IT’S THE REAL DEAL – ALWAYS HAS BEEN
Story by: Mike May
The city of Savannah, Georgia is a wonderful destination for golfers and it’s one of the few locations in the U.S. where the appeal of this small city is as attractive as the area’s golf courses. Savannah’s top three main golf resorts, all members of the Georgia Golf Trail, are The Club at Savannah Harbor, Wilmington Island Club, and The Landings. Each of those courses represents a good reason to travel (or move) to Savannah. The combined presence of all three resorts in the same area is almost too good to be true.
“The appeal of the golf courses and the city as a vacation destination is what keeps people coming back to Savannah year after year,” says Doug Hollandsworth, founder, Georgia Golf Trail.
Located in southeast Georgia, Savannah is a city which is always getting ready for another major event. But, every day, its pedestrian-friendly layout enhances the allure of the city’s many Southern cuisine restaurants, riverboat cruises along the Savannah River, architectural tours, spectacular art galleries, Civil War re-enactments, and the city’s number one attraction -- the Savannah Historic Theatre, which was established in 1818. Of course, any visit to Savannah would be incomplete without a stroll along River Street or a visit to the Historic District of Savannah which is the home of the City Market. Both River Street and the City Market are brimming with antique shops, classy boutiques, fabulous restaurants, one-of-a-kind nightspots, and locally owned and operated inns, hotels, and B & B’s. The City Market is located in a four-block area downtown and is the heart of Savannah’s entertainment district. Every night, you should be able to find a live, local band producing a toe-tappin’ sound for visitors and locals, alike.
It’s also worth noting that Savannah has an Olympic affiliation, too. It staged the sailing competition for the 1996 Olympic Games, which were based in Atlanta.
And, if you want some beach time while in Savannah, nearby Tybee Island will be of interest to those who want a break from dealing daily with cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Tybee Island, officially known as Savannah’s Beach, has five miles of public beach along the Atlantic Ocean. T-Shirts, shorts, and flip flops are considered the official clothing of Tybee Island.
As for the golf at The Club at Savannah Harbor, Wilmington Island Club, and The Landings, their merits as golf destinations speak for themselves.
The Club at Savannah Harbor hosted the Legends of Golf event on the Champions Tour from 2003-2013. If it’s good enough for the Champions Tour, you will enjoy it as well. Golf Magazine refers to this course as “Savannah’s Golf Centerpiece.” If you stay on-site at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, you receive complimentary water ferry service to River Street.
The Wilmington Island Club is a Donald Ross design and is open to the public. That, alone, should be a good enough reason to play this course. This par 71-layout is as fun to play now as it was when it first opened for business decades ago. Everybody who plays the Wilmington Island Club is chomping at the bit to play this course again, soon after they play it for the first time.
The Landings is a private real estate community and is the kind of club you should seriously consider joining if you move to Savannah. The six private golf courses, 32 tennis courts, and access to a year-round facility which features aquatics, fitness classes, and a wellness spa are great reasons to call The Landings -- located on the 6,300-acre Skidaway Island -- your golfing home in Savannah.
Before booking your trip to Georgia’s First City, check out the website for Visit Savannah – www.visitsavannah.com -- where you’ll find more reasons to travel to Savannah and possibly move there. You won’t be the first one or the last one to make such a decision.
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