ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Even with Monday’s finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba there were a surprising number of players and caddies back at work to start the week at Sea Island Resort.
For this year’s event, officials at the RSM Classic added a second course to the rotation, the adjacent Plantation Course, which explained the increased practice as players prepared to play the new layout.
Although the Plantation Course is slightly longer (7,058 yards) than Seaside (7,005 yards), which is the host course and will be used exclusively for the final two rounds, most players agree the new addition will be easier.
The Plantation is a par 72 with two more par 5s than the Seaside Course (par 70), and it’s also not as exposed to the wind, like the breeze that buffeted the area on Monday.
“With a wind like this you won’t feel it over there [the Plantation] and Seaside will be much harder,” said Lucas Glover, who estimated he’s played the Plantation Course at least 100 times.
Glover said he expects the Plantation layout to play about two shots easier than the Seaside, but added that it will be more important, and more difficult, to hit fairways on the Plantation.