Category Archives: Sports

It’s always GOLF season!

I remember as a child, watching The Masters
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5tt56y66yThis is the primary reason I moved south nearly 20 years ago. I have zero interest in ice skating or skiing. I lived less than 10 miles from a ski resort and never went skiing there. ZERO INTEREST. I fish. I golf. I do neither in the snow. I often get asked why I moved south and my number one answer is, "golf year round".

There is just something about being out on the course, any time of day, any day of the week. Like so much of Savannah, golf here is so laid back. Probably because of the fact that we can play year round, we don't have tee times that start at 5:30am, and we don't have 5 months out of the year where our courses are closed.

Between Savannah and Hilton Head there must be thirty plus golf courses open to the public, all within a 45 minute drive of downtown Savannah!
Savannah is the home of many "firsts". Here is one many don't know. It's the birthplace of golf in the United States!
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The Savannah Golf Club started in 1794! Civil war fortifications on the property were left in tact as part of the design of the course. Unfortunately this is a private course, but there are so many public and "semi-private" courses to choose from in the area.

For quality courses close to downtown, your best bets are The Club at Savannah Harbor, Wilmington Island Golf Club, and Southbridge Golf Club. Other good choices in the Savannah area include Henderson Gold Club and Crosswinds Golf Club.

For a little longer drive out of Savannah, the Bluffton/Hilton Head area is a virtual mecca of golf. While there are great choices on Hilton Head itself the best deals are located "off island" in Bluffton. My absolute favorite course in the area is Hilton Head National. Located Off island it rivals the quality of any of the semi-private resort courses on Hilton Head for much less money.

Insider tip: Use Golf Now to book your tee time. It's free to use and can save you over 50% on tee times.

The quality of golf in the Savannah area is recognized by the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour by back to back tournaments here in the area. The PGA's RBC Heritage visits Hilton Head the week after The Masters and the following week the Champions Tour visits Savannah with The Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. This is a great time to be here as many of the professional golfers play both tournaments and stay in the area for both weeks. (Many can be seen in our restaurants and local watering holes)

Alligator-golf-ball-300x200With our warm climate and plethora of great golf courses, Savannah is a great place to visit for thegolfer and golf fan any time of year. While playing, keep an eye out for alligators and bald Eagles during your round. They can be found around the area year round!

Some local golf trivia:

PGA Tour Pros Brian Harmon and Gene Sauers hail from Savannah.

The movie The Legend of Bagger Vance was filmed in parts of Savannah.

Boys of Summer

IMAG0476_BURST015It’s springtime in Savannah! It’s just a glorious time to be here. With our St. Patrick’s Day event, Savannah Music Festival, pro golf visits, endless flowers in bloom, not to mention PERFECT

WEATHER! Springtime also brings one of my favorite Savannah activities …
Savannah Sand Gnat baseball!

2407839335_977e74687b_zThe history of the Sand Gnats in Savannah dates back to 1904! Historic Grayson Stadium , the Savannah Sand Gnats home, was constructed the year Marilyn Monroe and Andy Griffith were born, 1926. A year that saw the first flight over the north pole, the first transatlantic phone call (from London to NYC), and the passing of Annie Oakley 

After a hurricane leveled much of the original structure in August of 1940, a rebuliding effort began on the stadium in 1941 spearheaded by it’s namesake, Spanish-American War veteran, General William L. Grayson. Though the United States entry into World War II delayed the completion of the metal roof, play continued during the 1941 season as the rebuilding progressed.

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Historic Grayson Stadium, like it’s home of Savannah, has seen history and made some along the way.
It has had legends such as Shoeless Joe Jackson, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson play on it’s turf. It also saw the South Atlantic League color barrier break in the with Al (Izzy) Israel and Junior Reedy in the 1953 Opening Day line up.

Since 1996 the Savannah Sand Gnats have placed 62 players into “the show” (the major leagues)! It’s what I love about seeing minor league ball. The chance to see someone play that, in a few years, will be building a hall of fame resume.

