The Georgia Golf Trail: Great American Golf with Southern Hospitality

The Georgia Golf Trail: Great American Golf with Southern Hospitality

The Georgia Golf Trail has something no other state can offer, superb golf with first class accommodations and genuine southern hospitality. From the mountains over the plains to the beautiful Atlantic coast there are fantastic routes in short detours from the interstates.

Whether on Interstates 75, 85, or 95 through the state of Georgia, golfers can choose from a collection of 25 world-class courses that feature some of the best designs in the Southeast.

Georgia’s temperate climate allows it to be played all over the state all year round. Whether you’re playing golf amidst the glowing azaleas and dogwood blossoms in spring, enjoying a round on the coast cooled by the sea breeze in summer, playing mountain golf in the bright colors of autumn or pullover weather in winter, The Georgia Golf Trail offers 365 days the perfect short breaks in the year.

Sky Valley Golf is located in the northern part of the state and borders North Carolina. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

In the northern part of Peach State, the Blue Ridge Mountains form the backdrop for the venues north of the state capital Atlanta.

Located just south of the North Carolina border, Sky Valley Country Club, the northernmost, coolest and highest golf course in the state, takes players on an aesthetic and challenging journey through the valley, along babbling creeks, waterfalls, ponds and lakes and then climbs up the mountainside before returning to the finish holes at the beautiful Clubhouse.

Brasstown Valley, located in Young Harris, calmly redefines the typical mountain vacation and truly has one of the most beautiful and best-maintained golf courses in Georgia.

Designed by Georgia’s own master architect Denis Griffiths, the award-winning layout winds through forests, nature reserves, around ponds and streams and is framed by the mountains.

Managed by Coral Hospitality, Brasstown Valley Resort has 102 well-appointed lodge rooms and 32 cottage guest rooms, Equani Spa, 5 miles of bridle paths, sport fishing, quail hunting and playing fields.

Brasstown Valley GolfBrasstown Valley is located in Young Harris and is a mountain getaway destination. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

In Alpine Helen, the tiny Bavarian hamlet that is the third most visited area in Georgia, which is 6,500 meters Innsbruck Golf Club is pure mountain golf at its best. The challenging and beautiful golf course is a great addition to a visit to Helen.

There are special Kodak moments including the castle-like clubhouse high above the two final holes and mountain views while playing on the curved grass greens. The Valhalla Resort Hotel is the perfect place to stay and play just a few minutes’ walk from the clubhouse.

Chestatee Golf Club is located on the Ga-400 Highway in Dawsonville and is nestled between the hills and the shores of Lake Lanier, one of the most beautiful lakes in the southeast. Denis Griffiths’ immaculate 18-hole, par-71 championship design, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, will challenge the best golfers from the top while allowing less mortals a comfortable round of appropriately shorter tees.

Tip: Golfers can send the family’s non-golfers to the nearby North Georgia Premium Outlets while they play.

In Braselton, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort sits on the hills of vineyards north of Atlanta with 45 holes of challenging golf designed by Griffiths who lives on the property and is managed by Troon, a David Pelz golf school and comfortable accommodations. The facility has just completed a $ 25 million renovation.

The Georgia Golf Trail: Chateau Elan Winery & ResortThe Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is located in Braselton, north of Atlanta. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

East of Atlanta, visitors and golfers alike can enjoy the remarkable Steinberg Park, Georgia’s # 1 tourist attraction, with two outstanding Marriott-managed golf courses: The stonemont Golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1969, offers a classic challenge that emphasizes accuracy and strategic course management.

The Lakemont Designed by Georgia-born John LaFoy, the golf course offers incredible views of the Stone Mountain sculpture that winds around Stone Mountain Lake with ten water holes. Stay at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort to experience golf and the park to the fullest.

Exit Atlanta on Interstate 20 west, The frog golf club in Villa Rica is considered one of the top tracks in the state. The over 7,000-yard parkland style is one of the finest designs by Tom Fazio, an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary managed by Honors Golf.

The Georgia Golf Trail: The Frog Golf ClubThe Frog Golf Club is located in Villa Rica, west of Atlanta. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

Georgia State Parks is a network of 61 individual state parks, eight of which have golf courses with no houses, no crowds, and no noise. Nestled in the rolling hills of the upper region of the state of Piedmont lies one of Northern Georgia’s best-kept secrets: the Highland Walk Golf course in Victoria Bryant State Park near Royston.

