Three Trips for a Guys’ Weekend in Georgia

You hear a lot about girls’ getaways — places where the girls can escape together for a while — but what about the guys? Don’t they deserve some time away too? Here are three Georgia escapes perfect for a boys’ weekend away.

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Check out the mountain bike trails at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge. Ga.

Check out the mountain bike trails at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge. Ga.

Golf, mountain biking, fishing or just hanging out, Hard Labor Creek State Park is perfect for a guys-only weekend. Camp in a tent, bring the RV or stay in one of the renovated cabins.

Durhamtown Off Road Riding Resort

Hit the dirt track trails at Durhamtown in Union Point, Ga.

If you don’t find enough to do on-site, nearby is Durhamtown Off Road Resort, where the guys can hunt or ride motorcycles or ATVs along the single track.

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding

Guys can get their thrills 2,000 feet up in the air at Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding. For those who have never been before, try the tandem package. A flight instructor turns over the controls if you’d like, or marvel at the scenery while your guide does the work.

Sea Island Golf

Get fitted for clubs, take lessons and more at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.

Get fitted for clubs, take lessons and more at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.

If the boys want first-class golfing, head to the Georgia coast. The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club is an English-style golf club at the end of a classic Southern Avenue of Oaks. For a less expensive golf vacation that is still high on style, The Inn at Sea Island’s golf package offers access to all three of Sea Island’s championship courses: Plantation, Retreat and Seaside, the home of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic. A stay here also includes access to Sea Island’s Golf Performance Center, where pros like Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker and Lucas Glover train.

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Can You Name 11 PGA Golfers Playing in the Masters with Ties to Georgia?

One of the best weeks of the year is finally here… it’s Masters week! Not only is the coveted and world-renowned PGA tournament held in the beautiful city of Augusta, but these 11 PGA Tour golfers also have deep ties to the Peach State.


CONNECTION:  The Golden Isles golf “revolution” all started with Davis Love III, or “Uncle Davis,” as the younger PGA Tour pros who also live on the island call him. This will be Love’s 20th Masters appearance.

Love lives just a short drive away from Sea Island and Brunswick on a plantation simply known as “Sinclair Farm.

Even a portion of I-95 in Georgia is named after him! In 1998, the part of I-95 that extends from the McIntosh County line to Highway 341 at exit 7A and B was designated the “Davis Love III Highway.” Love also has a restaurant named after him on Sea Island called the Davis Love Grill.

In 2010, Love hosted the inaugural McGladrey Classic (now RSM Classic) on Sea Island’s Seaside Course where he continues to be an instrumental figure to the tournament, He is the 2016 captain of the Ryder Cup, one of the greatest honors that golf can bestow on a player.


CONNECTION: English was born in Valdosta and played college golf at the University of Georgia. He now calls Saint Simons home.

ZACH JOHNSON  Photo: Golf Week

CONNECTION: Johnson, the 2007 Masters Tour­nament champion lives in Saint Simons and trains at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center. Johnson spoke to the Augusta Chronical about living on the island and said, “the beauty of the place is everything else. It’s the people, it’s the mom-and-pop shops, it’s the food.”


CONNECTION:  Kirk was born in Atlanta and played college golf at The University of Georgia. He now resides in Athens and is sponsored by Georgia Jet, a private jet charter company out of Lawrenceville, GA.

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CONNECTION: Kisner, the 2015 RSM Classic Champion, played college golf at the University of Georgia. He trains at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center and lives on the island.

MATT KUCHAR Matt Kuchar hits his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

CONNECTION: Kuchar played college golf at Georgia Tech. While in college, he played in the Masters twice as an Amateur. He now lives and trains on the Golden Isles.


CONNECTION: Mize, the 1987 Masters Champion, was born in Augusta and worked on a Masters Tournament scoreboard on the third hole at Augusta National during his early teen years. He played college golf at Georgia Tech. Mize now resides in Columbus.


CONNECTION: Reed played college golf at Augusta University. This is will be his third invitation to play in The Masters.


CONNECTION: Snedeker resides in Saint Simons and trains at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.


CONNECTION: Taylor was raised in Augusta and attended Hephzibah High in Hephziba, GA. He attended Augusta State University and still resides there.


CONNECTION: Watson attended the University of Georgia. He is one of the few left-handed golfers on tour and won the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014.


*Photo Credit for the player profile pictures by GolfWeek

B6RUpoACEAAGPPb.jpg-large2Parker Whidby is the Digital Content Specialist for Explore Georgia. She loves to write & photograph all the amazing things our state has to offer. In her spare time, Parker enjoys painting, going to concerts, trying new restaurants & spending time with family, friends & pups, Doc and Baxley.



11 Courses to Golf in Georgia’s Lake Country

Hole 5 of Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Eatonton

Hole 5 of Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Eatonton

With the Masters quickly approaching, golf is on everyone’s mind. Georgia’s Lake Country is home to 11 golf courses, and each one offers a unique experience to the golf enthusiast.

1. The Plantation in Greensboro was designed by noted architect Bob Cupp, along with U.S. Open Champions Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green.

