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RSM Classic Unveiled: Betting Tips and Course Insights for Sea Island Golf Course in Georgia

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The RSM Classic, formerly known as the McGladrey Classic, debuted in October 2010 and has been played solely at the Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia.

The Seaside Course is the headline course but in 2015 the Plantation Course entered the rotation. Those teeing-it-up at the RSM Classic will play the Plantation Course on either the Thursday or Friday. After the cut the field will be reduced to 70 players (+ties) and they will play the Seaside Course over the weekend.

RSM Classic Betting Tips: Navigating the Challenges

As golf bettors and fantasy golf enthusiasts gear up for the RSM Classic, it’s time to delve into the intricacies of the Sea Island Golf Courses in Georgia and uncover valuable insights that can shape your betting strategy.

The RSM Classic presents a unique set of challenges, and understanding the dynamics of the Sea Island Golf Courses is crucial for making informed betting decisions. Our comprehensive approach involves dissecting historical results, analyzing current player form, and studying the course setup to identify key performance statistics.

Our stats analysis for the RSM Classic focuses on the unique characteristics of Sea Island Golf Course. Is accuracy off the tee the key, or does success hinge on short game prowess, or both? By examining past winners and correlating their performance with specific attributes, we pinpoint the crucial statistics that could predict success at this tournament.

Course Overview: Sea Island Golf Course, Georgia

Plantation Course:

The Plantation Course was designed by Walter Travis and opened for play in 1928. The layout was extensively renovated by Rees Jones in 1998. He referred to the course as a “parkland by the sea” for its magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and its lush natural scenery.

The Plantation Course unfolds among a forest of oak and cedar, with danger lurking for the wayward in its tidal creeks and lakes. The fairways are wide and the 10th wanders along the Saint Simons Sound before turning inland. It is a scenic introduction to a solid back nine that finishes at a risk-reward Par 5.

From the championship tees the Par 72 classical layout can stretch to 7,060 yards. The redesign combined the best of parkland features with the windswept beauty of a links course. The strategic nature of the design is evident at the 12th hole. The hole plays through trees to a well bunkered green with the Atlantic Ocean as a back-drop.

Top 10 all-time shots from the RSM Classic

Sea Island Golf Course:

Situated in the picturesque landscape of Georgia, Sea Island Golf Course provides a stunning backdrop for the RSM Classic. This par-70 course, known for its challenging layout, demands a strategic approach from players. With a mix of narrow fairways, strategically placed hazards, and undulating greens, mastering this course requires precision and adaptability.

The Seaside Course is the host course and was originally designed in 1929 by Harry Colt and Charles Alison. The course was updated in 1999 by Tom Fazio and plays firm and fast in the tradition of Scottish links. The layout places a premium on careful shot selection, scrambling and putting.

Located right on the southern tip of St. Simons Island this sea-side links style course is susceptible to windy conditions. At a little over 7,000 yards length is not important and the fairways are relatively easy to find. The green complexes are large for a Par 70 layout.

Accurate iron-play will be rewarded with Birdie opportunities however the greens are tricky and fast. Both Par 5s (Nos. 7 and 15) are gettable and annually rank among the easier holes. An ability to manoeuvre the ball in blustery conditions could be important if the wind gets up.

Sea Island Golf Course Scorecard

  • Average Green Size: 7,200 sq. ft.
  • Number of Sand Bunkers: 47
  • Number of Water Hazards: 14
  • Number of Holes Water is in Play: 13
Tips on playing No.14 on the Seaside Course

RSM Classic Past Champions

YearPlayerScoreTo par
RSM Classic
2022Adam Svensson263-19
2021Talor Gooch260-22
2020Robert Streb263-19
2019Tyler Duncan263-19
2018Charles Howell III263-19
2017Austin Cook261-21
2016Mackenzie Hughes265-17
2015Kevin Kisner260-22
The McGladrey Classic
2014Robert Streb266-14
2013Chris Kirk266-14
2012Tommy Gainey264-16
2011Ben Crane265-15
2010Heath Slocum266-14

FedEx Cup Fall Series ‘Bubble Boys’

This WeekLast WeekPlayerPoints
115113Martin Laird465
116112Gary Woodland465
117120Ben Martin463
118114Chad Ramey458
119122Peter Malnati446
120148Matti Schmid444
121117Doug Ghim443
122118Nico Echavarria442
123119Troy Merritt441
124123Andrew Novak440
125134Carl Yuan437
126121Henrik Norlander431
127124Maverick McNealy414
128140Ryan Moore385
129125C.T. Pan383
130126Patton Kizzire381
131136Ryan Palmer376
132127Zecheng Dou368
133131Scott Piercy356
134135Kramer Hickok354
135128Cameron Champ353

RSM Classic Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past six champions (2017-2022 inclusive) of the RSM Classic.

Strokes Gained CategoryLast 6 Champions
Average Strokes Gained
Average Finishing
Position SG Category

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s RSM Classic.


By Tour standards, both the Seaside and Plantation Courses are easy but still manage to deliver a fair test in both course management and creativity around the greens.

  1. Course Insights: Sea Island’s Challenges
    • Sea Island Golf Course, a Par-70 layout, demands precision and strategic play.
    • Prioritize accuracy over power, as narrow fairways and cleverly placed hazards pose challenges.
  2. Key Performance Statistics: Tailoring Your Picks
    • Analyze past winners and identify the crucial stats for success.
    • Consider players with strong short games and reliable putting, adapting to the course’s intricacies.
  3. Player Form Matters: Stay Updated
    • Assess current player form to make informed choices.
    • Players in good form, complemented by the right skills, are likely to excel at Sea Island.

Being resort courses expect scoring to be low

Worth noting that a number of PGA Tour players reside near Sea Island including Davis Love III, Harris English, Brian Harman, Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson, Patton Kizzire and Russell Henley. Davis Love III is the host of the RSM Classic which benefits the Davis Love Foundation.

RSM Classic Tips & Predictions 2023

Eric Cole golf betting tips

Eric Cole 33/1 (E/W) – second time teeing-it-up at the RSM Classic so sightlines will be familiar. His current form is eye-catching to say the least. He has three Top 4 finishes from four starts in the FedEx Cup Fall Series, which includes a runner-up in his last outing at the ZOZO Championship. No surprise to see his stellar play translate to his stats, sitting top of the pile in this week’s Stats Analysis. The relative ‘newbie‘ on Tour looks comfortable with his surroundings this season. Absence of tournament form is mitigated by other compelling arguments. Current form and skill-set coupled with field strength makes the 35-year-old hard to ignore. Good each way value.

Brendon Todd golf betting tips

Brendon Todd 40/1 (E/W) – sticking with the Pittsburgh native again this week. A regular to Sea Island, his best result in the recent past is a solo 4th in the 2019 edition of the tournament. Followed a solo 6th in the Fortinet Championship with a T20 in last week’s Butterfield Championship. A couple of small but costly mistakes in the third round last week were momentum killers and ultimately derailed his challenge around Port Royal Golf Course. The 38-year-old’s rock solid all-round game is reflected in his stats placing 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis. It could come down to a tournament decided by wedge play and putting – two areas where he excels. Excellent each way value.

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