Club fitting at The Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia

Club fitting at The Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia

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 Georgia Golf Trail. Here are a few of the more unique golf opportunities in Georgia.

Customize Your Game

Putter Lab at the Kingdom of Golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee

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 Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee 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

Jim Fazio designed the course at Barnsley Resort to blend into the natural surroundings. Golfers might believe they are in Scotland for the first few holes. - Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort in picturesque Adairsville has a golf school, where, in addition to expert instruction, guests can fine tune their game with accurate feedback from state-of-the-art TrackMan technology. It's the same technology the pros use to analyze their swing.

Golf with the Family

Junior golf

Georgia State Parks have eight budget-friendly golf courses around the state. In addition, these courses are also perfect for families.

Foot Golf

Play foot golf at Sea Palms Resort for a new twist on the game. - Photo courtesy Sea Palms Resort, Facebook

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.

Disc Golf

International Disc Golf Center, Facebook

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

Photo courtesy of Masters Tournament

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 on Sea Island and the PGA Tour Championship played at the historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Golf with a Side of Wine

Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia

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.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia

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.

Published: March 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman