Golf Greens, Blue Water and Everything in Between
Savannah is a nature-lover’s paradise. From winding rivers and vast marshland to sprawling parks lined with magnificent live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the city’s outdoor landscape is simply breathtaking. There are numerous ways to take advantage of Savannah’s outdoor beauty, whether you enjoy fishing, lounging at the beach, kayaking, hiking, biking or simply strolling through quaint squares. And of course, there is also the favorite pastime of porch sitting (and drinking).
If you prefer to be a spectator, Savannah has a minor league baseball team, the Savannah Sand Gnats, and several championship college teams that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Savannah boasts 15 major recreation centers
with the largest facility — Bacon Park — comprising 500 acres packed with tennis courts, an archery range, ball fields, a 27-hole golf course, a soccer complex, weightlifting center and softball complex. Other rec centers provide fishing, swimming, sailing and picnicking facilities, along with jogging, bicycle and nature trails.
If your idea of serenity is a pristine green on a beautiful day, Savannah’s the place to be. Savannah has several courses open to the public, including the Club at Savannah Harbor, the Wilmington Island Club, Bacon Park Golf Course, Henderson Golf Club, Southbridge and Crosswinds, plus numerous private, championship courses including residential golf courses at Savannah Quarters and six golf courses at The Landings. Nearby is Hilton Head Island, dubbed “the golf island.”
The Savannah region is a boater's paradise, with 420 miles of navigable waters dissecting 87,000 acres of tidal marshlands. Within a 50-mile radius, there are 20 marinas with scores of companies offering kayaking, deep-sea charter fishing and dolphin tours, bird watching, paddle boarding and boat rentals. Those who prefer to explore on their own can sail out to Wassaw Sound, site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games’ yachting events.
fans will find plenty to cheer about in Savannah. The Sand Gnats, a Class A baseball team, captured the South Atlantic League championship three times during the 1990s and again in 2013. Grayson Stadium, built in 1941, is one of the gems of minor league parks in the South, with a roster of legendary athletes who have played there, including Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Shoeless Joe Jackson.
The city’s local colleges have football, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, track and field, and volleyball teams, several of which have won division titles in their respective sports. Nearby Statesboro is home to the Georgia Southern University Eagles, which has won six national championships in Division I-AA football since 1985.
Other popular sporting events include the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament, Critz Tybee Run, Memorial Health Hockey Classic, Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run and the Savannah Challenger USTA pro tennis tournament.