Legendary golf architect and gentleman of the game, Joe Lee, designed what was originally known as the Hamlet Country Club course in 1973. The Hamlet was one of the first private clubs in Florida. Golf instruction also began in 1973, when the club opened the first-ever Golf Digest School, staffed by Golf Digest professionals.
The Hamlet Golf Club was purchased and renamed The Seagate Country Club in November 2012. In 2013, it was fully renovated to create a world-class golf facility to complement the award-winning Seagate Hotel & Spa and The Seagate’s private Beach Club. The renovation preserved the original Joe Lee-designed course, while enhancing it with advanced state-of-the-art grasses and technology that weren’t in existence when the course was originally designed. Gene Bates of Bates Golf Design Group led the refresh with consultation from Jeff Sluman, a resident of The Seagate Country Club and touring golf pro with six PGA Tour victories to his name.
The championship 18-hole course features 300 acres with stocked bass ponds and natural wildlife nearby. The greens were replaced with TIF Eagle grass, while the tree-lined fairways and tee boxes were updated with Celebration Bermuda grass.
There are a total of 91 bunkers with new G-Angle manmade sand and enhanced drainage. Cart paths are now lined with coquina shells, and the bulkheads on the water holes have been completely renovated. Improvements were also made to select par 3 holes, and yardage was added to several tees. The careful restoration has modernized the course for enhanced playability, while staying true to the original Joe Lee design.