WGA Opening - Crowd Shot

SLV Women’s Golf Association (WGA) Opens 2018 Season

by Mary Ruth Hayworth

Originally published in Shorelines Magazine, April 2018.

Thursday February 22 was not only the opening coffee of the SLV Women’s Golf Association (WGA) but also gorgeous weather following the opening for 60+ to enjoy a round of 9 or 18 holes at the beautiful Monticello course.

Barb Shelley, 2018 WGA President, is supported by officers Terri McCarbery, VP; Diana Bricely, Secretary; and Mary Markle, Treasurer. The extended team includes but is not limited to 9 and 18 hole coordinators, specialty event or activity organizers, tournament chairs, standing committees and volunteers as needed. WGA play day is each Thursday morning through the closing day prime rib dinner on November 8. Ladies were excited hearing some of the great plans for upcoming tournaments. The first one is the Member/Guest May 2 and 3. Day 1 is a practice round and an ALL-WGA girls’ evening out party at the River Grille. Marcia Krishart could not be denied attention in her specialty “Mad Hat” as she introduced the “Mad Hatter” theme and the fun plans for the 2-day activity.

WGA members participate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and Inter Club golf events, and all lady golfers may play in SC women’s state events. Although WGA membership is NOT required to participate in the state events, we were delighted to hear that the SLV WGA is the largest women’s organization in the state.

To all SLV lady golfers—join us. Registration forms are available at both Golf shops; just ask one of our outstanding golf staff for a packet of info.

To see the 2018 schedule for both 9- and 18-hole ladies, the WGA Handbook and other items of interest, including more individual pictures of newcomers, visit the WGA page on our website.

Breaking News

What better way to start the season than with a hole-in-one on Monticello #4 by Marianne Samenko. She used an 8 iron from the red tees and her ball “simply” hit in the front of the green and rolled into the cup. Lee Ann Vandiver, Pat Martin and Sheila Joyce witnessed the event. Although Marianne says she has been close over her years of playing, this is her first. She is glad to have paid to play in the WGA Hole-in-One Club and was awarded a $400 check for the accomplishment. As if that’s not enough, Marianne also won $$ in the 50/25/25 drawing that same morning at the opening coffee. Congratulations to Marianne and to all SLV WGA ladies for a great start to what looks to be a fun season!

Top Ten Reasons for Living in Savannah Lakes Village

Here’s a list of some of the most common reasons families and couples absolutely love living in this South Carolina lakefront golf and sporting community.

#10 | “Not Now Honey, I’m Video Conferencing”

Just because Savannah Lakes is encompassed by one of the most scenic and preserved areas within the southeast (see reason #3), doesn’t mean that you can’t be connected to the rest of the world. Underground utilities are installed throughout the community, including fiber-optics for high-speed digital voice, internet, and entertainment service. With one of the most advanced digital communication and entertainment systems in the world, it’s no wonder that more and more new residents are not waiting on retirement to relocate. And who can blame them… If you could trade the daily commute and corporate office city view for a refreshing morning bike ride and your own view of the lake and piedmont forest, wouldn’t you? Other utilities already installed underground to all homesites include electrical, water, and sewer along with over 86 miles of state and county owned roads.

#9 | “I’d Rather Be In Carolina”

The popular beach music song states it best… We’d all “Rather Be in Carolina.” Nothing beats the moderate climate of South Carolina with over 300 days of sunshine on average per year, all while enjoying the wonder and splendor of the changing seasons. And no matter where you are in the Palmetto State, you’re guaranteed an easy drive from special beach or mountain get-a-ways. Add to that a favorable tax structure for retirees, excellent healthcare, and a touch of our friendly southern hospitality and your soul will quickly become immersed within the rich Carolina culture.

#8 | “Bringing Advanced Healthcare Closer”

Savannah Lakes Village is fortunate to be surrounded by great healthcare services. The community is home to the Savannah Lakes Village Medical Center, which is owned and operated by the Self Regional Healthcare System. Savannah Lakes Village is also surrounded by six major hospitals, including Self Regional’s flagship hospital facility in Greenwood, SC just 30 minutes from the community. All other hospitals are within 45 minutes of the community.

#7 | “Location, Location, Location”

Stay with me here… There’s a theme that’s central to this one. Savannah Lakes Village is centrally located between two classic small towns (Lincolnton, GA and McCormick, SC), which are centrally located within the realm of Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC, and Augusta, GA. Savannah Lakes Village is also centrally located between the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic beaches, centrally located within the Sumter National Forest, and bordered on either side of the community by state parks and the Little River Blueway Outdoor Adventure Area. Savannah Lakes Village brings new meaning to being in the middle of it all!

#6 | “We’re at Your Service”

The dedicated and professional staff of Savannah Lakes Village believes in the purpose of the community and takes great pride in putting their very best on the line for members and their guests every day. In additional to all the services you would expect from the recreation, golf, and dining facilities, Savannah Lakes Village has specially trained technicians on staff to assist you with everything from regular lawn maintenance to hanging a new ceiling fan. Whatever the case may be, assistance in Savannah Lakes Village is only a call or e-mail away!

#5 | “Play the Lake!”

