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.
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 doppelg?nger 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.
Along with its lush greens and complete absence of monstrous sand worms, Landings Golf Club's newly renovated clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and gargantuan dining hall cater to the community at large seven days a week.
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.
With its titanic 8,000-acre breadth, Lake Blackshear presents opportunities for all types of outdoor fun—a natural source of recreation of which Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club takes full advantage. Across the resort's immaculate grounds, guests can hike through the woods or across the shoreline; swim; or rent pontoon, fishing, and ski boats for aquatic sports and exploration. The lake is stocked with bass, bream, crappie, and catfish, and offers hidden coves and shaded areas ripe for fishing.
The lake and its surrounding waterways also help shape one of the resort's main attractions: its 18-hole 7,059-yard golf course. Water hazards come into play on eight different holes, including the signature 15th hole, a par 5 with water all the way down the left side. Those who are able to keep their ball dry will still have to contend with sand traps—60 of them pepper the course—and tall loblolly pines, which hug the Tifway 419 fairways and dwarf bermuda greens throughout the layout.
Course at a Glance:
Although comparable in length and difficulty, River Pointe Golf Club's front and back nines present two distinct challenges. The front eases golfers into the round with a traditional layout interspersed with only occasional water hazards. The second act could be traversed as easily by canoe as it is by cart. Built around wetlands, the back puts water into play on the majority of holes, where golfers will often catch views of passing alligators, turkeys, foxes, and other wildlife.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,919 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 136 from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard
Wrapped around a bulge in its namesake waterway, Flint River Golf Course presents golfers with 18 holes of waterfront play. Owned by the City of Albany, the course welcomes locals and out-of-towners alike with a sprawling clubhouse and immaculate upkeep. Inside, players can check in for their tee times or check out the gear offered in pro shop, where they'll find shoes by Footjoy, clubs by Ping, and markers that tell you exactly where the squirrel ran off with your ball.