Georgia ‘Golf’ on my mind!

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, nesteled among the North Georgia Mountains, offers a mountain getaway, just two short hours from Metro Atlanta & Chattanooga, Tennessee, combine beauty and natural splendor and amenities of a mountain golf resort and spa.

YOUNG HARRIS, Georgia -Looking for good, family-friendly Georgia destinations for the summer and fall? Here’s a few of my favorites.

Adhering to the state’s guidelines for operations (including those pertaining to limiting group sizes and capacity), Coral Hospitality has fully re-opened its Georgia resorts and lodges – several of which feature some of Georgia’s best public golf courses.

Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge

Located amongst the pine trees of the South in Helena, Ga., Little Ocmulgee State Park is home to 1,360-acres of activities, including the Wallace Adams Golf Course, a children’s splash pad, a private pool and Little Ocmulgee lake. Accommodations consist of a 60-room main lodge, 10 lakeside cabins and 54 campsites.
• Summer Lodge Special: For guests to experience its newly renovated (and reopened) lodge and golf courses, Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge is including unlimited golf and breakfast for two with an overnight stay in its lodge rooms, starting at $49 per person. The offer is available on overnight stays through Sept. 14, 2020.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Located in the northern mountains of Young Harris, Ga., Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is a 503-acre property that features an 18-hole golf course, horse stables and trail riding, a 7,500-square-foot spa and an array of outdoor activities. Accommodations consist of a 102-room main lodge, 32 cottage guest rooms and one deluxe spa suite.

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

Within Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park in the historic town of Cordele, Ga., Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club as a popular destination for local and long-distance travelers. The state park’s 1,300 acres serves as a playground for a variety of outdoor activities and houses the SAM Shortline Excursion Train and the Military Museum, which pays tribute to veterans from the Revolutionary War through the present day. Activities include golf, archery and air rifle, biking, disc golf, volleyball, hiking and a variety of water activities: boating, jet skiing, paddling by kayak or canoe, fishing and swimming. The resort is outfitted with 14 renovated main lodge guest rooms, 64 villa guest rooms and 10 lakeside cabins.

George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge

Located along the shores of Lake Walter F. George in Fort Gaines, Ga., George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge is home to the 48,000-acre Lake Walter F. George and the terrific Meadow Links Golf Course. Popular attractions include swimming at the lakeshore beach and the lodge’s private pool, trophy fishing, volleyball and tennis. Accommodations consist of a 60-room main lodge and five secluded cabins.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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