SEA ISLAND, Ga. | Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star resort on the coast of Georgia, announced plans Tuesday for a $25 million enhancement program at The Lodge at Sea Island, which will include six new cottages, a new state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center, an oceanfront pool and pool house, and a new putting course.

 

Work on these new additions will begin in December and is expected to be complete in November in time for the RSM Classic, a PGA Tour event held annually at Sea Island Golf Club’s Plantation Course. After the next year’s tournament, the Plantation Course will undergo a full renovation in December 2018 under the direction of Love Golf Design, a golf course architectural firm founded by Sea Island’s Davis Love III and his brother Mark.

The six new guest cottages will be built on the western side of The Lodge, with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Five of the cottages will have two bedrooms and a parlor, and one larger cottage will feature four bedrooms and a parlor. Sea Island also will create an oceanfront pool and pool house with double fireplaces, a wrap-around porch, food and beverage service, and indoor and outdoor event space.

The state-of-the-art 17,000 square-foot Golf Performance Center will replace the resort’s existing golf center, widely recognized as one of the finest golf centers in the country. The new Golf Performance Center will feature six instruction and club fitting bays and a putting studio — both with industry-leading technology for teaching and club fitting — a full-service golf club workshop, a gym with locker rooms, spacious retail area and indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces. In addition to the new Golf Performance Center, a new putting course with an expansive, undulating green will be created on the ocean side of The Lodge.

For the Plantation Course renovation, the Loves say they will draw on the history of the course, using classical architectural features and historical hardscape and landscape elements, beginning with Walter Travis’ original 1928 design of the golf club’s first nine holes.

The Plantation Course is expected to reopen in October 2019, ahead of the RSM Classic. During the renovation, the driving range closest to the ocean will also be expanded.

This announcement comes on the heels of the completion of three new guest rooms in The Lodge’s main building, along with an expansion of the Trophy Room, a special event space that includes memorabilia.

Once complete, The Lodge will offer a total of 57 sleeping rooms and 11,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space.