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Par for the Course: Golfing on Jekyll Island

Program Number: 11981RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia
Price starting at: $825.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Golf
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Jekyll Island has bragging rights as Georgia's largest public golf resort. With three 18 hole golf courses—Pine Lakes, Indian Mound and Oleander—Jekyll Island has something for golfers of all ability levels to enjoy. In addition to its spectacular 18 hole courses, Jekyll Island also boasts Great Dunes, the historic nine hole course. Lower your handicap and make your game more enjoyable by letting Jekyll Island's best golf professionals show you ways of improving your putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play.




Highlights

• Each morning, work with Jekyll Island's best golf professionals to improve your putting, chipping, full swing and more.
• Play golf on three afternoons on one of three 18-hole courses — Pines Lakes, Indian Mound and Oleander — and 9-hole course Great Dunes.
• Off the course, learn from local experts about the history and ecology of the island.



Activity Particulars

Standing and swinging clubs during morning instruction. Carts provided for afternoon play. Personal clubs welcome. Rentals available.



This program features group instruction.




Date Specific Information

2-22-2015, 3-22-2015, 4-19-2015, 5-17-2015, 9-13-2015, 10-18-2015

Participants will stay at the elegant and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island`s only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark.



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Jekyll Island

One of Georgia’s southernmost barrier islands, Jekyll Island has a storied past. At the turn of the century, it hosted an exclusive club that attracted the likes of the Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Much of that world is preserved in a historic district near the riverfront. Today, the island is popular for golfing, fishing and kayaking.



Accommodations
Varies by date. Please see Date Specific Information for details.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rob Ellis

Robert Ellis is a PGA Professional in Jekyll Island, Ga. He is the director of golf for Jekyll Island's four courses: Pine Lakes, Indian Mound, Oleander and Great Dunes. Rob has completed the Professional Golfers' Association of America training program. The PGA of America comprises 27,000 men and women professionals with one singular goal in mind - to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you.
 
Spencer Brookman

Spencer Brookman went to James Madison University, where he played on the club golf team. He nterned at Jekyll Island Golf Club during his senior year of college, and graduated with a degree in sports and recreation management. After graduation, he worked at Fredericksburg Country Club before returning to Jekyll Island in the spring of 2011. He is currently a level 1 apprentice with the PGA, working towards earning his Class A membership.
 
Tricia Buie

Tricia Buie makes history come alive through her work with Civil War reenactments and as a living history presenter throughout the Southeast, specializing in the lives of 19th-century women. She is a Coastal Georgia Historian and is a volunteer docent for the Coastal Georgia Historic Lighthouse and Hofwyl Plantation. Tricia and her husband have personally researched and restored 6 historic homes, and they presently reside in a 108 year-old farmhouse.
 
Georgia Graves

Georgia Graves has developed and coordinates teacher training workshops on Georgia's sea turtles, shorebirds, marine mammals and coastal ecology for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of 26 such reserves in North America. Georgia leads nature and history programs and works with Georgia's sea turtle conservation project.
 
Kevin Tuerff

Kevin Tuerff grew up in Laporte, Indiana, and graduated from The San Diego Golf Academy in 2002. He has been in the golf business for 10 years and has worked at a Golf Resort on St. Simon's Island, Ga., a private country club in Charlotte, N.C., and is currently teaching at Jekyll Island Golf Club. He really enjoys getting to know new people and sharing his passion for the game of golf.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn & Suites
  Jekyll Island, GA 5 nights
 Hampton Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Jekyll Island sometimes referred to as "the best kept secret" in the Southeast, offers its own unique and unspoiled natural beauty in a barrier island setting.
  Contact info: 200 South Beachview Dr.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 912-635-3733
web: www.jekyllislandhamptoninn.com
  Room amenities: Featuring cloud nine - the Hampton Inn experience in all guest rooms. Mini fridge with microwave and coffee maker in all rooms. All rooms have 32" flat screen TVs. Outdoor pool and patio. Free US Today in hotel lobby.
  Facility amenities: The brand new Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island is situated beachside with a short stroll to the ocean via a boardwalk The unspoiled beaches line the perimeter of the tiny island paradise. Fitness room, whirlpool and bike rentals available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Approximately $159.00 Reservations need to be made by contacting the hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Approximately $159.00 Reservations need to be made by contacting the hotel directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at hotel. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health form required.
  Parking availability:
Participants must pay a $6.00 per day automobile parking fee when they enter Jekyll Island State Park.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jekyll Island, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Brunswick, GA
  Nearest highway: U.S. Highway 17or Interstate 95
  Nearest airport:  Brunswick Golden Isles Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Jekyll Island, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jekyll Island/Jacksonville, FL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
A2B Transport
phone: 912-233-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $90.00 for two people, $20.00 for each additional person.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113 and MAX Transport 912-634-7749.

