Ranging in length from 4,940 yards to 6,626 yards, Bowden Golf Club’s emerald fairways were designed more than 70 years ago, making it Macon’s second-oldest course. With four sets of tees on each hole, golfers can opt for team play, test their mettle during tournaments, or borrow Paul Bunyan's 5 iron to hit a quartet of balls at once. As a full-service facility, the club boasts an onsite pro shop and snack bar, as well as a full-length driving range flanked by practice bunkers and putting greens.
A picturesque bounty of sweeping slopes and idyllic architecture, Landings Golf Club unfurls over thousands of yards of game-ready green, with accessible challenges for shillelagh swingers of all stripes. Five sets of tees and courses that play from 7,000 to 4,875 yards keep dimpled orbs in steady flight over well-nurtured tracks. Grab a good friend or steely eyed doppelgänger for the game, then bellow a random number while teeing off on Trestle course. Ensconced in one of the club's motorized buggies, zoom over a quaint wooden bridge constructed in the club's early days by a wizened pair of bespectacled gophers. Steady eyes and a straight swing conquer hole #4, a deep, dogged hallway with water hazards, but the emergence of the Bluff course brings with it hole #14, a shot down a steep wooded embankment.
Perry Country Club’s par 71 course sends golfers across 6,465 yards of bermuda-grass fairways sculpted through the towering pines. A vanguard of brand-new 2012 E-Z-Go golf carts slaloms across the emerald landscape, hastening the 18-hole odyssey as passengers take in views of native flowers and seek out treasure troves of divot tools buried in strategically placed sand traps. Rippling waterways dot the relatively flat course, adding to the verdant scenery as they wait to snatch the life force of errant drives or ill-struck approaches. Clubbers can prepare for their pin-hunting walkabout with a stint at the onsite driving range, and club members may cool off weary bodies or hot-tempered 9-irons during a postround dip in the club's outdoor pool.
Honey Creek Golf Club's par 72 course features more than 6,000 yards of greenery and smooth TifEagle Bermuda greens, designed to challenge first-time clubbers and full-time swingers alike. The scrupulously maintained course's scenic fairways and challenging slopes require patience and an arsenal of shots to conquer. To help carry around a golf bag filled with iron, wood, and Ziploc bags full of lead dental fillings, Honey Creek Golf Club lends golfers a motorized cart from its stable of purebred golf carts. Aspiring Arnold Palmers can sate their thirst with a drink of their choice at the 17,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Named Best Golf Course by CrossRoadsNews readers in the 2010 Best of East Metro Readers' Choice Awards, Sugar Creek Golf Course challenges seasoned and novice shooters to navigate more than 6,200 yards of manicured countryside. Hop into Sugar Creek's included golf cart with your best friend, dad, or best friend's dad to explore the publicly owned par 71 course, which dares dimple dabblers to dodge its low-slung bunkers and master the movement of well-kept greens. Guests can swat the included buckets of pocked spheres skyward one by one at the lighted driving range, tap them precisely at putting greens, or polish skills at the practice bunker. Once iron swingers have sufficiently conquered Sugar Creek's fairways and snorkeled its water hazards, they may end links journeys at the full-service clubhouse or in the retail realm of the Sugar Creek pro shop.
In his poem “Back Roads to Macon,” Raymond Farr captures the small-town charm of Cordele when describing a mailbox's hand-painted sign scribbled with the folksy adage: "Whatever your destination, thank God you arrive." Farr’s muse sits off the beaten path—about 2.5 hours south of Atlanta—dotted with antique shops and quirky specialty museums showcasing the history of cotton-farm tools and vast collections of telephones. The dry Atlantic coastal-plain climate permits year-round outdoor activities, many of which can be pursued on or near the resort grounds, including 3 miles of hiking trails through a wetland ecosystem inhabited by deer, red foxes, and lost hikers.