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For some, golf projects a stodgy image. It’s often expensive, requires a dress code and it can feel exclusive. But there’s an option for those looking for affordable championship-caliber courses with no membership requirements: state parks.
“No crowds, no houses, no noise.” That’s an oft-repeated mantra used to describe playing the eight courses within the Georgia State Parks system.
♦ These aren’t courses designed to sell real estate or memberships to posh clubs. It’s golfing in nature, pure and simple, open to everyone and easy on the budget. And the courses are better than you might think.
Golf Advisor has called Georgia State Parks the “Best Value for Golf Travel in Georgia.”
♦ Golfer's Choice Award - Best of Georgia Golf Courses
• #7 Meadow Links Golf Course at George T. Bagby State Park
• #11 Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant State Park
• #14 Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Richard B. Russell State Park
Discover championship golf at affordable prices and see why Georgia State Park Golf Courses are known as “the sweetest deals in golf.” Designs that leverage the spectacular and diverse terrain across the state.
Georgia State Park Golf Courses compare favorably to some of the state’s best private courses.
“Like playing a resort course...without all the houses” seems to sum it up for most.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution describes state park courses, “no development, no distractions and no excuses.”
And yet, for the level of play, courses remain relaxed environments that welcome families and first-time golfers.
Most offer clinics and private instruction for every age and level.
Meadow Links at George T. Bagby State Park
330 Bagby Pkwy, Fort Gaines, GA
When Meadow Links first opened to play in 1998, Golf Digest ranked the course as “The nation’s sixth best new affordable public course.”
Today, players who appreciate a links style layout will be challenged at Meadow Links.
The course has been creatively woven into the gently rolling contours of the countryside, and architect Willard Byrd has designed a golf experience that rewards players with unique challenges and memorable views.
The large greens offer subtle breaks. Lush green fairways are ribboned by long Bahia rough. Traps provide additional definition.
Two large pecan trees and an old pear tree crown the hill behind the 10th green, where golfers can enjoy one of the finest views in the South.
Full-Service Pro Shop: features golf accessories and snack bar.
The park has a main lodge and a five cabins. There are 60 rooms in the main lodge. Enjoy lake-side serenity like no other in Southwest Georgia. All lodge rooms and cabins are fully air-conditioned.
• Cabins include 2 bedrooms with 2 double beds in each and sleeps 8. They have a full bathroom, spacious living room with satellite television and fireplace. A fully equipped kitchen includes pots & pans, tableware, glasses, and crockery. There is a screened porch overlooking the lake. ** Guest is responsible for providing 10 cup coffee filters, coffee, and paper towels, personal soap and shampoo. Firewood may be purchased at the Lodge front desk.
Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant State Park
1415 Bryant Park Road, Royston, GA
Located just minutes north of Athens and Commerce off I-85, Highland Walk offers 18 holes of great value golf.
The course is built on steep rolling hills with broad, crowned Bermuda fairways leading to generous, sloping Bermuda greens.
But don’t let the courses beauty fool you, Highland Walk is a challenging course that requires accurate shot making to score well.
• The course's Bluebird Cottage is available for overnight golf packages.
The Bluebird is a 4 bedroom 2 bath cottage. There are 4 double beds and 4 twin beds which can sleep up to 12 guests.
Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell State Park
2790 Olympic Rowing Drive, Elberton, GA
The 6,800-yard course is situated on a peninsula within the state park. The water views are stunning, with 10 of the 18 holes skirting Lake Richard B. Russell.
The course was designed by Bob Walker. It has been compared to the more expensive courses at Lake Oconee because of the challenging layout and the scenic vistas.
One exception to that comparison is that there are no visible lakefront houses from any vantage point on the course, consistent with the state park golf course theme of “no crowds, no houses, no noise.”
While much of the water does not come in to play it can assure you both a challenge and some of the best views in the state.
The elevation changes, doglegs and well-placed bunkers will demand that you use every club in your bag.
Tifeagle Bermuda greens may not look intimidating but the subtle breaks will make sure you are on your game to score.
Stay & Play
The only overnight accommodations are the park’s 20 lakeside cottages and a campground. The cottages have all the modern conveniences one would expect and can sleep up to eight people.