Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today, Boardroom Magazine, Bliss Awards, and Savannah Magazine all laud The Landings Golf & Athletic Club as a top private community.

GREATER SAVANNAH, GEORGIA (Skidaway Island): The Landings has worked diligently to become a community that appeals to generations of families. In the past decade, $62 million in capital projects were completed. Latest enhancements include the Marshwood Clubhouse and Franklin Pool Complex, a renovated Magnolia Course, and a new Golf Performance Center at the Deer Creek Course. With everything accessible by hopping into a golf cart, its convenience is undeniable.

“The Landings Golf & Athletic Club is most recognized for its six courses, all designated as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, set against a backdrop of stately hardwood forests, unspoiled saltwater marshes, and tranquil tidal creeks,” said Cliff Frohn. “But for our family, the club represents so much more.”

An Evolution of Change

 Cliff and Beth Frohn have been active members for the past sixteen years. As careers led to retirement and children led to grandchildren, it was apparent the couple had discovered their forever home.

“One of our sons surprised us by moving his family from Richmond, Virginia, to The Landings,” explained Beth Frohn. “We are the ‘poster child’ of a family enjoying the good life. Our grandsons [aged 8 and 10] enjoy the club’s two pool pavilions and treks to The Deck for a smoothie or snack, our son and daughter-in-law [in their 40s] look forward to frequent sunset cruises on our family boat, and Cliff and I [in our 60s] are the big golfers.

“When we relocated, I must admit, I was apprehensive. Cliff was still working full-time and our social network was non-existent. Within six months, we had so many invitations to parties and club events that we had to buy a bigger calendar. The food and beverage team at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club is simply the best. Their outside-the-box thinking produces so many one-of-a-kind events that we almost become jaded with options. Several of the more unusual functions include An Evening in Paris, the Myriad Ball, and Dinner Aboard the Orient Express.”

A Prism of Viewpoints

 “I was fortunate to retire early and felt I still had a lot of fuel in the tank so I joined The Landing Golf & Athletic Club’s Board of Governors,” recalled Cliff. “Our directive was to evaluate in a fiscal conservative manner how to: (1) attract new members to the club, (2) keep existing members from resigning, and (3) create engaging amenities that encourage residents to use the facilities more frequently.

“Through the use of focus groups, we crafted a five-year capital improvement plan to maintain, for that matter increase, The Landings Golf & Athletic Club’s brand as one of America’s finest communities,” continued Cliff.

“As you can imagine, and to no great surprise, suggestions ran the gamut. What was a big surprise was that I had not considered the sentimental value our members had for existing facilities. When the plan was approved to build a new clubhouse at our Marshwood Course, you could sense emotions from fond memories over the years. So, we held a ‘going away’ party with a 1970s theme that encouraged members to write remembrances on the walls. I think some found it cathartic.”

Lessons Learned

 The hallmark of The Landings Golf & Athletic Club is member access to courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, and Willard Byrd.

“I can’t imagine playing the same course over and over again for 25 years,” winced Cliff. “It keeps me on my toes to play different layouts where each have subtle nuances.”

Next year will mark the fifth anniversary of The Landings Golf & Athletic Club hosting a Korn Ferry tournament.

“Both of us have volunteered since day one,” smiled Beth. “For two years, I have chaired the Housing Committee, matching players with residents willing to open their doors. We had so much member participation that we had enough inventory to house not only the players and their families, but the caddies too.

“The Korn Ferry competitor whose family stayed with us was a pure joy. As a thank you, they cooked dinner for us one night and the conversation turned emotional. The pro had been grinding away in mini-tours for years chasing the dream. He reinforced in us to never give up our passions in life.

“They thought we were doing them a favor by sharing our house,” concluded Beth. “In reality, they did us a favor by reminding us the importance of persistence.”

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