The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce recently co-awarded SLV and the Savannah Lakes Real Estate and Development Center with the Award of Excellence for Business. The presentation of this award was quite a surprise to SLV representatives in attendance and to representatives from the Development Partner. Bob Stockton is a reporter for the McCormick Messenger, and he provided coverage of the McCormick Chamber's annual meeting on January 31, 2019. Here is Mr. Stockton's article:
Our men's Member/Guest Invitational Tournament is an annual affair, one that we look forward to every year.
The 2018 Member/Guest event kicked off on a balmy Thursday, October 4 and concluded Saturday, October 6. Our roster of players and guests included fathers and sons, brothers, friends, and even a few former neighbors. The guests hailed from 17 different states from coast to coast, and one guest even traveled from Switzerland. Our agenda included a chipping and putting contest, two full rounds of competitive golf, a final playoff for the flight winners, and no less than 8 different meals and social events. Our lakefront courses, Tara and Monticello were on full display during a couple of days of nearly ideal golf weather — even if a touch on the warm side.
This is a beloved time of spirited competition and fellowship, both on and off the course! It's difficult to convey the essence of the experience at Member/Guest. But from our members' individual hospitality efforts to the SLV team, it is an all-hands-on-deck opportunity to show our guests what it is like to live and play at SLV.
Our marketing director captured hundreds of images from the golf and social events, and we have curated a few to share here:
by Mary Ruth Hayworth
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.
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!
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 71,000+ 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 more than 2,400 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.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Dinner Service Begins: 5:00pm
Rainbow Row. The Battery. Patriot's Point. The Market.
Charleston, South Carolina is one of America's iconic cities. The centuries since its founding have given rise to some unique cultural and culinary traditions. Chef John Caswell has assembled a limited menu of soups, salads, entrées and desserts that will have your taste buds convinced you're visiting Charleston. No tickets are required for the dinner, but please, make reservations as you normally would.
Now for something a little different...
Chef John Caswell is planning an intimate instructional session on several items from his Charleston menu! If you have ever wanted to recreate the magic you experience at the River Grille in your own kitchen, don't miss this special event. Tickets are $10 each, and with admission to the instructional, you will receive a free Charleston light dragon punch (the drink we're featuring with the meal). We are limited to only 30 tickets for this special event. Contact River Grille to purchase your ticket and reserve your spot for this special instructional.
Instructional: 4:30pm (ticket required)
Here is the menu for the evening:
- She Crab Soup
- Tomato & Feta Bisque
- Beet & Strawberry Salad
- Plums & Tomato Salad
- Grilled Tilefish
- Beer Battered Soft Shell Crabs
- Herb Marinated Hanger Steak
- Cornmeal Fried Pork Chops
- Pound Cake with Walnut Chocolate Gravy
- Carolina Gold Rice Pudding
All entrées are served with your choice of starch and vegetables. Starches for this evening will be Vidalia onion gratin potatoes and goat cheese herb mashed potatoes. Vegetables are roasted okra and fried green tomatoes.
Members may make reservations by calling 391-4163.