2. Reynolds Landing in Greensboro was the original course built at Lake Oconee and boasts 18 championship holes also designed by Bob Cupp. Golfweek and The Atlanta Journal have ranked this course “Best in State.”

3. Great Waters in Eatonton is a Jack Nicklaus Signature course that introduced the Golden Bear’s design work to Lake Oconee in 1992. Consistently ranked among the Top 100 courses in the nation, Great Waters earned the distinction from LINKS Magazine as one of the “10 most significant and influential courses of the past two decades.”

4. The National in Greensboro was designed by Tom Fazio and freshly renovated in the spring of 2014. This course offers 27 holes, including water views.

The 18th hole at the Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

The 18th hole at the Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

5. The Oconee in Greensboro is defined by a dramatic routing along the Lake Oconee shoreline. This Rees Jones design is a true risk/reward layout.

6. Harbor Club in Greensboro was the first design for award-winning architects Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish built east of the Mississippi. It was recently named 3rd Best Course of 2016 by Golfweek.

7. Cuscowilla in Eatonton is perfect for golfers who are up for a challenge. GOLF Magazine rated Cuscowilla “#19 Top 100 Courses in America you can play,” for 2009.

8. The Creek at Hard Labor in Rutledge is one of the State of Georgia’s public courses and offers a natural design without houses or human encroachments.

9. Uncle Remus Golf Course in Eatonton is a nine-hole public course and was designed by Bubba Ellis.

10. The Little Fishing Creek Golf Course in Milledgeville was designed by Gary Player and features 6,700 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

11. The Milledgeville Country Club was designed by George Cobb, the infamous designer of the par 3 course at Augusta National.

Holes 2 and 3 at Reynolds Landing in Greensboro

Holes 2 and 3 at Reynolds Landing in Greensboro

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hannah-wilcherHannah Wilcher graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in advertising. She has been the tourism coordinator for Visit Lake Oconee for the past two years and is passionate about Georgia’s Lake Country and all that it has to offer residents and visitors. She currently resides in Eatonton with her husband and two children. She spends all of her free time with her family and friends enjoying life on Lake Oconee.

Get Outdoors in Augusta

When you think of Augusta, The Masters golf tournament or James Brown might be the first things that come to your mind. However, what you may not know is that Augusta is a fantastic place to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.  Here are my suggestions for great outdoor attractions & activities in Augusta, Georgia:

Augusta Riverwalk: Augusta is situated along the Savannah River, which forms the state line between Georgia and South Carolina. Take a stroll down the multilevel Riverwalk and enjoy the scenery of the river, gardens, abundant opportunities for picnicking and a playground for kids (and kids at heart). Riverwalk is a great place to experience 4th of July fireworks, the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and the Augusta Market on the River, where you can find fresh produce, food and crafts during the warmer months of the year. It is also home to the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre, a unique spot for outdoor concerts.

Kayaking the Canal

Kayaking the Canal

The Augusta Canal: The Augusta Canal was built to provide water to textile mills and factories that used hydro-power to operate large machinery. Today, you can tour the canal by boat, bike or foot. If you have your own canoe or kayak, you can put in at the canal head gates and paddle the 7 miles past Lake Olmstead to the 13th Street Bridge. There are several outfitters in town that offer boat rentals and shuttles. Because there are no gas-powered boats allowed in the canal, the only traffic you will see is tour boats and other paddlers. It’s pretty cool to be on the water, viewing birds, turtles and possibly alligators and heading right through the heart of downtown at the same time. If you’d rather stick to land, you can experience the Canal Trail, a dirt path that runs the length of the canal and is great for biking or hiking. The trail is shaded by large trees, so it is enjoyable year-round, and there are different entrance points, so you don’t have to trek the entire length of the trail if you’re not up for it.

Disc Golf: Augusta is home to the PDGA International Disc Golf Center, making it a mecca for disc golfers. You can toss some discs there or at several different courses throughout the area. Just bring your own discs, and you’re all set.  Pendleton King Park is great for beginners. If you’re looking for a challenge, I suggest the Lake Olmstead course is perfect, which is built around the water.



The Augusta Greenjackets: The Augusta Greenjackets are a minor league team affiliated with the San Francisco Giants that plays at Lake Olmstead Stadium, just minutes from downtown. The tickets are affordable and the beer is cold, making it a great option for a night out with family or friends. Insider tip: Don’t miss out on the chance to have your picture taken with the mascot Auggie!

Lake Thurmond

Lake Thurmond

Camping: After all of your outdoor adventures, it’s time to relax with nature. What better way to do that than by camping at Lake Thurmond? Mistletoe State Park is only about 30 minutes from downtown and a great place to set up camp. You’ll be right on the banks of Lake Thurmond, where you can swim, boat or simply laze about and enjoy your surroundings. The last time I camped there, the weather was perfect and peaceful. It’s also nice to know you aren’t too far from civilization in case you forget to pack any essentials.

Camping in the Giant TentAnna Lee Mikell is a Southern girl raised in Georgia and South Carolina. She loves Southern food, photography and SEC football. You can often find her searching for old records at the flea market or sipping sweet iced tea.