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Georgia golf, Savannah, Stay and play

 

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Stay, Play, Rejuvenate. Repeat.

By David Theoret


Located on the banks of the Savannah River sits the Westin Savannah Resort, a downtown resort that has it all. The rooms at The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort are both elegant and spacious, appointed with a chic, soothing decor and Westin's famous Westin Heavenly Beds. Some rooms offer private balconies.

If you're into physical fitness and getting a good workout, then you've come to the right place; activities abound at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. If golf or tennis is your game, The Westin's got you covered with award-winning golf at the neighboring Club at Savannah Harbor Golf Course as well as Har Tru tennis courts onsite. Or, you can enjoy a strenuous workout at the Westin Workout Fitness Center. Other activities for families, adults, and kids-at-heart include bicycles, bocce ball, and croquet.

Whatever physical exercise you indulge in, plan on heading over to the Heavenly Spa afterwards to relax and recharge. The Heavenly Spa is located on the hotel property and offers the most comprehensive selection of services in the Low Country area. They focus on stress-relieving treatments including European style hydrotherapy, massage, facials, manicures/pedicures, and body treatments.

What separates The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort from other "downtown" resorts in that it is truly downtown. You are literally a complimentary 5-minute ferry ride to all that Savannah has to offer including over 400 restaurants, attractions and nightlife. There's also a restaurant onsite that is an epicurean's delight. Aquastar offers a somewhat limited menu, however dishes are created from fresh, locally grown ingredients and are as aesthetically pleasing as they are delicious. To book your next stay at The Westin Savannah Harbor, visit them online at www.westinsavannah.com.

The Club at Savannah Harbor
The Club at Savannah Harbor overlooks historic downtown Savannah, and from 2003-2013, was the home of the Champions Tour's Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament. These days, The Club provides visiting golfers with a high-quality golf experience at one of the region's most complete clubs, with world-class amenities just minutes away at the Westin Savannah Resort. The 22,000-square foot clubhouse features an award-winning golf shop, full service locker rooms, formal, informal and private, dining rooms and a private boardroom for meetings. The friendly and attentive staff will see to t that your visit to their club is as memorable as it can be.

The Club at Savannah Harbor was designed by legendary golfer Sam Snead and renowned course architect Bob Cupp and has been rated as one of the top 10 places to play in the United States by Golf & Travel Magazine. In 2013, the Club was ranked 7th in GolfWeek's Best Courses you can play in Georgia. From the back tees, The Club stretches out to 7,288 yards with a course rating of 74.8 and a slope of 138. I preferred the Member Tees, a challenging combination of all three men's tees, which added an interesting twist. From here, the course plays 6,330 yards (70.7/130). Five sets of tees offer a comfortable yardage for all players.

Most Memorable Hole: Number 7, Par 5, 599 yards (Member Tees). "Big Duke," as this hole is affectionately known, is a monster par five. But don't be fooled, just because it's long, this monster can be tamed. Off the tee, your best line of attack is down the right side, making sure to avoid the fairway bunkers. Now it's decision time; to clear or not to clear the distant fairway bunkers, that is the question. If there is any doubt, it's probably best to layup, otherwise you are most likely looking at bogey or worse. Once past the bunkers, it's clear sailing. Play your approach shot to the right side of the green, take par, praise the Lord and move on.

Favorite Par 3: "Yamacraw Bluff" Number 17, 172 yards (Member Tees). From a historical perspective, British General James Oglethorpe stood in the proximity of the tee box in 1733 and looked out over what would become the Historic District of Savannah. From a golf perspective, what you see is a challenging par 3 that is even more so with a front right pin placement. From the tee, you'll see a large green well-guarded on the right side with water and sand. If you're brave enough to go right at the pin and succeed, you'll be richly rewarded.

Favorite Par 4: Number 1, "Jasper Greens," 338 yards (Member Tees). No one ever said a hole had to be long to be a favorite, in fact, this is the shortest par 4 on the course. A good drive will clear the fairway traps on either side and leave a short pitch to a green severely sloped in the middle. You'll need to fly the ball on the green as sand protects the front all the way across the fairway. Anything over the green and you're most likely looking at bogey or worse. Brains over brawn is how you conquer this opening hole and get your round off to a good start.

Favorite Par 5: Number 4, "Good Anne's Crossing," 445 yards (Member Tees). Finding the fairway off the tee is imperative if you want to score well on this hole. Straight is best, and a well struck drive leaves a risk/reward decision. Most players will opt for a layup down the right side over the bunkers which leaves a short pitch to a small green that is well guarded by sand and water. This may not be the longest par 5, but it still takes three well-thought shots to score well.

Last Word: The Club at Savannah Harbor offers a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels and abilities. Pick the right set of tees and a good time is a sure bet. The Club offers beautiful views of downtown Savannah and the back portion of the Savannah River as it gently winds its way through tidal wetlands.

Although there is not a lot of (if any) elevation change, there is a good deal of mounding in and around fairways, which can lead to some interesting lies. Over the years, The Club has been ranked as high as #3 in the State of Georgia for "Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek Magazine. You owe it to your golf game to play this course at least once - it's worthy of most golfers' bucket lists. For more information or to book a round at The Club at Savannah Harbor, give them a call at (912) 201-2240 visit their website at www.theclubatsavannahharbor.com


 


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Written By: David Theoret

David Theoret David Theoret has been in the golf and golf travel industry for over 10 years, primarily selling online advertising. For the past seven years, he has also been a golf writer, reviewing golf courses, resorts, destinations, equipment, golf apparel, and training aids - the latter of which never seems to help. David's articles and reviews have been posted on many golf travel and equipment websites.

Growing up in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, it was naturally assumed he would play hockey. Beginning at the age of 3 and continuing into his late 30's, he did just that. However, after one too many pucks to the head, he realized that golf was a lot easier on the body (whoever said hockey players were slow) and took the game up.

After moving to Florida and accepting a position with TravelGolf Media (now part of GolfNow) his love for the game grew exponentially. Most Saturdays you will find him on a course somewhere in Florida or on the practice range reinforcing his bad habits. David plays to a 10 handicap - unless there is money involved in which case it goes considerably higher. He currently resides in Lakeland, FL with his wife Belinda and their two "kids", Madyson and Molly.


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