We passed under a very picture-esque exotic signature cable stay bridge in downtown Savannah. No collision clearance issues here though. The container port was not too far upriver from the bridge.
The riverfront appeared quite updated, clean and tourist friendly with its period vintage buildings.
In Savannah there was time to get off the ship long enough to catch a certified taxi which drove me right to the Crosswinds Golf Club, which I had called ahead to walk on. We passed a large military/naval installation of some sort, maybe an ordnance factory or depot
. I cannot remember exactly what the title was. It was not more than 15-20 minute taxi ride from the port. The golf course had a clubhouse with a 100 person dining room just inside the front entrance foyer. The pro shop was to the left coming in the front door. The rear side porch/verandah was quite high above the ground and the cart garage was under the clubhouse/verandah. Many steps up to the pro shop level. The rented to me a brand new set of Tour Burners for $25... very nice. The golf course I believe was only 1 or 2 years old. There was a long wooden bridge from the clubhouse out to the first tee thru a deep woods and swampy wetlands area. A very scenic ride out to the first tee which was off to the right coming out of the woods. The course may be one of the best conditioned and challenging I ever played so far. Deep and tall piney woods lined the fairways and there were no houses along the fairways or greens. Many of the other trees had the spanish moss hanging thickly. There was hardly anyone playing the course at that time. The temperature was extremely hot... 100 degrees plus, like 104 I believe, and very humid. It was dangerously hot and I was lucky not to faint. Nearby Hilton Head airport had large commercial jets were taking off overhead in intervals at certain times... very low and noisy. There was also a long wide sand bar trap dividing two fairways somewhere in the middle holes. I think one very large green was shared by two holes, one being the 17th maybe. I never saw a green with two flags before that. Just a superb golfing experience that day though.
The daytime cruise up the Savannah River took us past two shoreline Civil War forts: Fort Jackson nearer the city waterfront and Fort Pulaski on an island out near the Atlantic.