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Golf Trail Overview: The Georgia Golf Trail

Golf Trail Overview: The Georgia Golf Trail

An Interview With Doug Hollandsworth, Founder

By Brian Weis


The ultimate golf vacation is tackling courses on a golf trail. Below is an interview with Doug Hollandsworth who shares some valuable information about playing golf along the The Georgia Golf Trail.

Give our readers an overview of the golf trail.
Southern charm and hospitality await you on The Georgia Golf Trail, home to breath taking golf courses and magnificent resorts from the mountains to the sea. Emerging as a leading golf destination, Georgia offers a vast array of world-class golf courses, as well as many other attractions including restaurants,
historic sites and other wonderful amenities.

The Georgia Golf Trail brings it all together with a collaboration of the states' top resorts and golf clubs, presenting the Peach State as a premier golf haven. From the mountains to the plains and on to the beautiful Georgia coast, the Peach State has much to offer the golfer and traveler.

Our beautiful state is home to several major golf tournaments each year. In April, Georgia proudly hosts the greatest golf event in the world. The Masters Tournament held in Augusta, dates back to 1934 and was originated by native Georgian Bobby Jones. Bobby Jones also played his first and last round of golf at the Historic Eastlake Country Club in Atlanta home each year to the TOUR Championship..

What golf courses make up the golf trail and why are they must plays?
They are over 23 members with some of them having more than 18 holes. Some great places to play and stay on the Trail, some great cities that are also members of the Trail, like Helen Georgia, #3 most visited city in Georgia. Savannah is one of the Gems of the entire country, have to go there!
Check out the website to see more. www.georgiagolftrail.com

What are the most talked about and the hidden gem courses on the trail?
The Georgia State Parks are called our Hidden Gems. From North Georgia to the Southern tip, some great courses and places to stay across the State Park Golf Courses.

Is the trail designed to be conquered in one or several golf trips? Please provide itinerary or sample itineraries to complete the trail. (please group courses along with lodging recommendations)
North Georgia, have to go to Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, stay in the Lodge, play the wonderful 18 golf holes there, then move on to Sky Valley, wow, what a gem, Georgia's highest and coolest city in the State. The golf course is fantastic and you have plenty of places to stay in Sky Valley or around the area. Then head down to Valhalla Resort in Helen Georgia. Stay in the hotel and enjoy the mountain air.

What area tourist attractions might you recommend while doing the trail (golf or non-golf related)?
North Georgia or the Georgia Coast

Provide an overview of the lodging accommodations?
Anything from a Ritz Carlton to State Park cottages that are great as well. Lodges, Camping areas, Georgia has it all

Any other fun facts or things we should know about the golf trail or destination?
Great places to eat along the Trail, The Wharf in Jekyll Island Club Resort, The Dillard House up near Sky Valley Georgia,
Savannah has MANY great places to eat!!

Where can a golfer go to get more information or book rounds/travel/lodging?
Start with our website, www.georgiagolftrail.com or go to www.gastateparks.org


Courses on Trail
Number of Course: 23
Number of Holes: Hundreds!!

Welcome, fellow travelers and golf enthusiasts, to an exhilarating journey along the illustrious Georgia Golf Trail! Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Peach State, this trail offers an array of splendid golf courses, each with its own unique charm and challenges. So, pack your clubs, don your favorite golf attire, and let's embark on a remarkable adventure through some of Georgia's finest golfing destinations.

Arrowhead Pointe

Our journey commences at Arrowhead Pointe, a gem nestled along the shores of Lake Richard B. Russell. With its scenic views and challenging layout designed by the renowned Bob Walker, Arrowhead Pointe promises an unforgettable golfing experience amidst the tranquility of nature.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Next on our itinerary is Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, where golf meets luxury amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This picturesque course, designed by Denis Griffiths, offers a harmonious blend of challenging holes and awe-inspiring vistas, making it a must-visit destination for golf aficionados.

Brazell's Creek

Venture further along the trail, and you'll encounter Brazell's Creek, a hidden gem nestled within the heart of the Georgia countryside. This meticulously manicured course, designed by Denis Griffiths, presents golfers with a fair yet challenging test of skill, surrounded by serene natural beauty.

Callaway Resort and Gardens

Immerse yourself in the lush greenery of Callaway Resort and Gardens, where golf intertwines with botanical splendor. Home to two championship courses, Lake View and Mountain View, this resort offers a golfing experience like no other, with each hole offering its own unique set of challenges amidst the stunning backdrop of vibrant flora and fauna.

Chateau Elan

Prepare to be enchanted by the elegance and sophistication of Chateau Elan, a luxurious escape nestled amidst the rolling hills of North Georgia's wine country. With its championship golf courses, designed by legends like Denis Griffiths and Greg Norman, Chateau Elan beckons golf enthusiasts seeking both challenge and refinement.

