Of the 20+ golf courses on the Georgia Golf Trail, nine of them are tucked away in nine of Georgia’s state parks. While some of these golf courses may be off the beaten path, so to speak, they are worth making the effort to go play.
“Our state park golf courses in Georgia are terrific golf destinations. They are incredible designs which are very well maintained and fairly priced,” said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail. “The affiliation of these golf courses with amenity filled state parks makes them a perfect place to visit, especially with your families.”
HIGHLAND WALK – There are many scenic selfie ‘hot spots’ at Highland Walk Golf Course (706-245-6770) at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston. At Highland Walk, there are many uphill and downhill tee shots. The best photo ‘opp’ locale is the tee box of the signature hole — the 17th.
ARROWHEAD POINTE – At the Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course (706-283-6000) in Elberton, visiting golfers will discover a 6,800-yard course situated on a peninsula within the Richard B. Russell State Park. Arrowhead Pointe deserves to be called the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Georgia Golf Trail. Here, 10 of the 18 holes border Lake Richard B. Russell.
THE CREEK – The Creek Golf Course (706-557-3006) at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Social Circle is a joy to play. Here, the sternest test is the tee shot on the par-four 10th hole, formerly the opening hole, which used to be considered “the hardest first starting hole in Georgia.”
BRAZELL’S CREEK – The Brazell’s Creek Golf Course (912-577-7745) at Jack Hill State Park in Reidsville is a well-designed par-71 layout. At Brazell’s Creek, a 1,500-yard winding bridge through a canopy of trees connects the front nine with the back nine. The back nine was built on a windswept, open landscape with a links-style look. The front nine is tree-lined, and the greens have some creative contours.
THE LAKES – The Lakes Golf Course (912-285-6154) at Laura S. Walker Park in Waycross is the southernmost golf course on the Georgia Golf Trail. It features large, undulating greens. The fairways and landing areas are defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes. Loblolly pines are a common sight at the Lakes GC, which is an easy course to walk.
MEADOW LINKS – The Meadow Links Golf Course (229-768-3714) opened in the George T. Bagby State Park in Fort Gaines in 1998. Golf Digest ranked Meadow Links as “the nation’s sixth-best new affordable public course.” Each day, when the sun sets in the west, the views resemble a picture postcard.
BRASSTOWN VALLEY RESORT & SPA – Golf at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (706-379-9900) is refreshing, delightful, and scenic. The views of the surrounding mountains from the golf course are stunning. This golf course is in terrific shape. Afterward, get a massage at the Equani Spa, swim in the indoor pool, eat at Brassie’s Grill, spend the night at the resort, and wake up next door and do it all again! It’s a total escape!
WALLACE ADAMS – Once you arrive at the Wallace Adams Golf Course (229-868-7474), located in the Little Ocmulgee State Park outside McRae, you’ll quickly see that you’ll want to play this course more than you had originally intended. This golf course has an Augusta National Golf Club look and feel to it. And it’s true. The only things missing are patrons, leaderboards, and cameras from CBS. This golf course is nicknamed ‘Little O.’ You will enjoy the chance of going low at Little O!
GEORGIA VETERANS – The Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course (800-459-1230), located at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Course near Cordele, has been labeled the “best value in the South.” Once you walk off the 18th green, head to the Cypress Grill. You can relive your experiences on the “best value in the South.”