With two community-owned lakefront golf clubs (Tara & Monticello) along with a third lakefront golf course bordering the community at the Hickory Knob State Resort Park, playing the lake takes on a whole new meaning. That’s a total of 54 incredibly challenging holes of golf in the immediate area. Needless to say, Savannah Lakes Village is a golfer’s dream come true. All Savannah Lakes Village property owners have membership credentials at the clubs, without any initiation fees or minimums at the clubs. A flexible fee schedule allows members to either pay the member rate at the club as they go, or purchase an annual pass for the best value (see cost of living for more information).

#4 | “It All Starts With a Vision”

That is true. But at Savannah Lakes Village, residents don’t spend any time waiting for a developer to fund and fulfill their “vision” for the community… Instead, they’re out meeting friends and living an active social and recreational life through the first rate facilities and programs already established throughout our community. That’s great news if you come to Savannah Lakes to live and play… Bad news if you like the idea of “settling the frontier” of new communities or make your living as a rendering artist. Savannah Lakes Village is an established, member owned community celebrating 20 years of growth and stability. In fact, we transitioned from developer control to member ownership in December of 2000, meaning that we are now twelve plus years into this transition. This is extremely important for our community, as it means that our amenities and programs are self sufficient and not reliant on a subsidy from developer property sales. All property in Savannah Lakes Village has been sold. Anything that is available today is on the resale market and listed through independent real estate offices.

#3 | “Get Outside… It’s Naturally Green”

Savannah Lakes Village is the ultimate lakefront sporting community. This is a community where nature is alive and where recreation and the natural beauty of our surroundings are a part of our everyday life. The 4,000 acre village, which borders the 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond, plus another 63,368 acres of preserved state park and national forest land, is authentic as it gets when it comes to outdoor recreation. And the best part is that you will not have to discover the healthy aspects of an active outdoor lifestyle on your own. The community features a Rod & Gun Club for hunting and fishing interests, a very active Power Squadron for boating programs and events, and the Outdoor Adventures Club for hiking, biking, and kayaking sports.

#2 | “Water, Water Everywhere”

Lake Thurmond (also known as Clarks Hill Lake) is the largest, most pristine man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. The 71,100-acre fresh water lake is the third lake in a chain along the Savannah River, an area known as South Carolina’s “Freshwater Coast.” The lake features 1,200 nautical miles of shoreline, which (to put into perspective) is more than the coast line of California. Despite its size, the unique feature of the lake is the abundance of wildlife and natural shoreline with the absence of lakefront development and boat traffic. Only about ten percent of the shoreline is zoned for residential development, and these properties come with set-back restrictions. The result is an extremely well preserved natural habitat for viewing wildlife, fishing, boating, and water sports.

#1 | Friendly Caring Neighbors

The number one reason for living in Savannah Lakes Village is the people you meet and the friendships you will grow to cherish here. Residents of Savannah Lakes Village have relocated from across the country, and this is one of the common ties that bind people together here. As one resident recently stated it, “this is a place where genuine care and friendships are the norm.” The community is currently home to 2,100 residents and growing. The sense of community and belonging here is very strong, but is not limited to the geographic borders of our community. Residents are heavily involved throughout the region in various organizations such as the McCormick Arts Council, Abbeville Opera House, McCormick Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Exchange Club, McCormick Children’s Home, McCormick Humane Society, McCormick School District, and local and regional churches just to name a few. Our members enjoy their amenities, but especially value being able to give back to the local towns and communities in proximity to Savannah Lakes Village.

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SLV Development Partner Makes Clean Sweep of Adjacent Properties at Auction, SLV Representatives Pleased

For Immediate Release

MCCORMICK, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Savannah Lakes Village Property Owners Association (SLV) issued a statement this week that they are extremely pleased to confirm that their principal development partner, SLV Property Holdings, LLC (SLVP), has purchased at auction more than 500 acres of both developed and undeveloped properties located within the master plan of the community.

The auction was conducted Wednesday, April 4 at Hickory Knob State Park, adjacent to SLV, and included the sale of the resort peninsula and approximately 537 undeveloped acres of land bordering the village. The resort properties, formerly owned by Eight Acre, LLC and the Lodge Group, LLC — including a lodge, convention center and restaurant — had been closed for several years. SLV President Ray Tarnosky and General Manager/Chief Operating Officer Kirk Smith said the renovation and redevelopment of these properties would benefit SLV residents and McCormick County, and it will substantially increase the attractiveness of SLV as one of the finest residential communities and tourist destinations in the Southeast.

The successful bid for the resort peninsula properties totaled $1.5 million, and the bid for the 10 undeveloped properties sold was $835,000. Adding a 10 percent buyer’s premium to the price brought the total to $2,568,500.

The purchase of the auctioned properties complemented SLVP’s agreements on Tuesday, April 3, to acquire more than 2,000 home sites within Savannah Lakes Village. Tarnosky and Smith stated that very fortuitous circumstances created the opportunity to expeditiously acquire the home sites, resort facilities and undeveloped tracts of land by their development partner. They noted that they were also very fortunate to be able to work with the two principal partners of SLVP, Robert Bradley and James Walsh, in assisting them in their tireless and concerted efforts to bring these deals to fruition.