The fall is a beautiful time of year in the South and nowhere is this more evident than on Georgia’s historic coast. The barrier marsh islands of Georgia collect many visitors this time of year in anticipation of the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville and no festivity better passes the time before football than some time on the golf course.

Legendary golfer Bobby Jones enjoying the Seaside Course

Top end golf has long been part of the history of Georgia’s Golden Isles, rising with the Rockefellers’ personal retreat on Jekyll Island and moving to the historic Sea Island Golf Club. These courses are well documented in the golf world along with newer masterpieces such as Ocean Forest and Frederica Golf Club.

Don’t forget about the fishing

However, these lavish and often expensive locations are far from the most entertaining experiences on the coast. The recently renovated Brunswick Country Club across the causeway can test the skill of the best ball striker with the many swales and ridges that only Donald Ross could fathom. Meanwhile, personal favorites like Sanctuary Cove just down I-95 and Sapelo Hammock just up the way make for great examples of marshland golf.

Donald Ross’ devilish imagination

Golf and football have long been two favorites of the South and nothing quite contrasts the angst and hostility of a grudge match on the field like the relaxation of 18 holes while on vacation with good friends. Of course, how relaxing can the 18th hole be with a few dollars on the line with a competitive friend? That being the case, at least the 19th hole stories make everything better.