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Savannah Golf Course Communities Move Beyond the Links

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Luxury developments all over the U.S., which used to rely on Golf Courses as the centerpiece of their selling strategies, are now adding enhanced amenities to draw buyers with new tastes. Fishing ponds, skate parks, orchards, horse parks, nature trails and even movie theaters and bowling alleys have become a part of the new “lifestyle” amenities.

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Over the last few years, luxury developers have weathered the real state market meltdown, as well as dwindling interest in the game of golf.

In 2014, more golf courses closed than opened in the U.S. according to the National Golf Foundation. The decrease in golfers continued to fall too, but less than it had in previous years. There are currently about 25 million golfers in the U.S. That’s about 8.5% of the population. But 20% of homebuyers in master-planned development play the game.

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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