Billy Fuller Golf Design

The Hampton Club on St. Simons Island has reopened with a new name as well as a new look. Rick Mattox, the club’s long time head professional, says the re-opening “was spectacular. Everyone is raving about the conditions.”

Billy Fuller Golf Design handled the renovation, which included enlarging and reshaping the tee boxes, reshaping some of the fairway landing areas, and most notably, redesigning many of the bunkers and restoring the greens complexes that had been gradually altered over the past 20 years.  

Some new grasses have been introduced to the course, with the greens replaced with a new Mini Verde Ultra Dwarf Bermuda.  No new back tees were added, with the King and Prince layout now listed at 6,462 yards from the tips, only three yards of difference from its original total. However, some new forward tees have been added to make the course friendlier for its female players, with those now measuring 4,929 yards, about 300 yards shorter than previously.

 There is also a fairly significant change in yardage for the blue (formerly white) tees. Holes 9, 10 and 13 have all been significantly lengthened from those tees, with the course now measuring just over 6,200 yards from the blues, an increase of some 200 yards.

Some new fairway bunkers have been added and others re-positioned to reflect the changes in technology since the course opened for play 20 years ago, with some aesthetic improvements to areas bordering the green side ponds on holes 4 and 16 also made.

Since its debut in 1989, the Hampton Club has long been regarded as one of the state’s most unique layouts, especially the four holes on the back nine that were constructed on the marshes at the tip of St. Simons Island and require a cart ride over a series of bridges. The par-5 14th ranks with the most distinctive holes in all of the state, but the natural feel and beauty of the marsh holes has never overwhelmed the appeal of the parkland style holes on what Lee considered one of his finest achievements of the 200-plus courses he designed.

The King and Prince

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Names The King and Prince the top Public course in Georgia