Each of the six golf courses at The Landings, a sprawling golf community on a barrier island just south of Savannah, Georgia has its own personality.
The Landings' Plantation course is known for being tough off the tee, a bit narrow in the fairway department, and so it lacks a certain appeal for many of the members.
That's a shame because it is a very scenic golf course, maybe the most scenic on the island.
The wide open views of the marshes, all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean, are never far from any of the courses on Skidaway, but the Plantation certainly knows how to use them.
The heart of the course is the middle part, holes 8, 9 and 10 in which the golf almost becomes secondary to the wide vistas. No. 8, a picturesque little par-3 is framed by Adams Creek, while the par-5 ninth hole has a gorgeous, wide view of the creek and the big waters beyond. The marsh extends all the way down the left side of the hole, intruding into the fairway about halfway down, and this is an area that nesting sea turtles love as much as the golfers.
The Plantation course was originally designed by Willard Byrd, but Clyde Johnston oversaw an update a few years ago, in which the cart paths and bunkers were re-worked; the original routing stayed the same.
Plantation is the only one of the courses on the island that doesn't re-visit the clubhouse at the turn - it goes all the way out and all the way back in.