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Par for the Course: Golfing on Jekyll Island

Program Number: 11981RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 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: $985.00 - 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 on your own — 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; call (912) 635-2368 to reserve clubs.



This program features group instruction.




Date Specific Information

3-22-2015, 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
Participants will stay at the elegant and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island`s only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark.

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 interned 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
   Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  Jekyll Island, GA 5 nights
 Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is Jekyll Island's only 4-star resort and National Historic Landmark. Nestled amid live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this Victorian landmark enjoys a setting of unspoiled natural beauty on Jekyll Island. The island is protected from extensive development by the state of Georgia and has miles of beaches and forest waiting to be explored. Here, millionaires wintered in scenic seclusion for decades, enjoying many amenities and privileges. The club was returned to its original elegance, highlighted by leaded art glass windows, ornate woodwork, and Rumford fireplaces. From its lofty tower to encircling verandas, Victorian charm still permeates the public areas and rooms once occupied by America’s wealthiest families. The Club's guest rooms and suites have been custom-decorated in a style befitting the elegance presumed by the original socialite owners. This historic hotel serves not only as lodging for the program’s participants; it is itself part of the course of study.
  Contact info: 371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527 USA
phone: 855-787-3857 x9126352600
web: www.jekyllclub.com
  Room amenities: iPod Dock Clock Radio, Color 32" LCD Flat Panel TV with Cable and DVD player, Iron / Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, High Speed Wireless Internet Service, Phone with V/M & Data Ports, In Room Safe, Refreshment Center, Coffee Maker
  Facility amenities: Your resort fee provides: bell staff service with your luggage, housekeeping gratuity, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water (2), daily newspaper, use of in-room safe, local phone calls and in-coming faxes, toll free numbers and long distance access charges, high speed wireless Internet services, use of the fitness room, pool towel service (seasonal), beach pavilion chairs & umbrellas (seasonal), complimentary on property parking, and the use of computer station with printer in front desk lobby. Enjoy extraordinary amenities within the Jekyll Island Club Hotel accommodations (some are fee based): room service (7:00am 10:00pm), lending library, day spa and salon, gift shops, bike rentals, concierge services, swimming pool (outdoor), croquet lawn, and complimentary intra-island transportation.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $120- $160 approximately Call the for current price (855) 787-3857.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $120- $160 approximately Call the for current price (855) 787-3857.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar registration will be in Palm Court (next to the hotel lobby) at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program will end at 10:00 a.m. and check-out is at noon. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before. You will be staying at Jekyll Island Club Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license
  Parking availability:
When you arrive on the Island you will be required to pay a $6.00 parking fee. Pay only the $6.00 fee. Should you decide to leave the Island during the week you will have to pay the fee again. Parking at the hotel is free of charge.
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: 912-223-3271
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

Please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Jekyll Island Club Hotel (844) 288-6126; 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:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Please call in advance to verify and reserve seats. Alternate means of transportation available include: Advantage Limo (912) 261-9434; 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:

 

Call for current rates.
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: Jekyll Island Club Hotel (844) 288-6126; 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 By Land 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 5 miles to the Jekyll Island collection station ($6 park entry fee). Proceed over the bridge and take the first left U-turn. This is Riverview Drive and takes you directly to the front of the hotel.
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. Rental clubs are available call (912) 635-2368 to reserve your set.
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: Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, March 22)
   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in
 Dinner: In a private banquet room at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we’ll enjoy a three-course chef’s choice meal including a salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, and water; additional beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be available to give suggestions for excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golf Instruction / 18 Holes of Golf / Evening speaker
(Monday, March 23)

Note: Standing and swinging clubs during morning instruction.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel’s Victorian-era Grand Dining Room, we’ll enjoy an assortment of seasonal fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereals, breakfast meats, potatoes, grits, homemade pastries, toast, bagels, and muffins, and a daily special breakfast entrée, plus coffee, tea, milk, juices, and water.
 Morning: We’ll take a passenger van from the Jekyll Island Golf Club, where we’ll begin our group instruction. Today, our golf pros will cover putting, full swing and set-up fundamentals, along with course management skills.
 Lunch: At McCormick’s Grill, the golf course restaurant, we’ll order from the lunch menu, with a choice of salads and sandwiches plus ice tea, soft drink, or water.
 Afternoon: The group will play 18 holes of golf.
 Dinner: At the Club.
 Evening: A local expert will talk about life on the Island in Antebellum times: what people wore, what they ate, and how they lived their lives. One participant will be chosen to try on Antebellum clothing for a unique look at the history of the island.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Golf instruction / 18 Holes of Golf / Evening speaker
(Tuesday, March 24)

Note: Standing and swinging clubs during morning instruction.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room
 Morning: We’ll hop back into our van for the Golf Club and today’s group instruction. With our golf pros, we’ll work on our short game, i.e. chipping and pitching, along with full swing mechanics.
 Lunch: At McCormick’s Grill.
 Afternoon: The group will play 18 holes of golf.
 Dinner: At the Club.
 Evening: Sea Turtles use the Golden Isles beaches for nesting. Come hear more about this threatened species and how to help them survive.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Golf instruction / Free afternoon and evening
(Wednesday, March 25)

Note: Standing and swinging clubs during morning instruction.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room
 Morning: Our golf instructors will cover bunker shots and drivers/fairway woods.
 Lunch: At McCormick’s Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You might visit the Jekyll Island Historic District, to see how the millionaires enjoyed their winter vacations here. Or take a leisurely walk to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. This is also an ideal time to discover the island’s pristine beaches and nature reserves.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure to enjoy the many opportunities for entertainment, sightseeing, and just relaxing on beautiful Jekyll Island.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Golf instruction / 18 Holes of Golf / Evening speaker
(Thursday, March 26)

Note: Standing and swinging clubs during morning instruction.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room
 Morning: Today’s final lesson will feature video swing analysis. Our instructors will also host a question and answer session covering all we have learned on our program.
 Lunch: Lunch at the golf course restaurant.
 Afternoon: Play 18 holes of golf.
 Dinner: At the Club.
 Evening: An entertaining program will be held.
   
Accommodations: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap-Up / Program Concludes
(Friday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room
 Morning: Our Jekyll Island Trivia presentation will help us remember what makes this unique island so special. We’ll also go behind the scenes to see how the Jekyll Island Club has maintained its standards of luxurious service for over a century. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jekyll Island, GA General Overview
Jekyll Island's Historic District has several specialty 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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