After traveling the world as a part of Golf Digest’s instructional staff, Davis Love Jr. and Jack Lumpkin had the idea to create a permanent site to offer golf instruction year round. Their vision found a home at Sea Island, at the invitation of the Jones family, their plans began to gel. When Love, Jr., lost his life in an airplane crash in late 1988, Davis Love III recalls, “Bill asked me, ‘Who is the best to take us where your Dad wanted to go?’ He didn’t say, ‘Who is the best to replace your Dad?’ I told him Jack Lumpkin was who Dad would want.” In early 1989, Lumpkin arrived at Sea Island.
Among his early tasks, Lumpkin turned his attention and experience to the design for the new range, adjacent to the Golf Performance Center building, which had been designed by Julian Flexer. On September 10, 1991 the Golf Performance Center opened as the state-of-the-art facility that Davis Love, Jr., had envisioned for the club. Penta Love, widow of Davis, Jr., cut the ribbon and hit the first ball.
In 1999, when Tom Fazio renovated the Seaside course, the driving range at the Golf Performance Center got a face lift, with new dirt, sod and drainage improvements. In 2001 the Golf Performance Center was again renovated when The Lodge opened.
The Golf Performance Center at Sea Island brought to life Davis Love, Jr.’s vision, with state-of-the-art facilities that were the first of their kind in America. Truly a signature Sea Island experience, the Center is dedicated to helping players master the art of golf with a holistic, comprehensive approach to the game. Here, players maximize individual performance with the finest facilities, nationally ranked instructors, and renowned staff. The facility has, 300 yards of teeing area, target greens and short game area. Experienced club fitters use the latest launch monitors and club fitting technology available to check equipment specifications. All facilities are beautifully situated along the water, adjacent to the Seaside Course at The Lodge at Sea Island.