Virtually all activities are on site at The Landings or close by. Tennis players can choose any of 34 Har-Tru courts. There is a popular community dog park and a 2½- mile nature trail through 50 acres of undisturbed forest and thicket. Two deep water marinas provide storage for boats and a 10-minute trip to the Atlantic Ocean. More than 150 stocked manmade lagoons on the property support those interested in bass fishing. Although The Landings does not have a beach, it is less than a 10-minute boat ride to a "private beach" on the state-owned Wassau Island.
Residents are an active and involved bunch, right from the moment they land at The Landings. A New Neighbors Group comprises any new residents who want to join for their first two years in the community. The group holds lunches once a month, invites speakers to present on topics of local interest, and they all volunteer as a group at local organizations. It is a quick way to acclimate to a new community, and it sets a tone of engagement that seems to characterize The Landings residents.
The sense of community on the island, however, does not stop residents from strong feelings of regionalism. It was a hoot watching The Landings' closed circuit TV channel that announced that the Ohio group would be getting together for some activity, the Illinois group for another, and so on. Every state in the union is represented in the community, and a fair number of countries as well, and it is typical for pennants to emerge and wagers to be placed at times of national sporting contests.
With all this discretionary activity, one might get the feeling that this is a retirement community, but 40 percent of the families that live in The Landings include at least one member working full-time. Even the retirees who filled out our foursomes on the golf course were on the young side (e.g. the former pharmaceutical executive from New Jersey and his wife who are both well short of 60). However, The Landings is not a bad place to grow old. Three well-rated hospitals are within 20 minutes of the community. Everyone we met sang the praises of "First Responders," the Landings emergency medical team. An assisted living center was recently opened on the island just outside The Landings' gates, and although it is independently run, residents who leave the community to live there are offered continuing social membership in the Landings' clubs.
Those guiding the future of The Landings are being careful to make sure no maintenance is deferred on the golf course or in the community at large. A good slug of every new initiation fee goes into a capital fund, and one of the six courses undergoes cosmetic surgery every year, whether it means refurbished bunkering or repaved cart paths or a combination of things. Members have been hit with only one assessment over the last 13 years, $1,600 per member to redo the Marshwood course, originally designed in 1974 by Arnold Palmer, one of his first. Club dues increase at about the consumer price index each year. Annual property-owners-association dues are $1,250.
Since the developers of The Landings turned the property over to the owners nine years ago, the property owners association has run The Landings Company, the community's on-site real estate agency,. All profits from real estate sales go back into the kitty to fund community needs as well as The Landings' $1 million communication budget. The Landings has much to communicate.
We can't think of a single amenity or convenience that is missing at The Landings. The variety of golf courses, its proximity to Savannah and all that a good-sized city offers in terms of culture, entertainment, shopping and healthcare make The Landings a comfortable choice for anyone looking for a diverse and active lifestyle. If you are interested in more information about The Landings, or want to visit, send us an email and we will be pleased to arrange things.
Coming tomorrow: Notes on the Palmetto and Deer Creek courses.
The background of moving carts behind #18 at the Palmetto Course just adds to the challenge of the approach shot.
Tom Fazio's Deer Track course at The Landings is not as tough as Hills' Palmetto course, but some holes are no pushovers by any means.