the most beautiful places in golf, even in the heart of winter. The back nine of the Seaside Course really showcases the beautiful marshes and bays of the Georgia coast. This is the Lowcountry at its finest.

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. Fifteen holes on the par-70 7,005-yard course border the marsh. Caddies are mandatory on Seaside, although golfers can ride or walk.

Everything else about the Sea Island experience is five star: especially the rooms in the Cloister or the Lodge; and the food in the Georgian Room. The Golf Performance Center along the water offers possibly the best mix of instructors and technology in golf.

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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