 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier $35.00 for one and $5.00 each additional person one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 

Jekyll Island/Brunswick, GA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Island Premier
phone: 912-266-7450
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Island Premier $35.00 for one and $5.00 each additional person one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Prices are approximate; please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo 912-399-5833; Island Transport 912-634-0113; MAX Transport 912-634-7749 and A2B Transport (Commercial Van/Shuttle), 912-223-3271.

 
Driving Directions
  From Exit 29 on I-95 To reach the Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island, when traveling on I-95, take Exit 29 onto Highway 17/82 North for 6 miles to the Jekyll Island Causeway (State Road 520). Proceed on the Causeway East 6 miles to the Jekyll Island collection station ($6 park entry fee). Continue on the Causeway to the Loop. Take the first right on to Beachview Drive. Go down Beachview Drive and travel approximately 1 mile to hotel on left.
Elevation Note: Elevation is just above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Golf clubs, golf balls, golf tees and any comfort items such as hats, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. you consider necessary.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at hotel for registration, room assignment, supper and program orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Orientation of program week.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golf Instruction and18 Holes of Golf
(Monday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Choose from a variety of delicious breakfast items, including freshly made waffles*, hearty oatmeal with toppings*, and enjoy all the juice or coffee you can drink. Muffins, Danish, bagels, yogurt and fruit are always available. Chafered items vary from day to day.
 Morning: Depart for Jekyll Island Golf facility. Instruction begins at 9:00 a.m.with putting and full swing set-up fundamentals. We also cover course management.
 Lunch: Lunch at the golf course restaurant.
 Afternoon: Jekyll Island has been a golf destination since 1898, when Jekyll Island Club members added the first course on the island. Today, Jekyll Island boasts 63 holes of golf on three 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course. The 18 hole courses are Pine Lakes (renovated in 2002), Indian Mound (named after the oyster shell middens left by native peoples), or the popular Oleander (on the grounds of the 34th oldest course in the US. The group will play 18 holes.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Enjoy a lively lecture about colonial dress as the instructor dresses a participant in the appropriate attire for the historical era.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Golf instruction/18Holes of Golf/Lecture
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Participants will work on short game, i.e. chipping and pitching, and full swing mechanics.
 Lunch: Lunch at the golf course restaurant.
 Afternoon: The group will play 18 holes of golf.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Jekyll Ecology
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Golf instruction
(Wednesday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Instructors will cover bunker shots and drivers/fairway woods.
 Lunch: Lunch at the golf course restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the island on your own.
 Dinner: Enjoy your free time exploring Jekyll Island or St Simon's. Dinner on your own.
 Evening: The evening will be free.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Golf instruction/18 Holes of Golf/Lecture
(Thursday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Video swing analysis, using V1 computer software and instuctors will conduct a question and answer session.
 Lunch: Lunch at the golf course restaurant.
 Afternoon: The group will play 18 holes of golf.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: An entertaining program will be held.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Jekyll Trivia.
(Friday, April 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Jekyll Island Trivia.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jekyll Island, GA General Overview
Jekyll Island's Historic District has several speciality shops as well as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the clubhouse for many of America's elite business men. Other areas of interest located near Jekyll Island are St. Simons Island, home to several historic places including Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh Battle site, etc. There are also other interesting islands located near Jekyll Island including Sapelo Island where you will find a plantation once owned by R. J. Reynolds and Cumberland Island home to many wild horses. Other areas of interest near Jekyll Island include Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, an old rice plantation and Brunswick Georgia which has many historic buildings and landmarks as well as several antique shops. Jekyll Island is located approximately one hour south of Historic Savannah Georgia.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Seas of Gold, Seas of Cotton; Christophe Poulain DuBignon of Jekyll Island


Author: Martha Keber




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