PGA Tour action will get underway again Thursday morning at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga. This par 70, 7005 yard layout is located on St. Simons Island and was designed in 1928 by Colt and Allison. It was modernized in 1998 by Tom Fazio.
Like most of these older golf courses, Sea Island places a premium on slot selection, being able to scramble and, of course, putting. The entire golf course–including Tees, Fairways, Rough and Greens–are seeded in Bermuda grass with the greens running around 12 on the Stimpmeter. The course is a Links style course and has around 40 bunkers in play to trap the wayward golf shot.
The course record at Sea Island is 62, held by Charles Howell III in the 4th round 2010, and Trevor Immelman, who went low in the 3rd round. Howell finished tied for 6th and Immelman finished alone in 5th place. Your defending Champion is Ben Crane, who fired a -7 under par in the final round to take Webb Simpson to a playoff at -15 under par. Crane won on the second playoff hole to pocket the $700,000 prize money.
The number one handicap hole is the 429 yard par 4 4th hole that plays to a 4.202 average. The finishing hole is a 470 yard par 4 that is the number 4 handicapped hole and plays to a stroke average of 4.087. Players needing birdies need to get them prior to 18, because not many are made.
With time and opportunities running out, there are still some pretty good golfers needing a good finish here if they want to avoid the dreaded Q School to obtain their cards for 2013.