Georgia’s Smallest Barrier Island
Jekyll Island, the smallest of Georgia’s barrier islands, has a rich history that reaches back centuries. Four award-winning golf courses, tennis center, wildlife experiences, biking and horseback riding, the 250-acre Historic Landmark District, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, as well as year-round events and activities, make the island a beachfront paradise.
In 1947, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature established Jekyll Island as a State Park and entrusted its care to the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA). Owned by the State of Georgia, Jekyll Island has limited development to just 35 percent of its available land area. This unique aspect of Jekyll Island serves to preserve the critical barrier island ecosystem, and provide guests with a unique escape from the crowds and complications of other beach resort destinations.
With island population of about 1,000, residents of Jekyll Island enjoy scenic natural surroundings and the deep connections of a small-town community.
The Cottages at Jekyll Island, is a new oceanfront residential community, features 123 townhouse style cottages, an oceanfront pool and clubhouse. Sizes range from 1,634-1,776sf, 3 BR/3.5 baths, priced from the mid-$400’s.
In 1924, Jekyll Island became a testing ground for the future of golf when the USGA tested new steel clubs in favor of original hickory shafts; Ball size & density tests were also conducted, all of which changed the game of golf forever. Jekyll Island is now host to Georgia’s largest public golf resort with four breathtaking courses. Each course is a masterpiece with very few man-made obstructions.
Four Amazing Golf Courses
Which course to play first? That will be the question.
Great Dunes Course. Designer Walter “Old Man” Travis put his stamp on Jekyll Island when he constructed Great Dunes in 1926. Travis created the best course money could buy and the first course on the Island.
Pine Lakes Course. Originally built in 1968 and renovated in 2002, Pine Lakes is the Island’s longest golf course. Designer Clyde Johnson incorporate family-friendly tee boxes, making it one of the few courses in the nation that provides even playing ground for both adults and younger players.
Indian Mound Course. Constructed in 1975, by course designer Joe Lee whose signature fairway bunkers are located in precarious locations, is the shortest of Jekyll’s three 18-hole courses.
Oleander Course. Designed by one of the most respected course architects in the game, Dick Wilson, Oleander is known as the most distinct of the Island’s three 18-hole courses. Generally thought of as the most difficult course on Jekyll Island, Oleander served as the host course for the Georgia Open during its four-year Jekyll run.
If you have never been to Jekyll Island, Georgia, now is a great time to go. With four outstanding golf courses to play, an abundance of recreational activities and a variety of amenities including ten miles of white sand beaches, this island is on island you don’t want to miss.