Savannah retirement communities are quickly rising to the top of the list of Baby Boomers looking for the ideal spot to retire in the beautiful state of Georgia. With mild year-round temperatures and an inviting Southern lifestyle, the appealing options are endless living in this quaint yet happening historic region on the coast. Folks fall in the love with the ambiance in Savannah with its rich history, preserved antebellum architecture, art galleries, sophisticated culture, live music, theater, festivals, gourmet restaurants and unique shops that line the cobblestone streets adorned with Spanish Moss draped oaks that are signature to this spectacular town. And when it comes to finding the ideal spot to spend the rest of your life, in Savannah that means The Landings on Skidaway Island, one of the largest master planned Savannah golf communities in the South.
Not far from downtown Savannah, The Landings is appointed with some of the finest resort style amenities and is an oasis unlike any other in Savannah. With a history of its own, The Landings was a vision developed over 40 years ago. This impressive property is one of the largest found in the state with 4,596-acres located on Skidaway Island and is considered one of the most exclusive places to live in Georgia.
The Landings Club defines living with distinction. It’s award-winning location offers not one but six championship golf courses, 4 golf course clubhouses, exquisite cuisine, one of the most prestigious tennis clubs in Savannah, 2 marinas for easy access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Intracoastal, 30 miles of extensive biking and hiking trails, a fitness center/spa and a highly active and socially engaged community. Savannah realtors often brag about how the ultimate retirement in living is found at The Landings.
There is a wide array of architectural home styles available. Whether it a golf course home, patio home or waterfront estate, this award-winning community is known for its premier location and first-class amenities. Named Savannah Magazine’s “Best Planned Community in 2018”, folks looking for the ultimate retirement destination should visit The Landings to experience the lifestyle firsthand.
Here are the top 10 cool things you might not know about this amazing coastal community:
AUTHENTIC ISLAND LIFE
Driving through the front gates of The Landings is paradise found. Lots of green space adorned with Spanish moss-draped oaks, walking trails, pristine parks, an organic farm and endless waterways surrounding the property gives this location the feel of living on a private island. With easy access to the Intracoastal Waterways from its two residential marinas, water travel to the historic downtown district and the nearby beaches of Wassaw and Tybee Island are daily adventures enjoyed by residents of The Landings.
2 FULL-SERVICE DEEPWATER MARINAS
Living a seafaring life is a breeze at The Landings. Whether it is fishing, sailing, boating or water sports, residents enjoy the luxury of living on the water and breathing in fresh sea air every day. There are 2 full-service deep-water marinas offered here. The Landings Harbor and Delegal Creek Marinas both offer easy access to the Atlantic via the Intracoastal. The Landings Harbor Marina enters the Wilmington River on the north end of the island and has dry rack storage for 276 boats up to 30 feet and wet storage for 29 boats up to 40 feet and also offers Yacht services and marine maintenance. A downtown excursion by boat to enjoy a gourmet dinner and a sunset cruise complement the perfect ending to a perfect day living at The Landings. The Delegal Creek Marina on the south end of Skidaway can house 69 boats up to 125 feet in length and offers amazing views of the Intracoastal Waterway and close proximity to Ossabaw Sound. Both marinas allow residents the freedom of moving freely around the austere waterways that surround the property providing endless hours of entertainment for nautically inclined residents.
6 CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES
Avid golfers are right at home at The Landings. There are 6 award-winning courses to play here all uniquely designed by masters of the game. With the naturally preserved hardwood forestry, saltwater marshes and tidal creeks as the backdrop, these courses have been recognized as “Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries” by Audubon International. The first course, Marshwood was originally designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and Frank Duane in 1974 and updated in 2003 by Tim Liddy. The most impressive views can be seen on the 12th hole.
The Magnolia is the second course created by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay and considered the most challenging, especially the front 9 from the Championship tees. The 18th hole is a tough par 4 shot over and around a lagoon. On the south end of the property, the Plantation Course designed by Willard Byrd is complemented with a country themed clubhouse offering spectacular views of the surrounding marshlands, Adams Creek and Ossabaw Sound with lagoons and stoic oaks lining the fairways.
