By Bob Dagley
For a city-sized island community with super-sized amenities (six golf courses, 31 tennis courts, six restaurants, four clubhouses, five swimming pools), The Landings Club manages to retain a small-town feel.
That intimate charm is the result of thoughtful planning. Set on 6,300-acre Skidaway Island, 12 miles south of Savannah, Ga., all of the amenities are within the residential club’s gates and all—including the half dozen golf courses—easily accessible by the residents’ preferred mode of transportation, a golf car. There’s a wide choice of distinct small neighborhoods, but none is more than a 10- to 15-minute ride from anywhere else within the club. Or, if you prefer, 30 miles of trails—designed for walking, biking, or jogging—wind through the community, connecting the key amenities. A two-acre community farm, more than 100 social groups and activities, a water-view picnic area, and a dog park further contribute to the relaxed and friendly feel.
Also running throughout the property are the six golf courses, designed by Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, and Willard Byrd and all certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. They’re set against backdrops of rich tidal creeks, saltwater marshes, and hardwood forests, yet each offers a different test of players’ skills. The Web.com Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship is held annually at the newest course, Fazio’s Deer Creek.
The club functions much like a resort, with membership in The Landings Club unlocking access to all of the amenities. Along with all of the above, that includes two deep-water marinas offering access to the Atlantic, pickleball and bocce courts, an innovative fitness and wellness center, and those miles and miles of trails. A $25 million capital plan, already well underway, is funding a new 23,500-square-foot clubhouse and more.
While the club has a city’s worth of activity, Savannah is minutes away, featuring world-renowned food, history, shopping, and major medical facilities. It’s that combination of island enjoyment and big-city opportunity that makes The Landings Club special.