Reaching Out to Families and Kids
Golf communities have started to provide more opportunities for families, particularly kids to develop more interest in golf. They are creating smaller family and kid-friendly courses and providing golf lessons and camps focused on getting younger people interested in the game.
Developments also offer other recreational activities for families and kids, including fitness centers with yoga and “boot camps,” as well as sports families can play together like flag football. Some communities even focus on horseback riding and luxury camping.
Master-planned communities also provide less expensive sports memberships, which give residents access to these types of activities, but not golf. Typically, they run about half the price of a golf membership and allow members to play some golf if they pay the greens fee.
Savannah’s Golf Course Communities
Locally, The Landings on Skidaway Island boasts 40 miles of trails that are frequented by walkers, runners, bikers, and golf carters. The development also includes many parks — one just for dogs. It also has two deep water marinas, five restaurants, 34 tennis courts, six pools (indoor and outdoor) and a fitness center to go with its six Championship Golf Courses.
The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill has an equestrian center, fresh and salt water fishing areas, a deep water marina, day spa, 10 miles of horse, biking and hiking trails, and an organic garden in addition to a Championship Golf Course.
Southbridge in the West Chatham area of Savannah offers The Grand Lake Lodge and Spa, which has six acres of recreational amenities, including walking trails, beach volleyball, basketball, and state-of-the-art workout equipment. The Lodge also has a full-service spa, saunas and steam rooms. Southbridge also has a golf course and golf academy.
Savannah Quarters located in Pooler has a huge swim and fitness center, including a junior Olympic lap pool and another with a towering waterslide, as well as a golf course and tennis courts. The community also houses the 29,000 square foot Savannah Quarters Golf Club House, which includes the golf grille, wine room and main dining room.
— Ed Yannett
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