Guide To Attending The RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club

10/07/2019 | by Lighthouse Staff Writer | Area Events

The 10th Annual RSM Classic returns to the Golden Isles November 18-24, 2019. The official PGA Tour event will take place on Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside and Plantation courses, the latter being recently redesigned to a traditional standard by tournament host and chairman Davis Love III and his brother Mark, of Love Golf Design.

Each year, the RSM Classic welcomes a host of professional players, amateurs, and fans to scenic coastal Georgia, raising a significant amount of funds for charitable organizations.

Event Location

100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, GA 31561

The RSM Classic tournament takes place at Sea Island’s Seaside and Plantation courses. A redesign by Tom Fazio, Seaside is a nostalgic classic described by golf legend Bobby Jones as being among the best he ever played. The oceanside course features 18 holes, since the redesign absorbed the previous Marshside nine into Seaside’s original nine. A Par 70, the course measures a little over 6,600 yards. The Plantation course recently opened following the Love brothers’ redesign. Originally created in 1928, Plantation was Sea Island’s first nine-hole golf course. The course renovations are part of a series of Sea Island projects, including a new 17,000 square-foot golf performance center. The Plantation course features 7,058 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

Sea Island, Georgia

Part of the Golden Isles on the southeast Georgia coast, Sea Island is home to five miles of natural beaches, tennis center, Yacht Club, and more – including three championship golf courses: Plantation, Retreat, and Seaside. Sea Island is the location where 2019 PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductee Davis Love III learned to play the game, and he is still an integral part of the sport’s presence on the island. Sea Island golf has been recognized on lists of leading courses in the nation by Golfweek and Golf Magazine, as well as one of the “Top 40 Courses for Women” in Golf Digest.

Beyond golfing, guests are sure to find an assortment of amenities to round out a Sea Island experience, not the least of which are the sights along the shoreline – perfect for some quiet reflection or photography. Enjoy a stop at the spa, salon, or fitness center for a little “me time”, or partake in any number of onsite recreational activities like biking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, tennis, and water sports. There are also an array of guided tours designed to bring visitors closer to the unique and storied history of this charming community and the neighboring islands of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island.

Sea Island dining options run the gamut from fine-dining to beachfront snacks. There’s a flavor to satisfy even the pickiest palate, with a vastly-experienced culinary team providing a collection of traditional and modern concepts to create extraordinary global menus in exquisite environments. Sea Island’s Georgian Room is the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant in Georgia, serving up locally-sourced, crafted cuisine for the most discerning tastes.

Other high-end options include the Colt & Alison steakhouse, authentic Italian at Tavola, panoramic views of the Black Banks River at the River Bar & Lounge brasserie, traditional southern favorites at the Oak Room, and vintage elegance in the Wine Cellars. More casual offerings include seafood at the Beach Club’s Southern Tide, sweet treats at the Wonderland ice cream and soda shop, poolside quick bites at the Snack Shack or Pool House at The Lodge, gastropub fare at Davis Love Grill, and grab-and-go snacks from The Market.


Your ticket price includes parking and transportation from the parking lot to the tournament site. All tournament parking is located at McKinnon/St. Simons Island Airport (map). Shuttles will run each day of competition from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Guests in need of additional assistance will use the airport’s General Parking area where a separate, wheelchair accessible shuttle will provide transportation directly to the Special Needs tent on the tournament grounds. Designated bicycle parking is located near the main entrance of the Sea Island Golf Club.

Schedule Of Events


  • Tournament grounds closed to the general public for player practice
  • Monday BMW Pro-Am Event – Seaside Course


  • Tournament grounds closed to the general public for player practice
  • Wiffle® Ball Classic featuring PGA Tour players and their wives – Frederica Academy Baseball Field, 5:00 PM (FREE to the public)
  • “Meet the Pros” hosted by Rotary Club of St. Simons Island – Mizner Ballroom at The Cloister at Sea Island, 5:00 PM


