We’ve been on a kick with course guides in the South as of late. I don’t know if we’re just trying to make everyone in the North jealous, or if it’s just that folks are beginning to dust off their clubs as the season is upon us.
Whatever the case may be, I received a bunch of requests to discuss the public golf options in Savannah, Georgia.
Personally, I’ve never been. But sure enough, many of our readers are well versed.
The cumulation of their thoughts is below.
The Club at Savannah Harbor
The Club at Savannah Harbor appeared at the top of everyone’s list. Having done a little research on my own, I can see why. This place looks flat out cool.
The course winds its way through tidal wetlands and affords unforgettable views of the downtown skyline.
When you play here, you’d swear you were at a high-end private club. No detail is overlooked and everyone that comes through is treated like royalty. What makes this place so great though, is that it’s accessible to anyone.
If you only have time for one round in Savannah, the consensus is that it should be here.
Oyster Reef Golf Club
You might not know it, but Hilton Head Island is just a short drive away from Savannah. That’s why Oyster Reef Golf Club is a must play if you happen to be in the Savannah area.
Rees Jones designed this track that opened in 1982. Since then, the course has continued to receive awards and accolades from the likes of Golfweek and Golf Digest.
Set on more than 190 acres, Oyster Reef winds through lagoons and lush native vegetation. Views of the ocean abound, and you can bet on seeing plenty of wildlife.
You won’t forget hole six. A par that measures some 192 yards from all the way back, the tee shot plays toward an awe-inspiring backdrop of Port Royal Sound. One of the most iconic holes on the island.
Excellent service, a memorable course, Oyster Reef is more than worth the trip.
Old South Golf Links
Clyde Johnston was the mastermind behind Old South Golf Links. True to its name, this track is set in classic lowland country. The atmosphere is the epitome of Old South gentility. And yes, the sweet tea is delicious.
Towering oaks line the fairways and intercoastal marshlands come into play on a number of holes. Even though the fairways are generous, it’s still important to be accurate.
A timeless track that isn’t going to lose its charm any time soon, don’t pass up a chance to play Old South Golf Links.
Crescent Pointe Golf Club
My favorite architect, Arnold Palmer, stamped his name on Crescent Pointe Golf Club.
The characteristics of this course epitomize the way the King played the game. The fairways are wide so you can grip and rip it. However, most of the greens are elevated and undulating. Your approach shots have to be spot on or you might find yourself in trouble.
All of the par threes and par fives are birdie holes out here. Again, plenty of opportunities for risk and reward.
One of the most fun rounds to play in the Savannah area, I can’t wait to play Crescent Pointe.
Bear Creek Golf Club
Another Rees Jones design, Bear Creek Golf Club is a quintessential southern design.
Not overly long, all 18 holes demand strategy and sound execution. You won’t need driver much out here. Instead, playing to the corners of doglegs and controlling your distance into the small greens is the way to go.
Once you get to the greens, you’ll have the pleasure of putting on some of the purest Super Dwarf TifEagle greens to be found anywhere. Unlike a lot of Bermuda greens, the grain here is almost nonexistent.
Bear Creek is a thinking man’s course you’ll want to play more than once.
Crosswinds Golf Club
Back in Savannah proper, Crosswinds Golf Club is a local’s favorite.
An open parkland design, this course is unique in that it has five par threes and five par fives. You know what that means… Plenty of chances for risk and reward.
Even though the fairways give you plenty of room, they’re heavily bunkered. You still need to execute quality shots.
What players love most about Crosswinds Golf Club is that it’s enjoyable for all levels. That’s due in large part to five sets of tees to choose from.
Black Creek Golf Club
Less than an hour’s drive from Savannah in the town of Ellabell, you’ll find the hidden gem of Black Creek Golf Club.
The course is laid out across sprawling countryside that’s marked by vast meadows and rolling hills. This is the spot to be if you want to get away from it all.
Black Creek is also the tale of two nines. The front nine is open and encourages you to swing away. Conversely, the inward half has tree lined fairways and asks for accuracy.
Known as a player-friendly course, you’re guaranteed a pleasant experience at Black Creek Golf Club.
Southbridge Savannah Golf Club
Golf can get expensive in this part of the world. When it comes to value, Southbridge Savannah Golf Club is a breath of fresh air.
Yet another Rees Jones design, this course is conveniently located just minutes from Savannah’s historic district.
The fairways are forgiving here so keeping the ball in play shouldn’t be much an issue. The greens are another story, however. They’re undulating and notoriously fast. Pay careful attention to pin locations and stay below the hole.
When you’re done for the day, make a stop by Vickey’s Bar and Grill. Cold drinks and delicious food await.
Lost Plantation Golf Club
Another great value is Lost Plantation Golf Club in the town of Rincon. Believe it or not, this course is owned and operated by the city.
Even though the layout is straightforward, it’s full of character and charm. Subtle quirks, humps, and bumps can be found throughout.
When I learned how much it costs to play here, I was blown away. Anyone can afford it; you more than get your money’s worth.
I’m putting Lost Plantation on my list.
Mary Calder Golf Course
Mary Calder Golf Course dates all the way back to 1937.
Even though it’s only nine holes, locals and visitors love this place. The staff treat everyone like family and the course is a blast to play.
Not terribly long, there’s no real reason to overpower this course. The fairways are narrow and the greens small. If you play smart and strike it well, birdies can be made.
Fun to play for everyone, give Mary Calder a look next time you’re in town.
There’s no shortage of golf to be found in the Savannah area. In fact, there’s so much, we could probably write an entire anthology.
I can’t wait to get to this part of the country and swing the sticks. Between the great golf, southern hospitality, and favorable weather, what’s not to like?
I appreciate everyone that made this guide possible. I couldn’t have done it without your efforts. I know there’s a lot more to talk about so, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.