Believe me when I say: this is no easy walk. This sophisticated Griffiths design features crowned fairways that lead to generously sloping Bermuda greens. The 6,800 yard Arrowhead is one of the most scenic in all of Peach State and is located in Richard B. Russell State Park with 10 of the holes on the shores of beautiful Lake Russell.

The brook at hard work is another Griffiths design that measures 6,444 yards with the infamous # 10, “the toughest hole in Georgia”. The narrow and challenging layout will test your shooting ability at every point.

The Georgia Golf Trail: Reynolds Lake OconeeReynolds Lake Oconee is located about 85 miles east of Atlanta in the hilly Georgia Lakeland. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

With 117 holes of golf, Reynolds Lake Oconee is the ultimate golf destination. Golf course architects Bob Cupp, Jim Engh, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jack Nicklaus all contributed to making it the preeminent mecca of golf. Accommodation includes the Lake House, cottages and a Ritz Carlton Hotel for your stay. Boating, archery, sand, and water sports are all available. Visit the Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade for instruction and club customization.

Located on the banks of the Savannah River and just a 90-second ferry ride from downtown historic downtown, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa offers golfers an upscale experience in Georgia’s oldest city. Designed by Bob Cupp in collaboration with Hall of Famer Sam Snead, the challenging 7,300 yard Club in Savannah Harbor is managed by Troon and it is a pure pleasure to play with the beautiful skyline and lowland views. Completely remodeled in 2019, the Westin is the perfect place to soak up historic Savannah.

The Georgia Golf Trail: Callaway Resort and GardensCallaway Resort and Gardens is located in Pine Mountain, on the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

The ‘grand daddy’ of all Georgia resorts is Callaway Resort and Gardens in the Kiefernberg. Callaway Gardens was founded in 1952 in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is a 2,500 hectare nature reserve with numerous nature and sports activities.

Callaway dates back to the 1990s when the PGA Tour came to play the Buick Challenge and is still a favorite with golfers who love the two aesthetically beautiful championship courses, Lake View & Mountain View, designed by Dick Wilson, and the Enjoy the variety of accommodations at the resort.

Back to the southern five State Park Golf Courses: Head south on I-75, nearly 7,000 yards, par 71 Brazells Creek Course is another Griffiths design with two different nines connected by a 1,500 yard bridge and located in Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in New Claxton, home of the famous fruitcake.

The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker, the first state park named in honor of a woman, is located on the northern edge of Okefenokee Swamp near Waycross and has three large lakes to maneuver on this sophisticated Steve Burns design . The last three are managed by Coral Hospitality: Meadow Links Golf Club Located in George T. Bagby State Park on the shores of Lake George in Fort Gaines is a 7,000-yard William Byrd layout that is a delight to view.

Little Ocmulgee course Wallace Adams State Park is a sneak peek at Augusta National, with its towering pines, hardwoods, and magnolias lining the free-flowing fairways that meander around the pristine rolling hills. Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Club is a fabulous design by Denis Griffiths in the beautiful Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club.

The Georgia Golf Trail: Sapelo Hammock Golf ClubSapelo Hammock Golf Club is located in Shellman Bluff, north of Savannah. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

Coming south from Savannah on I-95, Sapelo Hammock Golf Club Golf is tucked away in the small hamlet of Shellman Bluff. This challenging course circles the swamplands of South Georgia and defines the routing of the layout in a unique links style and is a great opportunity to stay and play.

About half an hour south of Sapelo near Brunswick are some great golf resorts on the Golden Isles, a group of barrier islands along the Atlantic coast. Sea island is an exclusive travel destination with three championship golf courses and home to the PGA Tour’s RSM classic moderated by Davis Love III.

The King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort is a historic oceanfront hotel on St. Simons Island with a spectacular golf course on the north end of the island, named Georgia # 1 by Golf Advisor.

The Georgia Golf Trail: The Jekyll Island Golf ClubThe Jekyll Island Golf Club is located on the island of the same name and is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia. (Courtesy Georgia Golf and Travel)

We finally have them Jekyll Island Golf Club, the largest club in the state with 63 holes of championship golf – a great place to test your game while enjoying the Jekyll Island Club and Beach Resort or the Westin Jekyll Island.

“Come down and stay and play” for a while … on the Georgia Golf Trail! You will love golf. And the people.

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