“I’ve never played golf. No use in starting now.”’
“I don’t think I’d be any good at it.”
“I probably wouldn’t like golf that much. It looks hard.”
These are just some of the reasons people might offer for why they aren’t interested in taking up the game of golf. Then, one day, they try it. And they get hooked.
One of golf’s greatest, Arnold Palmer, describes the game this way:
“What other people may find in poetry or art museums,
I find in the flight of a good (golf) drive.”
It doesn’t matter how well or bad you play, you will find a special peace and real passion that emerges from the game. You can soak yourself into the environment like you’re playing your way through nature.
That’s why they say “golf is a game for everyone.” Yes, even people who haven’t played their entire lives. Come discover what it’s like. Hang with us while we explain what’s available to you.
Savannah Lakes Village has some of the best golf courses in the state, and they are situated on beautiful Lake Thurmond amid the national forest.
If you want to give golf a try or are interested, SLV has many ways you can get involved.
First, there are some traditional ways:
Daily Golf Availability
Call Cathy, Bob, Gareth, Sophia or Shannon at either Monticello (391-4175) or Tara (391-4115) and they’ll get you set up with a tee time that works for you.
Although Thursdays are MGA and WGA play days, slots are available on Thursday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Are you interested in golf lessons? Our golf academy can help you with your game. Call Gareth Edwards at 391-4175 for information. Gareth routinely provides specific game-related lessons, plus on-course playing lessons. It’s a great idea to start the game off with the right techniques. Those who’ve played for years also can brush up on their game.
Get Involved in a Golf Group
Golf is also a social sport. We have many golf groups available that can fit your needs. The golf courses at Savannah Lakes Village offer social and competitive golf outings five days a week. Social rounds are non-competitive and scoring is for bragging rights. Competitive rounds, while also for bragging rights, are played strictly by the rules of golf and require a USGA handicap. Neighborlink will have announcements for all of the golf groups. You may contact either pro shop for additional information.
Tuesday’s event is hosted by the “Green Tee” players. This informal social group plays in the afternoon and is perfect for the beginner just learning the game or the seasoned pro wishing to sharpen his or her short game skills. The “Green Tees” play anywhere from 100 to 200 yards per hole. Because of afternoon tee times, the Green Tee players suspend play during the hottest summer months.
Men’s Social Group 9
On Wednesday and Friday, the Men’s Social Group 9 (MSG 9) players are on the courses. This fun group plays nine holes and alternates between the two courses. The MSG 9 finishes each season with the Green Jacket Tournament.
MGA and WGA
Thursday morning the Men’s Golf Association and the Women’s Golf Association take to the course. There are both nine- and 18-hole groups. This competitive group conducts weekly tournaments, alternating between individual and team-flighted events. No need to sign up early for these groups. There are a number of benefits when joining the MGA or WGA: hole-in-one insurance for play on either SLV course, and MGA and WGA Club championships, just to name a few.
The Fore Fun group meets on Thursday. This afternoon social group plays nine holes of Captain’s Choice (a scramble) and adjourns to the River Grille for a post-round drink or dinner. Dinner is pre-ordered at the start of the round. The shotgun start allows everyone to finish at the same time, and the staff monitors pace of play so that dinner is ready and waiting.
Friday is “Dog Fight” day. This is competitive team play, and advanced signup at the Tara Pro Shop is required. The formats vary week to week. The pro shop makes up the teams, balancing the handicaps as best as possible.
Nine & Dine
Looking for a great way to meet and interact with people while enjoying golf and good food? Take part in Nine & Dine. The program provides you with an opportunity to play socially or competitively, then have dinner at The River Grille following your round. Nine & Dine takes place at the Tara Golf Course from May through August on the first and third Sundays. Play takes place with shotgun starts at 4 p.m. (check in at 3:30), and you will play nine holes before dinner. The chef will prepare four entree options for each event. You will need to sign up for your entree choice ahead of time. Nine & Dine is open to all Savannah Lakes Village residents. You will need to sign up as a twosome (can be mixed or same-gender pairings). You have two options: the social group or the competitive group. With the social group, you do not need a handicap, and you pay regular rates for afternoon play if you don’t have an annual membership. With the competitive group, you will need to have a USGA handicap and contribute $5, in addition to regular golf fees, to go toward prize money. The competitive group will be net best ball of the twosome.
For information about these groups, contact our pro shops, and our team members will help connect you with the people who lead these groups. Make sure you are taking advantage of these wonderful courses – and you might make a lot of new friends, too.