SKIDAWAY ISLAND, Ga. - The Oakridge golf course is one of the favorites of the six layouts at The Landings golf community on Skidaway Island near Savannah.
"This is probably our most popular course with the members," said Mike Werneke, who came south nine years ago with his wife from New Jersey. "It's a little shorter and the older folks like to play it."
Oakridge is only 6,675 yards from the back tees, not that the back of the bus gets much play from members or guests. Many will play from the "tournament" tees at 6,207 yards and most will play from the "club" tees at only 5,871 yards.
That's probably best because Oakridge isn't about slamming the driver. It's all about the short game here, though there are still some interesting looks off the tees.
The golf course was designed by Arthur Hills, his second design at the Landings, and it has the graceful contours Hills is known for - the semi-rolling fairways through pine, oak and other coastal island vegetation, as well as the bursts of color from the azaleas around the many homes that line the perimeter of the layout.
The short game is important here because you're usually coming into small, elevated and multi-tiered greens that drop off on one, two or three sides, and most of them have some vexing slope and undulation to deal with. Most of the course's movement picks up around the tricky green complexes. The putter and whatever you use to get up and down are the priority golf clubs here.