Best Golf Courses in Savannah

Updated February 2024 to update booking information.

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.

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The Club at Savannah Harbor

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The Club at Savannah Harbor stands as the top-ranked golf course in Savannah, offering golfers stunning views of the downtown skyline and a high-end private club atmosphere for a premier golfing course.

Designed by the legendary golfer Greg Norman, in collaboration with the renowned golf architect Rees Jones, this exceptional golf course is a must-visit for fans seeking an extraordinary golfing tour.

The Savannah Harbor Golf Resort provides an exceptional practice facility, allowing golfers to hone their skills before hitting the immaculately manicured fairways.

The Club at Savannah Harbor isn’t only known for its exceptional golf experience but also for its world-class clubhouse, complete with a golf shop and elegant dining rooms.

The southern hospitality at this golf course adds an extra touch to the overall feeling, making it a highly recommended destination for golfers of all levels.

Whether you’re a resident or visiting Savannah, The Club at Savannah Harbor promises an unforgettable and luxurious golfing event.

 

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Oyster Reef Golf Club

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In just a short drive from Savannah on Hilton Head Island, Oyster Reef Golf Club offers a captivating golfing happening that seamlessly transitions from the luxury of The Club at Savannah Harbor to the glistening ocean views and abundant wildlife that define this award-winning course.

Designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1982, this renowned course has garnered recognition from Golfweek and Golf Digest. The course’s stunning ocean views and diverse wildlife create an unparalleled ambiance for an unforgettable round of golf. One of the most iconic holes is the sixth, boasting a backdrop of the beautiful Port Royal Sound.

Oyster Reef Golf Club provides a challenging yet enjoyable game for golfers of all levels, making it a must-visit destination for devoted golfers exploring the best golf courses in Savannah and Hilton Head Island. Whether you’re a local or visiting the area, the Oyster Reef Golf Club promises an exceptional golfing adventure that perfectly captures the essence of this coastal paradise.

 

 

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Tucked away in a classic lowland country setting, Old South Golf Links offers golfers a timeless and charming experience designed by Clyde Johnston. The course is quintessentially southern, with towering oaks and intercoastal marshlands providing a serene backdrop.

As you navigate the rolling hills and undulating greens, you’ll find that the generous fairways make for a player-friendly course, but accuracy remains important for a successful round.

Old South Golf Links is a hidden gem that captures the essence of southern charm and hospitality, making it a highly recommended golfing opportunity in Savannah. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned golfer, the course’s accessibility and stunning natural surroundings ensure an enjoyable adventure for all.

This course is a testament to Johnston’s design prowess and understanding of the area’s unique beauty, offering a delightful blend of challenge and serenity for golf aficionados.

 

   

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Crescent Pointe Golf Club

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As you venture from the classic lowland country setting of Old South Golf Links to the charming surroundings of Crescent Pointe Golf Club, you’ll find yourself immersed in a new golfing venture designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. The course offers wide fairways for aggressive play and challenging elevated, undulating greens, providing birdie opportunities on par threes and fives. This makes it one of the most enjoyable rounds in Savannah.

Crescent Pointe Golf Club is accessible to all golfers, offering a mix of challenge and playability, making it a highly recommended option for a round of golf in Savannah. Golfers can enjoy a high-end private club atmosphere at Crescent Pointe Golf Club while enjoying the stunning views and well-maintained grounds. With its beautiful course design and the opportunity to play golf in a setting designed by Arnold Palmer, it’s a must-visit for any golf lovers visiting the Savannah area.

The club is conveniently located near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and the Club at Savannah Harbor. The course is also designed with multiple sets of tee boxes, catering to golfers of all skill levels.

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Bear Creek Golf Club

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You’ll find Bear Creek Golf Club to be a quintessential southern course, emphasizing strategy and execution over length, providing an enjoyable and challenging experience for golfers of all skill levels. Designed by Rees Jones, this course is known for its pure Super Dwarf TifEagle greens, making it a thinking man’s course that rewards accuracy.

Whether you’re a beginner or a competent player, Bear Creek Golf Club offers a rewarding golf course, thanks to its emphasis on precision and strategic play. The course’s beautiful design and energetic gameplay make it a highly recommended choice for a round of golf in Savannah.

If you’re looking for a memorable golfing tour in the Savannah area, Bear Creek Golf Club stands out as a must-visit destination. Whether you’re staying at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, the Savannah Inn, or the Quarters Country Club, consider adding Bear Creek Golf Club to your itinerary for a truly enjoyable and fulfilling golfing adventure.

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Crosswinds Golf Club

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Nestled in the vibrant golfing scene of Savannah, Crosswinds Golf Club beckons with its open parkland design and diverse tee options, providing a seamless transition from the strategic play of Bear Creek Golf Club.

The course covers nearly 6,500 yards with a par of 72, offering six sets of tees suitable for all skill levels. This allows golfers to tailor their game to their abilities, whether they’re looking for a demanding round or a more relaxed game.

The fairways at Crosswinds Golf Club provide ample room but are heavily bunkered, presenting golfers with strategic choices and risk-reward opportunities. Additionally, the course features rolling hills, undulating greens, and scenic water features, offering a unique and enjoyable golfing experience.

Conveniently located near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the course is easily accessible for locals and visitors alike. With its amenities such as a practice facility, pro shop, and on-site restaurant, Crosswinds Golf Club provides a complete and satisfying golfing trip on Wilmington Island.

 

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Black Creek Golf Club

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Tucked away less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Savannah, Black Creek Golf Club offers a hidden gem for golfers seeking a vivid and rewarding stay in the sprawling countryside. The front nine of the course encourages aggressive play, while the back nine demands accuracy with its tree-lined fairways.

This player-friendly course is designed by Rees Jones, known for its emphasis on strategy and execution over length, and features pure Super Dwarf TifEagle greens. The quintessential Southern design rewards accuracy, making it enjoyable for all skill levels.

Black Creek Golf Club is an enjoyable and unique setting for a round of golf near Savannah. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this private golf club situated near the Savannah Inn is a top choice for those seeking a memorable golf experience.

If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth the trip to Hutchinson Island Club and Savannah to play a round at Black Creek Golf Club.

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Southbridge Savannah Golf Club

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Conveniently located near Savannah’s historic district, the Southbridge Savannah Golf Club offers a great value for golfers, maintaining the strategic and rewarding design philosophy established by Rees Jones at Black Creek Golf Club.

As a public golf course, it provides an accessible yet challenging golf set for all skill levels. The well-bunkered Bermuda fairways and undulating greens demand precision and strategic play. Towering cypress and oak trees line the fairways, adding a colorful backdrop to your game.

The course’s layout is forgiving, but the subtly undulating greens provide a true test of skill, with pin placement crucial for scoring well. After a round, golfers can unwind and enjoy post-round refreshments at Vickey’s Bar and Grill, adding to the overall escapade.

Located near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the Southbridge Savannah Golf Club is an excellent option for golfers looking for a memorable round in the Savannah area. Whether you’re a local or visiting the area, this course offers a great golfing experience at a great value.

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Lost Plantation Golf Club

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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.

 

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Mary Calder Golf Course

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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.

Conclusion

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.

 

  

  

  

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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