  • Community Appreciation Day (FREE admission)
  • Gates open at 7:00 AM; Merchandise Tent open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Yamaha Pro-Am Event – Seaside Course and Plantation Course
  • “Youth Golf Zone” featuring PGA Tour players – Driftwood Putting Course, 3:00 PM
  • Charity Putting Challenge featuring PGA Tour players, Special Olympics athletes and Boys and Girls Club participants – Driftwood Putting Course, 4:00 PM


  • Gates open at 9:00 AM; Merchandise Tent open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Round 1 of The RSM Classic – Tee Times TBD


  • Gates open at 9:00 AM; Merchandise Tent open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Round 2 of The RSM Classic – Tee Times TBD


  • Military Appreciation Day
  • Gates open at 9:00 AM; Merchandise Tent open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Round 3 of The RSM Classic – Tee Times TBD
  • Folds of Honor “Million Dollar Challenge” – Open qualifying – Plantation #1, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Finals – Seaside #18 immediately following play
  • RSM Classic Concert Event featuring Cole Swindell – McKinnon/St. Simons Island Airport


  • Gates open at 9:00 AM; Merchandise Tent open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Final Round of The RSM Classic – Tee Times TBD
  • Trophy Presentation on the 18th green of the Seaside Course immediately following completion of play


The RSM Classic draws some of the biggest names in golf to Georgia’s Golden Isles each year, including talented hometown players. The 10th annual event promises to be no different, with pros like Aaron Baddeley, Charles Howell III, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Pat Perez, and D.J. Trahan scheduled to hit the links alongside many other top performers, both old and new.

Spectators are encouraged to refer to the daily Pairings Sheet in the Spectator Guide to find out when and where individual players will be teeing off. The pros will take to the Plantation and Seaside courses on Thursday and Friday (Seaside only on Saturday and Sunday) for threesome rounds, teeing off Hole 1 and Hole 10 on both courses.

Spectators have the choice of selecting one spot on the tournament grounds to observe from as the parade of players pass through or following a selected group around the entire course. For the ultimate experience, consider the Yamaha Pro-Am, taking place Wednesday. This event groups guests with top PGA Tour pros for play on both the Seaside and Plantation courses.


General admission tickets sell for $30 daily, or $100 for the entire week, and can be purchased here. Guests aged 17 years and under are admitted free each day of the event, when accompanied by a paid adult (excluding hospitality areas). Active and retired military servicemen and women with proper ID will free tournament admission, as well as access to the Heroes Outpost hospitality venue located near #9 green.

First responders will also have access to the Heroes Outpost, along with free admission to the tournament grounds for the first responder and a guest. General admission tickets to the RSM Classic Concert Event featuring Cole Swindell are available for $40.



Lighthouse Vacations is happy to welcome guests and participants of the RSM Classic to enjoy island accommodations at their finest. Our experienced staff can help you find the perfect property convenient to tournament events, while getting you familiar with the lay of the land, and anything else you may need for a comfortable stay.

Our vacation rentals provide a fabulous private retreat that will put you near all the action of the game, and in the heart of the scenic beauty of the Golden Isles. Browse rentals available for your event stay! Options range from 1-5 bedrooms, starting at less than $1,000 for the length of the event.

Charitable Affiliation

The RSM Classic is the largest fundraising event for the Davis Love Foundation.To date, The Davis Love Foundation has given more than $13 million to charity, including Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia.

Charity initiatives linked to the RSM Classic include the Birdies Fore Love RSM employees giving challenge and the Friends of the Davis Love Foundation raffle.

Important Details And Policies

Fireworks, laser pointers, coolers, pets, weapons, video cameras, and selfie sticks are not allowed in event locations. It is advisable to check the complete list of prohibited items before arrival to assure hassle-free entry for all guests.

When it comes to items like personal bags, cameras, and chairs, some types are allowed, but there are guidelines regarding size and specifications.

  • Handicap seating is located near 18 green.
  • Visit The Mellow Mushroom Chill Club between 16 green and 17 tee on the Seaside Course, where a $10 donation to the Davis Love Foundation gets you two slices of pizza and beer from Mellow Mushroom. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.
  • Mobile devices must be on silent at all times. Flash may not be used, and live streaming/ real-time coverage is prohibited. Phone calls are allowed only in designated areas.
  • A designated autograph area is located between 9 green and 10 tee on the Seaside Course.