The state of Georgia has a rich history in golf: it is the home of golf legend, Bobby Jones, the home to the most prestigious golf tournament, The Masters and has the oldest golf club in America, The Savannah Golf Club, which started in 1794! Savannah is a golf-lovers travel destination with over 25 golf courses in the Savannah area.
This week, Savannah is once again in the spotlight with hosting the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Tournament at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort . This tournament is for players 50 years and older. There are 3 divisions that play: Demaret, Raphael, and Legends. The Demaret Division Tournament took place Monday and Tuesday for players over 70 years old. The Raphael Division will play on Friday and Saturday and the Legends Division will start their tournament on Friday through Sunday. Each of these tournaments consists of teams of 2 players for a total of 71 teams playing through the week including 16 World of Golf Hall of Fame members. The players are playing for a purse of $2.7 Million. The tournament has been playing in Savannah for the past 9 years at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The PGA has agreed to play there through 2013 with the hopes of continuing this 9 year relationship. The tournament provides a strong economic impact on the city of Savannah and has given out over $1.5 Million to local charities.
There are many golf courses in and around the Savannah area for any level of golf player. The Savannah Golf Club has a history of playing golf in Savannah back to 1794. There is a legend that this club was one of the first places that golf was played in the United States! The Savannah Golf Club, which is a private member-owned golf club, was officially incorporated in 1899. Many of the golf courses in the Savannah area have received awards for the course or the resort. The Westin Savannah Club was named to the Top 60 Gulf Clubs/Courses in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler as well as being named a 4 star best plays to stay by Golf Digest. This resort has a long list of travel awards. The city of Savannah doesn’t have a municipal golf course, but does have many daily fee courses such as Crosswinds Golf Club, Southbridge Golf Club, Henderson Golf Club and Bacon Park Golf Club. This is just a few of the many golf courses in the area. Savannah is a great destination for the golf enthusiast and just the every-day player!