The opening day game for the Gnats this year is April 4th and the regular season runs into September. That gives us plenty of opportunities to enjoy a day at the park. Different days mean
different things at Grayson and my favorite, “Thirsty Thursdays”, appeal to many Savannahians need for beer and drinks. Nearly every night features some sort of promotion including many nights of fireworks! Enjoy a day at the park during your visit! Watch the future visit the past during the present!

(insider tip) Bring bug spray!
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Evidently actual sand gnats enjoy warm still nights and baseball fans of Savannah. Also, enjoy the antics of Gnate the Gnat! of sports BEST mascots! Gnate has his own Facebook page and has been featured on ESPN!

 

Boys Weekend

With Father’s Day this weekend, why not make it all about Dad? Maybe grab the clubs and hit the links at any of Savannah’s golf courses – or make it a day and head over to Hilton Head, where they’re known for their prestigious courses. Sea Pines offers three world-class courses that are a favorite of the some of the PGA Tour Pros. Take the day and make a trip down to St. Augustine and tour the World Golf Hall of Fame where you can take advantage of free admission for the day and challenge each other to a free round on the putting course.

 

If golf isn’t your Dad’s thing, then get down and dirty this Saturday at the annual JCB Mud Run. Put yourself to the ultimate physical challenge of mud, dirt and water in this 4.3 mile course where you’ll encounter water gauntlets, logs, a plunge, bear crawls and more! Proceeds from this event benefit the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development helping working mothers and minority families in the Savannah community. Hang around for the after-party food, drinks and live music from The Trainwrecks!
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Does Dad fancy himself a foodie? You know – the neighborhood Grill Master and King of his Kitchen? Then help him hone his skills further and sign him up for the only hands-on cooking school in Savannah; 700 Kitchen Cooking School at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Executive Director, Chef Darin Sehnert, leads the class from start to finish while you help to prepare an entire meal. Along the way, the Chef will cover knife skills, kitchen tips and tricks and at the end of class you’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal that you helped make!
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No matter what you decide to do this weekend, enjoy the time you have with your Dad and remember to take a moment to tell him much he means to you.

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Football Season might not kick-off until September, but you’ll have the chance to meet up with some of the Jacksonville Jaguars players, coaches and cheerleaders as they caravan into Savannah tomorrow night at the Charles H. Morris center.  Bring the family for music, food, games, prizes, and get autographs from those scheduled to participate like Brad Meester, Greg Jones, Zach Miller, Quarterback Blaine Gabbert and former Jaguar, Tony Boselli.
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If baseball is your sport of choice, then you won’t want to miss the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats double header tomorrow night as they take on the Ashville Tourists.  It’s Thirsty Thursday and that means half-price small sodas and beers all night!  It’s also Ladies’ Night, which means ladies pay only $5 admission with this coupon.  They’ll be at home for a stretch next week taking on the Charleston River Dogs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each day is a different promotion; from $1 off tickets, to buy one-get-one beer, to free webkinz for the kids.  Check out all the discounts here!
 

Want something a little more fast paced?  Then you won’t want to miss the Savannah Derby Devils next week as they host a back-to-back bout against the Palmetto State Rollergirls of Myrtle Beach.  These girls might be rough and tough on the track, but they have a soft heart and give back to the community by partnering with local non-profit groups at each game.  Next week, all raffle proceeds will go to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and you’re encouraged to bring a canned food item. This family-friendly event will have you rockin’ and rollin’ with live music and kids activities, so bring the family.  Kids 2 – 12 are only $2. (Adults $12 – $16). 

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If you’re following the NBA finals, you can belly up to just about any bar and catch the game – Churchill’s Pub, Wild Wing and Coach's Corner are some of the local favorites for any game day.
While Savannah might not have a national team, we’re happy with our small town favorites and support them with the same heart.  We hope you’ll join us!

Dueling You Tube Videos for 15 G’s

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A recent video created for You Tube by the Savannah Convention and Visitor’s Bureau does an excellent job of capturing the essence of our Top Ten Vacation Destination, Savannah’s Landmark Historic District. Typical of the Hostess City, some of our locals have a tendency to throw stones at those that are paid to promote Destination Savannah as doubtless some if these videographers believe they could create a better online offering here in the Creative Coast. As the Savannah Morning News reports in the excerpt below, a lot of fun was had by the cast during the production.

