The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) has presented the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club the 2015 Jemsek Award for golf course excellence.
Located on at the southern tip of Saint Simons Island just off the southeast Georgia coast, the Seaside Course was designed in 1929 by architects Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison and updated in 1999 by Tom Fazio. Seaside is the host venue for the PGA TOUR’s McGladrey Classic, and has hosted numerous USGA events.
Seaside features tidal creeks, dunes, salt marshes and gently rippling fairways against a backdrop of St. Simons Sound. It stretches 6,657 yards (par-70) and typically plays fast and firm, demanding shot-making excellence in the tradition of Scottish golf links.
The Jemsek Award, which honors the world’s top golf courses, is named for the late Joe Jemsek, an American golfer who entered golf as a caddie, became a golf professional, and later owned and operated several public golf clubs in Chicago and south of Atlanta in Newnan, GA.