It’s not just the great weather that makes Georgia a great golf getaway and a popular destination for golf, although it does mean we can play the year-round. No, it’s the more than 500 private and public golf courses, among which the finest are arguably those at Georgia’s State Parks from north to south. Eight public courses, each set in an area of great natural and scenic beauty with a mix of natural greens, tree-lined or lakefront fairways and a whole host of unique challenges. Below, are two suggested golf tours to highlight just some of Georgia State Park’s courses perfect for a day or multi-day trip.
Highland Walk Golf Course
The steep, rolling hills of Highland Walk golf course tumble into sloping Bermuda greens, making the course tricky and perfect for golfers looking to hone in on their accuracy. The course is located in Victoria Bryant State Park (Royston). Take advantage of the Monday through Friday “All You Can Play” daily rate, offered during peak season (March through November), which includes the green fee with cart. Stay overnight in the park’s campground or at the neighboring Tugaloo State Park and book the lodging and green fee package.
Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course
Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell State Park (Elberton) is etched into the hilly countryside and has constant elevation change. The par 72 course borders Lake Russell’s peninsula, where 10 of the 18 holes are situated lakeside. The course boasts five sets of tees, and many of the tee boxes provide panoramic views of the fairways as they rise above the greens. The iconic 14th hole juts out into the lake for a 406-yard par 4. The majority of the 20 fully-equipped cottages for rent at Richard B. Russell State Park also boast a fabulous view of Lake Russell.
Brazell’s Creek Golf Course
Brazell’s Creek Golf Course plays over scenic wetlands and tree-lined greens on a par 71 course. The sprawling course sits inside Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park (Reidsville), known for its picnic facilities and lake recreational activities. The back nine holes were added a few years ago, and with it is the highlight of Brazell’s Creek course: the 1,500-yard winding bridge that connects the front nine holes to the new back nine holes. The back nine are set on a windswept open landscape in a links-style layout with five sets of tees.
Wallace Adams Golf Course
Play among loblolly pines, willows, and magnolias on Bermuda fairways at Wallace Adams Golf Course, located in the quaint Little Ocmulgee State Park (Helena). The front nine of the golf course is tight and requires shot-making skills, while the back nine holes open up with smaller, sloped greens, and doglegs on the fairways. The original nine holes, and now the back nine holes of the course, were designed by O.C. Jones of the renowned Robert Trent Jones family.
Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course
End the southern golf road trip with a stay at Lake Blackshear Resort or at one of the 10 cottages at Georgia Veterans State Park (Cordele). Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course is known as one of South Georgia’s renowned courses. Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course features large, sloping Dwarf Bermuda greens. Golfers are challenged with the water hazards, mounds, and sand bunkers. Wide Tif 419 fairways wind through mounds and sections of tall loblolly pines.
So, to sum it all up, Georgia State Parks are home to eight budget-friendly golf courses. Many of which include full-service golf shops featuring golf accessories, snack bars, and group/individual lessons, with advance appointments. Reservations are recommended, both for tee times and accommodations packages.
Folks, it doesn’t come any better than this. If you’re looking for something really different, something to fit your budget, consider Georgia States for your next golf getaway.