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Forest Hills golf course

Tee up in Augusta at Forest Hills G.C. and others during Masters Week

While you're taking in all the action during Masters Week, you too can tee up in the heart of historic Augusta at Forest Hills Golf Club -- a subtle, challenging Donald Ross course. There are several other worthy courses to consider as well, including the River Club, Bartram Trail and Champions Retreat.
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The Cloister at Sea Island resort

Tour the sights and sounds of the luxurious Sea Island resort

Sea Island resort can match -- or surpass -- many of the best golf resorts in America, if not the world. It might not have the major championship venue such as the Ocean Course at Kiawah or the Pebble Beach Golf Links at Pebble Beach Resorts, but in terms of five-star accommodations, the Lodge at Sea Island and The Cloister Hotel can stand against both.
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Callaway Gardens - Lake View golf course - 10th

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain: The grand old dame of Georgia resorts

Since Callaway Gardens opened in 1952 it has been one of the most popular destinations in Georgia. Sure, there may be newer destinations with shinier bells and whistles. But to discount the grand old dame would be a mistake. Stan Awtrey has more from Pine Mountain.
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Georgia Golf Destinations

  • Athens

    With its cutting-edge music scene, emphasis on the arts and a love for sports, Athens offers a variety of options for area visitors. Naturally, there are many golf options, starting with the University of Georgia Golf Course, a lengthy Robert Trent Jones layout that was renovated by Davis Love III in 2006. Other outstanding courses in the area include Jennings Mill, Lane Creek and The Georgia Club.

    Monroe's Bear Creek Golf Club is situated in the heart of Walton County. It's less than an hour from Atlanta, making it a conveniently close getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bear Creek G.C. has always been known for its excellent greens, which have a reputation for being some of the state's finest putting surfaces.
    The 18-hole Georgia Club - Chancellors Black/Silver in Statham, GA is a public golf course that opened in 2001. Georgia Club - Chancellors Black/Silver measures 7113 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 133 and a 73.
    Monroe Golf & Country Club sprawls across gently rolling hills blanketed with mature hardwood forests. Opened in 1957, the course has a classic design that is playable for all skill levels but will still provide a challenge. The golf course is mostly flat but there are some subtly tricky elevation changes that can be found throughout.
  • Macon

    Macon has a well earned reputation for barbecue and blues, as well as a strong assortment of golf opportunities. The city, located almost in the heart of Georgia, is about an hour south of Atlanta and within an easy drive of all areas of the state. There are some fine public options in the area, including Bowden Golf Course, Houston Lake C.C. and Southern Hills G.C.

    The 18-hole Milledgeville Country Club in Milledgeville, Georgia is a private golf course that opened in 1969. Milledgeville Country Club measures 6277 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 70 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Mike Young, Southern Hills Golf Club measures 6741 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 72.
    The 18-hole Landings Golf Club in Warner Robins, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1987. Designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, Trestle/Bluff at Landings Golf Club measures 7001 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 139 and a 73.
  • Savannah

    Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, has a diverse array of activities and attractions, which makes it a popular destination for all. From the sparkling beaches at Tybee Island to the 22 park-like squares scattered throughout the downtown area, Savannah has a little something for everyone. Naturally, golfers have plenty of options to choose here, including The Club at Savannah Harbor, Wilmington Island, Bacon Park, and the nine-hole Mary Calder Golf Club, which opened in 1937.

    Henderson Golf Club is a local favorite since it is the most affordable public course in Savannah. The course wanders across a scenic landscape accented with towering pines, pristine wetlands, colorful magnolia trees, and mature oaks artfully draped with Spanish moss.
    Crossroads Golf Club offers a total of 27 holes, which includes an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole par-3 course. The Championship Course has an open, parkland layout where you don't have to worry about hitting any homes.
    The Club at Savannah Harbor is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the country by Conde Nast Traveler. The design is a collaboration between Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. The layout stretches to 7,288 yards but the length shouldn't intimidate beginners, since the golf course is actually quite forgiving. With a landscape that is almost completely open and therefore at the mercy of the blustery winds, the course has a true links feel.
  • Augusta

    Thousands of people pour into Augusta each year to attend the Masters, but there's more to the city than the first major championship of the golfing season. Augusta is the second-largest city in Georgia and has a rich tradition in the fields of medicine and the military. There are several golf courses in Augusta accessible to visitors, including Forest Hills Golf Club, established in 1926, Goshen Plantation and Jones Creek in nearby Evans.

    The 18-hole Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1926. Designed by Donald Ross, Forest Hills Golf Club measures 7140 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 137 and a 74.
    Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans is situated just minutes from Augusta National. Despite the fame of its neighbor, Bartram Trail stands out for being Columbia County's only public golf course. It has a location next to Patriot's Park that provides forests of mature hardwoods and pine trees that were fully utilized in the design.
    The 18-hole The Patch Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1927. The Patch Golf Course measures 6056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Coastal Georgia

    Although located far from most of the state's major cities, coastal Georgia is worth the time it takes to get there. The region is an ideal solution for those seeking a laid back, leisurely golf destination, whether for vacation for just a weekend getaway. The area features a price level that makes it affordable for all. Jekyll Island is the moderately priced alternative that many families choose. St. Simons Island is a step up in style and Sea Island sets the standard for opulence and luxury.

    The three nine-hole courses at Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort on St. Simon's Island were artfully carved from mature forests of majestic live oaks and towering pines. The Great Oaks/West combination rolls across gentle hills that allow golfers to look out across lush grassy meadows and marshland.
    The King & Prince Golf Course winds through the mature forests and vast salt marshes that are located along the northern coast of St. Simon's Island. The beautifully preserved surroundings offer a glimpse of the native wildlife, which includes ospreys, woodpeckers, and bald eagles.
    The 18-hole Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Brunswick, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Mike Young, Heritage Oaks Golf Club measures 6945 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 73.
  • Atlanta

    Atlanta has established itself as the capital of the South and has taken the lead in the region when it comes to a diverse variety of topics from civil rights to finance to construction to entertainment -- and golf. At one time there were few venues available for public golfers. These days, however, the city's public tracks stay busy, with Alfred "Tup" Holmes Golf Club, North Fulton Golf Course, and Stone Mountain G.C at the top of the list.

    Stone Mountain Golf Club boasts 36 holes of championship golf that are a part of Stone Mountain Park, which is one of the Southeast's most popular attractions. The Lakemont Course winds around the beautiful Stone Mountain Lake through forests of Georgia pines and hardwoods.
    The 18-hole Legacy Golf Links in Smyrna, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Designed by Larry Nelson, Legacy Golf Links measures 3002 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 89 and a 56.2 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Fox Creek Golf Club in Smyrna, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1985. Designed by John LaFoy, Fox Creek Golf Club measures 3879 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 104 and a 59.
  • North Georgia Mountains

    The North Georgia Mountains are one of the state's great treasures. There are fewer simple pleasures than a leisurely drive through northeast Georgia on a cool fall day, the leaves displaying a tapestry of colors and the pace of life still slow by comparison to most places. The region's golf highlights include Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Old Union Golf Course in Blairsville, Sky Valley Golf Club, and Innsbruck G.C. in Helen.

    The 18-hole Innsbruck Golf Club in Helen, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1987. Designed by Bill Watts, Innsbruck Golf Club measures 6748 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 72.4 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Skitt Mountain Golf Course in Cleveland, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1965. Skitt Mountain Golf Course measures 5961 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 68.5 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant in Royston, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1971. Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant measures 6421 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.