The Palmetto Course designed by Arthur Hills is another challenging greenway with the first 6 holes giving golfers the biggest hurdle. Be sure to note the amazing oak tree on the 10th hole of this impressive course. The Oakridge course by Arthur Hills incorporates split level fairways and is considered “one of the sportiest on the island.” The trademark 15th hole is known as “the Cemetery” where Elcy Waters “rests in peace.” Deer Creek designed by Tom Fazio offers wide greenways, updated cart paths and challenging par 3 holes. The Deer Creek Clubhouse offers mouthwatering cuisine and refreshing cocktails after a day of golfing with friends and neighbors. The private golf club offered at The Landings is one of the most prestigious in the country. This makes it one of the best Savannah golf communities.
CLUB DINING IN FOUR CLUBHOUSES
When it comes to satisfying a discerning palate, The Landings Club offers 7 distinctive dining venues to choose from. Fresh coastal farm to market dishes, low country traditional, awesome steaks and sushi are just a few of the offerings at the clubhouses found here. Hop in the golf cart and dinner awaits at one of the four clubhouses that grace the property; The Plantation, Oakridge, Deer Creek and Marshwood. The cuisine prepared by world-class chefs are designed using local resources and fresh organic ingredients. For casual fare, The Café at Franklin Creek Tennis Center is quite popular for a tasty snack after a round of tennis. Start dinner with Virginia Oysters or some traditional She Crab Soup followed by Faroe Island Salmon at Deer Creek with spectacular views of the 18th green. For a country themed meal in a relaxed setting, try the Marshwood Clubhouse. Prime rib night is a favorite enjoyed by members. For island fare, the Cabana Bar poolside offers lobsters rolls and mouthwatering burgers.
For a hearty steak, the Tudor-style Oakridge Steak & Pub offers two choices, fine dining on one side and casual on the other. Views of the 18th hole make this the perfect spot for date night or to watch local sporting events at the pub with friends. Escargot, Stone Crab Claws and Bone-in Ribeye are quite delicious and found in this austere setting. The Plantation Clubhouse assimilates an antebellum estate accented with an inviting front porch and huge bay windows. There are several dining options here ranging for sushi, pizza to go, bar fare and a full dinner menu offering regional favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Roderic’s Southern Fried Chicken, and Mama’s Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. This is truly Lowcountry living at its best.
30 MILES OF TRAILS, VAST COMMUNITY PARKS
Staying fit is a priority for those who live the island life. The stunning naturally preserved forests and surrounding lush marshlands invite folks to get outdoors and explore the majestic scenery that abounds at The Landing. There are 30 miles of integrated trails designed throughout the property to explore the plush topography. Biking and hiking are a great way to get exercise and spend the days enjoying this resort location. Bird watching is popular as there are several exotic species that inhabit the region. In addition to the trails, there are several parks that are scattered in the neighborhoods allowing picnics at Waterview, strolls in the fenced dog park, or maybe fishing with the little ones at the Kids Fishing Lagoon. Island life is all about the outdoors and spending quality time with friends and family.
3 TENNIS CENTERS AND 33 COURTS
In addition to hiking trails, The Landings Club has one of the largest clay court facilities in Georgia. With favorable year-round temperatures, tennis is another way residents stay fit and enjoy spending time at this resort-themed development. There are 33 Har-Tru courts, 11 of which are lit for night play at three different locations. There is also a Landings Tennis Academy onsite offering both adult and junior programs with a “Learn, Train, and Play” coaching philosophy. The Franklin Creek Tennis Center offers advanced video sensor technology through PlaySight systems to coach students in every aspect of the game and is a highly progressive approach for improving tennis skills. The Landings Club was honored with the 2015 Bliss Award for Best Tennis Community for its commendable tennis program and stellar court designs.
Pickleball, Bocce & Platform Tennis too!
Pickleball is the hottest game being played in the country today. It is a fast-paced game that has gained notoriety in the last few years and has quickly become a favorite for active Boomers. There are 4 courts designated for team or group play providing another excellent source of exercise while bonding with neighbors at The Landing. Bocce is another popular sport on the rise. The Franklin Creek Campus has four bocce ball courts and is a great resource for getting outdoors and enjoying the day. Platform tennis is another exercise activity offered here. Similar to the sport of paddle board, the game is quick paced and offers an exceptional workout at one of the 2 courts found at the Marshwood campus.
