Henry C. Walthour, one of Savannah's wealthiest cotton dealers, bought several hundred acres of land on Wilmington Island in the early 1920s. Walthour's vision for the property was to create a high-end, prestigious community with the General Oglethorpe Hotel as its centerpiece.
Golf, a rapidly growing sport in the United States, has always been an important part of General Oglethorpe's life. The golf course, which was created by Donald Ross, one of the country's top golf course architects, was the hotel's main attraction. Ross was also the architect of Pinehurst, North Carolina's world-famous golf course. The General Oglethorpe Golf Course was even referred to as Ross's superb golf course.
Unfortunately, the hotel was only successful for a short time before the 1929 stock market crash. Between 1935 and 1965, the hotel changed hands several times, and it was even closed at times. The golf course remained open and was packed with players as usual.
In 1965, Savannah businessman and developer William Lattimore bought the property and restored the golf course. William C. Byrd, a well-known architect, was contracted to bring the golf course up to PGA standards. He also included subsurface irrigation, canals, lakes, and ponds. Lattimore renamed the facility the Savannah Inn and Country Club in 1967. It was later renamed the Sheraton Hotel.
The golf course was then separated into its own entity, the Wilmington Island Club, which had a full-service clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts.
The golf course has been a constant throughout the years. Its magnificent design and illustrious history have preserved golf's popularity. O.C. and Brianna Welch took over as new owners in 2018. To restore the sense of antiquity, the name was restored to the Savannah Country Club, which also added a new upmarket approach to eating and events.
A championship golf course created by Donald Ross may be found at Savannah Country Club. The 6715-yard, 18-hole, par 71 course features gorgeous fairways and compact well-bunked greens for a fun yet demanding experience. There are also the following features:
The Savannah Country Club clubhouse has a fully equipped pro shop as well as changing rooms. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, Savannah Country Club was a top 100 club fitter.
You'll never be bored at Savannah Country Club since there's always something to do. Whether you're meeting up with old friends or making new ones, you'll find a wide range of services and activities for the entire family! We take pride in establishing a sophisticated, yet warm and relaxed, family-friendly environment.
Their freshly restored ballroom gives a classic golf course a fresh new look. We offer a blank canvas to set the setting for your special occasion with 4,200 square feet of ballroom space and two separate rooms for large and small parties. Off the back of the balcony, the ballroom gives spectacular views of the wide golf course and grand fountain. They also have a well-kept courtyard with a covered trellis, which can be used for an outdoor wedding or ceremony.
No matter the size or occasion of your Savannah wedding, business conference, or special event, their skilled crew is here to assist you.
Pooler, Georgia is blessed to be surrounded by some of Georgia’s most amazing golf courses. Here’s our list of the best of the best you shouldn’t miss:
These amazing golf courses are located just down the street from our location just off Outlets Way at 201 Tanger Outlets Boulevard. Stop by for a visit anytime!