Helen/White County

Discover the quaint charm of Helen/White County, where golfing takes on a laid-back, leisurely pace amidst the scenic beauty of North Georgia. Whether you're teeing off against the backdrop of majestic mountains or winding through wooded valleys, this hidden gem offers a truly delightful golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

Highland Walk

Journey to Highland Walk, where history and golf converge amidst the rolling hills of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. Designed by Arthur Davis, this classic course invites golfers to test their skills against a backdrop of natural splendor, with each hole offering a new and exciting challenge.

Valhalla Resort

Prepare for an epic golfing adventure at Valhalla Resort, where luxury meets rugged natural beauty in the heart of the North Georgia mountains. Designed by renowned architect Denis Griffiths, this championship course offers breathtaking views and challenging play, ensuring an unforgettable experience for golfers of all levels.

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Step back in time at the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort, where golfing traditions are honored amidst the timeless beauty of Georgia's Golden Isles. With its three distinct courses, each offering its own unique character and challenges, this resort beckons golf enthusiasts seeking a truly unforgettable experience.

Jekyll Island Golf

Embark on a golfing odyssey at Jekyll Island Golf, where pristine fairways and ocean breezes create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable round. Whether you're tackling the challenges of Great Dunes or enjoying the scenic vistas of Oleander, this collection of courses promises an unparalleled golfing experience.

The Westin Jekyll Island

Indulge in luxury and leisure at The Westin Jekyll Island, where world-class golfing awaits amidst the serene beauty of Georgia's coast. With its proximity to Jekyll Island Golf Club and other nearby courses, this resort offers the perfect blend of relaxation and recreation for discerning golf travelers.

Lake Blackshear

Prepare to be captivated by the natural splendor of Lake Blackshear, where golfing adventures unfold amidst the tranquil waters and lush greenery of South Georgia. Designed by Denis Griffiths, this championship course offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers of all skill levels.

Little Ocmulgee

Discover a hidden gem at Little Ocmulgee, where golfing bliss awaits amidst the unspoiled beauty of South Georgia's countryside. With its scenic vistas and meticulously maintained fairways, this course offers a delightful retreat for golf enthusiasts seeking peace and tranquility.

Meadow Links

Experience golfing perfection at Meadow Links, where lush fairways and strategic bunkers combine to create a challenging yet enjoyable course. Nestled within the breathtaking landscape of Middle Georgia, this hidden gem promises an unforgettable golfing experience for players of all levels.

Reynolds Lake Oconee

Prepare for a golfing paradise at Reynolds Lake Oconee, where championship courses and luxurious amenities await amidst the pristine beauty of Lake Oconee. With courses designed by legends like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, this premier destination offers an unparalleled golfing experience for discerning travelers.

Sapelo Hammock Golf Club

Escape to the serenity of Sapelo Hammock Golf Club, where coastal charm and championship golfing await amidst the tranquil beauty of South Georgia. Designed by renowned architect Denis Griffiths, this hidden gem promises an unforgettable golfing experience amidst the splendor of the Georgia coast.

Sea Island

Indulge in luxury and leisure at Sea Island, where world-class golfing meets Southern hospitality amidst the timeless beauty of Georgia's coast. Home to three championship courses, including the legendary Seaside Course, this resort offers an unparalleled golfing experience for discerning travelers.

Sky Valley Country Club

Elevate your golfing experience at Sky Valley Country Club, where breathtaking mountain vistas and challenging play await amidst the tranquil beauty of North Georgia. With its unique blend of natural beauty and strategic design, this hidden gem promises an unforgettable golfing adventure for players of all levels.

Stone Mountain Golf Club

Embark on a golfing adventure at Stone Mountain Golf Club, where history and natural beauty converge amidst the majestic backdrop of Stone Mountain. With its two championship courses, Lakemont and Stonemont, this resort offers a challenging yet rewarding golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

The Creek at Hard Labor

Test your skills at The Creek at Hard Labor, where championship golfing meets the rustic charm of Georgia's heartland. Designed by Denis Griffiths, this scenic course offers a challenging yet enjoyable experience amidst the serene beauty of South Georgia.

The Club at Savannah Harbor

Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Savannah at The Club at Savannah Harbor, where championship golfing meets Southern charm amidst the stunning backdrop of the Savannah River. With its meticulously manicured fairways and breathtaking views, this course promises an unforgettable golfing experience for players of all levels.

The Lakes

Discover a golfer's paradise at The Lakes, where championship golfing meets the serene beauty of South Georgia's countryside. With its lush fairways and challenging layout, this hidden gem offers an unforgettable golfing experience amidst the tranquil waters and towering pines.

Visit Savannah

Conclude your golfing adventure with a visit to Savannah, where Southern hospitality and historic charm await amidst the vibrant culture of Georgia's coastal gem. With its proximity to world-class golf courses.


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The Georgia Golf Trail
281 Providence Club Dr.
Monroe, Georgia, 30656
770-266-0331




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About: Brian Weis


Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.



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