YEAR-ROUND FITNESS & WELLNESS SPA AND AQUATICS
Besides golf, boating, fishing, water sports and tennis, there is a fully equipped 48,000 square foot Oakridge Fitness Center that offers state-of-the-art workout stations, wellness classes, personal training and a spa for pampering. There are four pools available for both relaxation and exercising at The Landings. The Oakridge Fitness Center has 2 pools that are used for specific activities, the adult-only pool is designated for lap swimming and water aerobics and the other offers water therapy and youth recreation. The young ones love the pool at Franklin Creek which features two water slides, a snack bar and a shallow end to wade with toddlers. The Marshwood Pool sets the mood of island life complete with Cabana Bar and lively music to complement the resort lifestyle found at The Landings. Heated to 84 degrees throughout the year, this happening scene is a favorite of residents in all seasons.
Staying fit is a priority for active seniors and The Oakridge Fitness Center offers it all with free weights, cardio and strength machines, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, hot tub and steam room. There are group fitness classes, a spinning and Pilates studio, personal training and a physical therapy department. The monthly class schedule offers a wide array of formats to choose from with 55 classes ranging from Pilates, spinning, strength to flexibility and functionality programs designed for all fitness levels. The spa services are the ideal way to be pampered with a deep tissue or hot stone massage after a challenging workout. Facials, waxing and body wraps are also offered by a certified esthetician at the spa and complete the formula for living the life of luxury at The Landings.
Avid gardeners love the fact that there is a 2-acre organic farm to grow fresh herbs, vegetables, flowers and even beehives that provide honey and pollination. The farm has 200 plots and 20 raised beds for residents to use and is a great resource for growing their own fresh produce. Skidaway Farm offers field trips and seminars let by experienced farmers as well as a Children’s Garden Program to teach kids how to farm and grow their own veggies encouraging a healthy lifestyle in the community.
NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS FRIENDS & FUN
There is a highly social network found at The Landings with over 100 social and philanthropic organizations to join. his is yet another reason why The Landings is distinctive when it comes to Savannah retirement communities. The Landings Landlovers’ was created with a mission “to promote fellowship through social and cultural activities while working toward the continued improvement of community life at The Landings…”. Barn Builders, Habitat for Humanity – Skidaway, Save a Life Animal Welfare Agency and the Skidaway Audubon Conservation Organization are just a few of the ways that residents stay connected while helping to support the island.
Social groups add fun ways neighbors stay bonded in this tight knit community. The Skidaway Island Boating Club, Landings Bridge Groups, Garden Club, Club Tennis, Birdwatchers of the Landings, Landings Men’s and Women’s Golf Associations, Yacht Club, Kayak Club and Rhodes 19 Sailing Program are just a few of the clubs that provide activities and social events for residents to enjoy every day at this resort community. Whether fundraising, sailing, playing tennis, golfing, birdwatching, kayaking, boating or fishing, the options are endless at The Landings when it comes to socializing with neighbors who are friends and friends who are neighbors.
QUICK ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AND TYBEE ISLAND BEACHES
We said it before but one of the prime reasons The Landings is “hot spot” in the region according to Savannah realtors, is location, location, location. Only 15 minutes from the heart of the Historic District of downtown Savannah with preserved architecture and the appeal of true Southern hospitality, folks can enjoy amazing restaurants, art galleries, theatre, concerts, annual festivals, great shopping and all the conveniences of living “island life with sophistication.” This Lowcountry historic city is quite impressive with Spanish Moss draped oak-shaded parks, cobblestone streets and antebellum mansions that are scattered throughout the twenty city squares making this downtown unique, appealing and the experience priceless.
If beach time is on the agenda for the day, Tybee Island is a short 20-minute away and offers 5 miles of public beach and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. The dunes adorn the beaches here with flowing sea oats inviting locals to take a morning stroll while watching the sun rise over the ocean, go biking, fishing, surfing or sailing while watching the dolphins dive out of the rolling waves. A nice seafood dinner, island cuisine and regional favorites can be found on Tybee Island with over 30 privately-held restaurants to choose from. After a day at the beach, enjoy a refreshing cocktail at one of the many waterside bars that can be found here while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Living close to the beach is another reason The Landings is the ideal to shop for a home in Georgia.
Now is a great time to explore the island lifestyle at The Landings and their Discovery Package is a smart way to enjoy it. For 3 days and 2 nights, $299 will grant you VIP access to this island oasis or stay 4 days and 3 nights for only $425 per couple.
If your like others, you will never want to leaves this premier Savannah golfing community in the State of Georgia!