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General James Oglethorpe’s statue in Chippewa Square faces south in tribute to his prowess in defending the new colony of Georgia from the Spanish. On Wednesday, Oglethorpe took an extended break from guard duty, at least on YouTube. Visit Savannah brought the statue “to life” for its first promotional film developed exclusively for the video-sharing website. The clip portrays Oglethorpe coming down from his pedestal to lead a dancing Conga line of tourists and locals through the Historic District he designed.

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More than 100 locals appear in the video, which was shot in one day earlier this year. “It’s very clever because some see history as boring, and Savannah is not boring. It’s a living history museum,” Wood said. “The video shows off how fun the town is without sacrificing our dignity. We’re not a theme park, and we don’t want to be. The video strikes a balance.”

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But the locals didn’t think so much of the video and as a result, you too can receive a grand prize of $15,000 if your Destination Savannah Video does as well as the one paid for by the Savannah CVB based on a recent television news report.

Savannah Getaways Guarantee – We will never Gouge

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Just came across a late breaking ad today on Craigslist Savannah for the upcoming sold out Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon that was a real eye opener. Seems this most likely upscale facility as offered by the owner is well placed to the finish line of this November 3 – 4 running event as they advertise. And you would think that a 3700 square foot 3 bedroom, 3.5 Bath Victorian District Vacation Rental with a swimming pool would be a prime Savannah vacation rental when compared side by side to all the other upscale Savannah Vacation Rentals we offer for this inaugural running event, Right?

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Not so fast my friends. There is a reason this property was not snapped up month’s ago in April and May like our long ago sold out availability was taken out of circulation by savvy marathoners looking for upscale accommodations at affordable rates. Check out listing # 1031 a few blocks away from the above Hall Street listing or listing # 1009 that overlooks Crawford Square in the true Landmark Historic District. Instead of six runners paying this property owner at least $625 apiece for a three night stay, you could have been like the smart shoppers staying at Savannah's most popular vacation rental options above at serious savings over that rate at $200 and $265 apiece respectively. The take away should be obvious. Do your due diligence to determine who the premier Savannah Vacation Rental Management Company is, Savannah Getaways, and book your reservations accordingly if value and savings are part of your shopping priority.

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Not only do you live like a local when staying with Savannah’s oldest & highest ranked Savannah Vacation Rentals resource in coastal Georgia according to both Trip Advisor AND Flip Key, if you shop the rest and stay with the best, you will actually save money with our budget friendly Savannah Getaways townhouses and condominiums. Don’t be a rookie traveler returning to next year’s Rock and Roll Marathon event and stay at the mercy of Savannah Vacation Rentals by Amateur. Be smart next year, contact our year round Savannah Reservation Desk upon your return home THIS YEAR and nail down next year’s sure to be sold out rock and roll marathon vacation rentals rowhouse scheduled to be run on November 3 in 2012 AND save money all at the same time.

Rock & Roll Marathon in Savannah

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Based on early pre-bookings for our always busy reservation desk here at Savannah Getaways, the first ever Rock and Roll Marathon to be ran in Savannah the first weekend in November is going to be a monster of an athletic event. We have already sold out our entire inventory of 3+ bedroom Savannah Vacation Rental homes (many closely located to the actual marathon route) before the official start of summer for this outdoor running event. We have been supplying upscale rental accommodations in the landmark historic district for the Savannah Memorial Bridge Run that takes place every December, and understand what a popular event for area runners this run is but we have been knocked over by the response to the R&R Marathon event that marries distance runners, all manner of musical bands that play along the way along with cheerleaders and themed water stations interspersed throughout the route.

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Courtesy message, for those runners coming to savannah’s in two’s, three’s and four’s, the Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon Event  will be a vacation rental sale out within the historic district. Select your lodging options early while you still can, presuming vacation rental weekend lodging is what you have in mind within the honest to goodness landmark historic district for this event durng the fall high season. Hard to give a great last minute vacation rental deal when al we have left is sold out of inventory!

