8 Unique Golf Experiences to Add to Your Georgia Vacation
Golfers, you'll love these places to play, practice and enjoy the sport in Georgia.
Georgia is home to more than 150 golf courses. The mild weather year-round makes it a great place to hit the links, no matter the season. And the abundance of course types means that anyone, from novice to champion, will find a course that’s right for them. A great place to start your golf adventure is on the The Georgia Golf Trail. Here are a few of the more unique golf opportunities in Georgia.
Customize Your Game
Play one of Reynolds Lake Oconee’s six award-winning golf courses with a brand new set of customized TaylorMade clubs that have been specially fit for your game! The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf by TaylorMade program will have you playing with your new clubs by the afternoon. It is one of only two such facilities in the country.
Go Back to School
Barnsley Resort in picturesque Adairsville recently opened a new golf school and hired former PGA touring pro Travis Nance as the master teaching professional. In addition to expert instruction, guests can fine tune their game with accurate feedback from state-of-the-art TrackMan technology, the same technology the pros use to analyze their swing.
Jr. Golf Tour
Georgia State Parks have eight budget-friendly golf courses around the state. In addition, these courses are also perfect for families. In fact, in an effort to grow the game of golf, the Georgia State Parks created the Georgia Junior Golf Tour, a series of seven events for kids held from March through August.
If you aren't so good with the clubs, try playing golf with your feet. Foot golf is an interesting take on the game and uses a soccer ball and larger hole instead of a golf ball and clubs. There are several foot golf locations around Georgia, including Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center on St. Simons Island.
Clubs or soccer balls don’t do it for you? What about Frisbees? Disc golf uses a Frisbee-type disc that you throw into a metal basket. It’s a great game for families and a nice way to enjoy the outdoors. There are more than 120 disc golf courses in Georgia, and some of the prettiest are located at Georgia State Parks like Richard B. Russell State Park in Elberton. You'll also want to play at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling and visit the Disc Golf Hall of Fame while you're there.
First Class Tournaments
The Masters, held in Augusta each spring, is the pinnacle of golf tournaments. Did you know the land for the Masters Golf course was once a nursery and that is why each hole is named after a tree – Magnolia (5), Redbud (16)? Georgia also has two other notable golf tournaments, the RSM Classic at luxurious The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club and the PGA Tour Championship played at the historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Golf with a Side of Wine
Looking for something to do in addition to golf? At Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in historic Braselton, there is no need to spend your entire day on the course (unless you want to). Play one of the resort’s short courses and save some time for a little pampering in the spa. Or, perhaps take a winemaker wannabe class where you can become a winemaker for the day and learn to blend and bottle your own vino.
Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
For true aficionados, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame will be getting a new home at the Georgia Golf House on the grounds of the renovated Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta’s Buckhead community. The golf course renovations are expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the Georgia Golf House construction is slated for phase 2 of the project.
In the meantime, you can learn more about Georgia golf legends like Bobby Jones, as well as standout athletes in football, baseball and many other sports at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon.
Sue Rodman is Georgia's official Smart Travel Explorer. Find more of her travel tips and trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org.