|The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa Savannah, GA|
|Course Par Value: 72|
|Course Yardage: 7,087|
by: Robert B. Cupp and Sam Snead
Management: Troon Golf
Opened: Fall 1999
The golf course complex features 18 holes, a golf institute, a large dual-ended practice facility, and a 22,000 square foot Clubhouse, featuring a Greenbrier Spa. The Pro Shop features the latest in golf apparel, equipment, and specialty items that are distinctive to Savannah.
The challenge of the golf course comes not only from its length, as it plays to approximately 7,300 yards from the championship tees, but also from the intellect it takes to navigate its obstacles. The course is well designed to test the very skilled golfer, yet can be 'eased' to accommodate golfers of all levels. As with any Troon Golf managed property, the turf grass and playing conditions are second to none.
Sam Snead and Bob Cupp teamed together to design The Club at Savannah Harbor to bring to life the eternal golf philosophy of 'risk and reward.' A well executed shot placed close to a hazard provides a substantial benefit in the form of less club to the green, a better approach angle, or both. The putting surfaces are traditional rather than modern as they have gentle transitions to different pin locations. Some greens feature subtle roll-offs or collars, which fall away. This design feature is reminiscent of the golden era of golf design in the 1930's and 1940's, Sam Snead's heyday.
As with the entire Savannah Harbor development, the natural beauty of the surrounding environment is the centerpiece of the design. Incredible views showcasing a rare 'urban resort' are evident on several of the tees, fairways, and greens. The majority of the greens are approximately 5,000 square feet. Two exceptions to this are the 11th and the 12th holes, which feature green complexes of 12,000 and 15,000 square feet respectively. Between the 4th and the 7th holes runs a meandering tidal creek, while the 5th and 6th offer exquisite views of the back river and the bridge leading to the South Carolina Low Country. The higher elevation of #13 sets up for a gradual decline into views of the surrounding wetlands & the Back River, which doesn't end until the 16th tee. The 7th and the 9th will offer dramatic views to the South spanning across Savannah's famous Historic District.
Photos and Descriptions courtesy of The Westin Savannah Resort and Spa
|1||4||303||Jasper Greens - Irish troops from Savannah fought in many of this country's wars. Sometimes seen as the underdog and often overlooked, these soldiers, like this hole, can pose a lurking threat. Length is not an issue here, as this hole plays the shortest of all par fours. A true course and a steady hand, however, will see you safely through its perils. Do all you can to approach this green from the fairway, as the putting surface is pinched and severely sloped in the middle. Balls hit to this spot need to be perfectly played in order to hold the green. Shots that are long leave a harsh up and down. Shots that are short will find one of three bunkers that guard the green's entryway.|
|2||4||427||Hussars' Relief - Much like the Historical Calvary Units of Savannah, the hussars, this hole can be played with a steady march straight up the middle. A deviation in the trees right or marsh left will only hinder your progress and frustrate your cause. A well placed drive will leave you with a shot to the green that can either be flown in or run right up the center. Be wary of your yardage here as the flat, rolling flow of the hole can be deceiving. Any balls reaching the green will have an excellent chance of scoring well.|
|3||3||224||Monterey Square - The largest par three on the course may prove to have a bite far less vicious than its bark. While it plays to over 230 yards from the black tee, its green is extremely forgiving both left and long. Don't be fooled by Bob Cupp's clever design. The bunkers you see over the green are actually the features of another hole. Anywhere on or around the putting surface will allow for a very playable chip shot and an excellent chance at par.|
Good Anne's Crossing - The ship and the voyage of James Oglethorpe inspired the name of this hole. Hugging a tidal marsh along its port side, Good Anne's Crossing is relentless to those who favor a draw or worse, a hook. A fade that slips away can also be a nasty part of your journey, especially on the tee shot. If your drive finds the fairway, your chances for a good score are superb. Realize that there is plenty of room right off the green over the row of bunkers guarding its starboard entryway. The distance between the marsh and the bunkers is approximately 40 yards at its tightest spot. Approaches to this green are easier from the right, as the marsh pinches the fairway directly in front of the putting surface making it an almost island green to those shots from the center of the fairway.