Jingle Bell Rock & Jingle Bell Run in Savannah

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The month of December in Savannah is always popular for distance runners thanks to the mild winters and our popular Enmark Savannah Bridge Run that had their annual event yesterday morning. An estimated 5000 runners turned out for the 5K, 10K and Double Pump run across the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge from the Historic District side of the Savannah River to the Hucthinson Island side of the river. According to a Savannah Now article, the costumed runners that participated showed up in their best costume design but the winners were the "real life" characters of President Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and five U.S. Secret Service male and female agents.

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No worries If you missed the Savannah Bridge Run yesterday. There is still time to plan your Savannah  holiday sports getaway and enter the inaugural Jingle Bell Run/Walk Jingle bell logo
that will take place from the Hutchinson Island side of the River later this month. This 8K run will start from the presenter's parking lot, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Saturday morning, December 18th. There will be a Kids' Run where the younger marathoners can run that fun event for free. After all the races are complete, a Chili Cook Off will be in store with celebrity judges! And yet again, another costume contest will also be apart of the event, so come dressed for the holiday spirit! All proceeds will benefit the Rape Crisis Center.

Hacking your way through the best Low Country Golf Courses

My introduction to a table top book about Golf in the Lowcountry recently caught my attention about one of coastal South Carolina and coastal Georgia’s single greatest attractions. This book by Joel Zuckerman is well worth reading if you are a golf junkie like my son in law and reservation desk manager, Aubrey, is.

Mr Zuckerman is an award winning writer of some note. His links reviews and travel features been read in numerous publications all across the golfing world, including Sports Illustrated, T&LGolf and Golfweek to name but a few. His "Golf in the Lowcountry—An Extraordinary Journey through Hilton Head Island & Savannah", was first published back in 2003. Read the below partially excerpted information gleaned from this fine book. 

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In the beginning golf out on Lowcountry Hilton Head Island began its rise to golf prominence in the modern era back in 1969.  At that time Pete Dye, in association with Jack Nicklaus, created the esteemed Harbour Town Golf Links. When Arnold Palmer won the island’s inaugural PGA Tour event at Harbour Town, the Heritage Classic, on Thanksgiving weekend of the same year, Hilton Head was off and running as a golf destination

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The ensuing decades have seen tremendous growth in the Carolina Lowcountry and nearby Georgia coast, both in quantity and quality of golf experiences. The game has become such an integral part of life here that the area was named among the top ten international golf destinations by Golf Digest in 2000. Now, long time Carolina Morning News golf writer, Joel Zuckerman, has delivered a delightful paean to the region with his book, Golf in the Lowcountry—An Extraordinary Journey through Hilton Head Island & Savannah.

Zuckerman’s later book, Golf Charms of Charleston about golf in the Charleston area was recently released as well. Just one more reason to visit the Georgia/Carolina Low Country Sea Islands

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Hammering Hank and Terrible Ted to be Honored

Today it was announced that baseball legend Henry Aaron and CNN Founder Ted Turner will be honored as new Georgia Trustees at the Georgia Historical Society’s Hodgson Hall location adjacent to Forsyth Park. The Georgia Days Birthday Bash and Awards Gala should be a well attended event for the always busy Valentine Day Kick Off of Savannah’s High Season next spring. The event will take place in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, February 13, 2010 according to the excerpt below from the Georgia History website:

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Mr. Aaron and Mr. Turner are being recognized for their historic achievements, philanthropic contributions, and vast community service that have played such an important part in the story of Georgia. They are two of the most important Georgians in post-World War II America.

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In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Historical Society reconstituted the Georgia Trustees as a way of recognizing Georgians whose accomplishments and community service reflect the highest ideals of the founding body of Trustees. The original Georgia Trustees, a governing body chartered and appointed by His Majesty King George II of England in 1732 to establish a new colony in North America, founded the Georgia colony upon the principle of Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, “Not for Self but for Others.” They established and governed the colony with this vision until their disbandment in 1752 when Georgia became a royal colony. Reestablished in 2009, the Governor will make an annual appointment of new Trustees whose history-making accomplishments and service reflect the original Trustees’ ideals. Mr. Aaron's and Mr. Turner's names will be placed on the roll with the original Trustees from 1732.

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The Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in Savannah, is the oldest cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical organizations in the nation.

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