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    King and Prince Golf club, St. Simons Island, Georgia

    Saturday, the day before changing clocks to "savings" time, I took advantage of an after 12:30 special at The King and Prince club on St. Simons for $55. I do not know if the special changed after the time change. The course would be worth that or even higher greens fees. I was grouped with a couple of guys named Chris and we played the Blue tees at 70.6/137 and 6200 yards.

    It is located at the north end of St. Simons it is nearly 30 minutes to the course once you get onto the island. The holes make their way through some large trees with housing (unobtrusive) and a four hole loop through salt marshes. There is an abundance of lakes and lagoons as well. This mix gives a lot of variety to the holes with no two being alike. Some of the tree lined holes are tight and most of the marsh holes are wide open but require forced carries or force you to choose how much to "bite off." There wasn't a lot of wind but enough to make shots pretty dicey, especially in the "wide-open" holes in the marsh loop.

    Par threes were varied with yardage from 120 to 190 (blue tees.) The toughest was the shortest, #12, since it was in the marsh and wind seemed to be at us. I hit first and it looked really good, right over the flag to the back side of the green where it kicked to the edge of the marsh behind the green. That green was severely sloped toward the tee with marsh close in front as well. The other guys clubbed off me and hit close to the flag only to see their balls roll back to the bottom of the green.

    Par fours were varied, long, short, tight, open, tree lined, marsh lined, into wind, with wind, straight, dog leg left, dog leg right, a couple of blind tee shots, and several where something besides driver may be a better choice. No two holes played the same. Number nine was pretty memorable (our last hole.) It had lots of room to the right off the tee but the drive needed to be beyond the row of trees down the left side which were bordering a lake that lay between the fairway and green. My tee shot was over the tree line but it stayed straight! It turns out the lake cut back into the fairway just enough to catch my tee shot, the ball was a foot into the water. I dropped and hit to four feet but missed the putt for par as it broke just before getting in the cup.

    Par fives were similar to the fours in that there was variety. I seldom think about reaching in two anymore and certainly didn't here. The closest I was off the tee was 235 with pin tucked behind a bunker and water right (waiting to drown my hook). I hit it out to the left (safe) side, happy to make par and have a putt for bird. The most memorable was, I think, #14 in the marsh loop. The tee shot was to a fairway running diagonally R to L away with a row of trees between fairway and marsh left side. I decided how much to "bite off" and hit it perfectly except for one thing, wind was R to L so I just barely got into the trees with a punch out shot for the second shot. The third shot was to a green with water down the right side all the way to the green. I screwed it up but it was a terrific par 5.

    Grass was pretty good for this time of year, it was overseeded and still in decent shape.

    Bunkers were in good shape and I tried a lot of them as I was having trouble figuring distances. It was a case of playing my previous rounds in thirty degree weather and then being sixty degree down there. My irons were long to start with then short as I tried to adjust, leaving lots of balls in the bunkers. Fairway bunkers kept grabbing my tee shots as well.

    As good as the rest of the course is, the greens are the superstars! They were receptive, smooth, and fast. I felt that I was rolling the ball very well and these greens pretty much ate my lunch. With all the slopes, angles, and tiers these greens were very difficult to read speed-wise and also very difficult to read with subtle breaks at the hole. By the end of the round I was at least getting the first putts closer and actually made a putt or two.

    People at the course were super nice, the layout is excellent, course conditions very good, and value was good. When I go back, I will use more irons off the tees and maybe have a better feel for the greens.

    If you find yourself in "The Golden Isles", and like a challenge, The King and Prince just might fill the bill for you.
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    Sounds like a nice way to spend the day!
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    Nice review. I keep trying to get up there to play the K&P but other things keep coming up, or I miss their specials and they want $120 instead of $60. It is on my list for 2013 for sure.
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    I've play there a couple of times and really enjoyed it!
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    Thanks for the review, this is one that I have been eye balling when I road trip to Florida.

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    Great review Lefty!!! Thanks for exposing one of my "happy places" in the world K&P.

    I've stayed at the resort a few times and played this course. They offer some really nice stay & play packages.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryC View Post
    Great review Lefty!!! Thanks for exposing one of my "happy places" in the world K&P.

    I've stayed at the resort a few times and played this course. They offer some really nice stay & play packages.




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    We have gone to the Brunswick area for years but usually stay on Jekyll or out near I-95 but this trip we stayed on St. Simons and it was great at the Ocean Inn and Suites. We loved it. It is a small clean hotel, very nice rooms, directly across the street from the light house. It is easy walking distance to the village with restaurants, bars, shops etc. Ask for a room with a view of the light house, third floor is good. We stayed at the K&P one time when my daughter was playing a tournament down there. It was very nice as well. We will definitely be back to SSI.
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    Twelfth hole, short par 3 surrounded by the marsh. Wind L to R at 20. Tough litle hole!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty78 View Post
    Thirteenth hole, short par 3 surrounded by the marsh. Wind L to R at 20. Tough litle hole!

    I wish we were with ya old friend. I would love to play golf in that neck of the woods.
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    Thanks for posting the picture! I played here in January on my way to Florida and found a steal on golfnow for $15 after using coupon. Course was worth $50 to $60 based on conditions and some entertaining holes. Blemish free greens and some severe green complexes. I liked that it wasn't overly tight off the tee. I had a great experience at K&P and would recommend it.

    9th is a GREAT par 4!
    I respect your opinion with all the different courses that you've played lefty so don't let this come across the wrong way

    But......I thought the 14th was the weakest designed hole on the course. It felt like like the designer ran out of space as it is a tiny par 5. Forced carry over the marsh to a blind, diagonal fairway with a water hazard on the other side. Then if I want to lay up that area is pencil thin which made me feel like I had to go for the green which is surrounded by trouble. It think it would make a better short par 4 with a couple tweaks.

    I wish they would have built another bridge for play traveling to the 16th hole from the 15th rather than driving into play from the 12th.

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    Last time I played that hole I shanked one in the marsh and then stuck my third 2 ft and pin high and made the putt for my bogey. I need to get back over there. During winter that have some really cheap tee times if you look for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by livegolf View Post
    Thanks for posting the picture! I played here in January on my way to Florida and found a steal on golfnow for $15 after using coupon. Course was worth $50 to $60 based on conditions and some entertaining holes. Blemish free greens and some severe green complexes. I liked that it wasn't overly tight off the tee. I had a great experience at K&P and would recommend it.

    9th is a GREAT par 4!
    I respect your opinion with all the different courses that you've played lefty so don't let this come across the wrong way

    But......I thought the 14th was the weakest designed hole on the course. It felt like like the designer ran out of space as it is a tiny par 5. Forced carry over the marsh to a blind, diagonal fairway with a water hazard on the other side. Then if I want to lay up that area is pencil thin which made me feel like I had to go for the green which is surrounded by trouble. It think it would make a better short par 4 with a couple tweaks.

    I wish they would have built another bridge for play traveling to the 16th hole from the 15th rather than driving into play from the 12th.
    I agree on 14, its design is out of kilter with the other holes, that's probably the reason it is the most memorable. Yesterday, I just barely kept from driving through the fairway, then hit the second shot into the back bunker (lucky there with all the other trouble around the green) and saved par. Instead of "most memorable" I should have said most challenging.

    Still an enjoyable course 20 months later, still great greens and good grass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty78 View Post
    Still an enjoyable course 20 months later, still great greens and good grass.

    I agree...love coastal Georgia golf!

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