|5||4||349||Sappers and Miners - This meandering par four gently bends from right to left. While the bunkers along the right side are not reachable from the tee, the ones along the left pose a threat. They are deep and to reach the green from them requires a very skilled shot. This is one of the few holes where long is not a place where you can error. The Back River and South Carolina loom in the background waiting for the misplayed shot. The green slopes severely on the right side, corralling any balls that are hit there into a hollow. This hole rewards smart, steady play. Anything cute could result in a wave of trouble.|
|6||4||408||Talmadge Peaks - No margin for error on this long par four. The tee ball needs enough length to peek around the corner of this dogleg right. However, to hit it too far means certain trouble as a deep bunker guards the far corner of the bend. Balls that do find the fairway face a daunting shot to a small elevated green that is guarded by bunkers and marsh. The green sits under the shadow of the peaks of the Talmadge Bridge-your gateway to the closing waters of your voyage.|
|7||5||599||Big Duke - Be wary of the wreckage ahead. There will be many a wanderer that makes safe passage to this spot only to be lost amid this monster par five. Don't be fooled-while this hole is long, it is the accurate golfer that will find the least path of resistance. Favor the right side of the fairway off the tee, avoiding the bunkers on the left. If you do not think that you can clear the bunkers that pinch the fairway on your second shot, it is wise to lay up. Any ball that finds these bunkers is headed for a bogey or worse. Once you are past these hurdles, the hole softens. Favor the right side of the green on your approach and you should be able to finish the hole with relative ease.|
The Briar Patch - While this par three is short, it is the only forced carry on the golf course from all tees. The green is long from front to back with a large roll off area behind. There is no reason to be short here-that is where the trouble lurks. Great birdie opportunity if you do not become too intimidated by the marsh that stands between you and the hole.
|9||4||381||Harbor Light - In the distance, through the mist and fog you make the shape of land and home. This tricky little par four is all that stands between you and the completion of the front nine. For the long hitter, aim at the bunkers on the left. This should be your path to the green. A good tee ball will clear these and leave you a short iron shot in. Shorter hitters have more room right. However, this leaves a longer shot to the putting surface. The green is well protected on all sides by bunkers and its elevation makes a high lofted shot preferable. Its undulations also make putting a challenge.|
Outward Bound - Bob Cupp and Sam Snead believe that the waters are calmest closest to shore. This hole holds true to the adage. By keeping your tee shot left of the fairway bunkers, you set yourself up for a very approachable green and pleasant opening to the back nine. With plenty of room behind, the only obstacle on your approach is the large bunker that fronts this kidney-shaped green.
|11||5||499||Mulberry Grove - Named for the birthplace of the Cotton Gin, this hole has a plantation-like feel, as the tee shot is spacious. It narrows, however, as you approach the green. Be wary of the bunkers on the right - they are not as close to the green as they appear and may prove to be rough waters encountered on your voyage. This large, flat green should yield many birdies to those who reach it in regulation.|
|12||4||434||Tomo chi chi - Much like the seven-foot tall Savannah Indian Chief for which it is named, this hole's most noticeable feature is its size. Not only a strong test of the driver, but also the second shot must be well thought out as you approach this 17,000 square foot green. Putting from the wrong spot has left many passenger scratching their heads and longing for smoother waters.|
The Waving Girl - Be careful of the siren that
beckons you to the sea. Her long journey to the Back River of
Savannah is fraught with challenges. And in the end, her beauty is
your surest reward. Avoiding the fairway bunkers from the tee is
your first goal on this par five. If you enter these, reaching this
green in regulation becomes very difficult.
Factor's Walk - This hole reminds one of the tight streets of Savannah's old Cotton Exchange. A narrow corridor leading to the Promised Land. Decisions need to be made on this tee box. Hit driver and risk the perils that line this hole, yet, if successful, leaves a small pitch to the green, or play safe with an iron and find yourself in the rolling mounds of the fairway. An approach shot right of the green leaves a tricky, downhill chip. A shot missed left could lead to a more costly fate.
Battery Point - Tucked into its own corner of the world, this hole offers a tranquil port as you proceed along your voyage. This straightforward par three is generous left and long. It shows its teeth short and right. A well played shot to the middle of the green should allow for a good chance for birdie in any direction. A shot right will sail for the waters ahead.
|16||4||422||Washington's Guns - Two brass cannons were won long ago by George Washington from the British in the Revolutionary War. They were brought to Savannah and proudly displayed. One would have use for these cannons on this hole, as to reach its green in regulation requires two monstrous shots. As there is not a bunker on the entire hole, your landing area is generous. Be careful, however, trying to cut the left corner of the fairway too close as you could find yourself lost at sea in the middle of trees and in native grass. The green is crowned, so any shots that are not on target will have the tendency to roll off onto the surrounding collar. Par here is an excellent score.|
Yamacraw Bluff - Stand on the tee and survey what lies ahead. James Oglethorpe did the same in 1733 from a point on the shore named for this hole. He looked out over what would be the historic district of Savannah. What you will see is a large, well-guarded green that offers relief for only those who stay clear of the right and favor the left. Brave is the soul who takes dead aim at the pin, but great is the reward for those who succeed. A birdie here is like favorable current or a strong tailwind that puts you ahead of the rest of the fleet.
Wormsloe - The first and most successful plantation in Savannah provides the namesake for this hole. A long stretch of the fairway stands between you and the halfway point of your journey. The challenge of this hole is the approach shot to the green, as it is crowned and well protected from shots on the right by a severe bunker. There is plenty of room long and left, but the chip shot back up to the green makes par a challenging score.