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 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.
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.
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.
Voted Albany's Best Golf Course by CityVoter in 2009, Grand Island provides club wielders of all skill levels 18 holes and more than 7,000 yards of Bermuda-green bliss. Surrounded by Georgia's natural, peaceful beauty and wildlife, golfers can enjoy aiming for birdies, eagles, and dodos on finely manicured fairways. Strategically placed bogie-bunkers keep the par 72 course interesting while containing the perfect kind of sand for historically accurate castle building.
More than 50 species of butterflies flit between the petals of an ever-changing array of exotic plants inside the greenhouse as sunlight streams in through the glass ceilings. Outside, experts launch owls, falcons, and eagles into the air to fly—and many come back down to land on the arms of the audience. Since 1952, the staffers of Callaway Gardens’ educational nature preserve have immersed visitors in their passion for wildlife management and conservation across more than 4,600 acres of demonstration gardens, arboretums, and outdoor sports attractions.
At the 5-acre Horticultural Center, visitors wander through three conservatories, a grotto, and an outdoor garden and stand at the base of a 22-foot indoor waterfall. They can also soar up to 30 feet above the forest floor on a five-zipline treetop course replete with ladders, logs, and netting or practice their lumberjack calls on a 10-mile discovery trail through the trees. Staffers regularly lead guided hikes through the woods, hold a range of butterfly shows and cultural workshops, and help facilitate seasonal events—including circus, music, and theater performances and a holiday light show. On overnight stays, they welcome guests into lodgings such as a rustic inn, 155 secluded pine cottages, and 57 stone and wood villas with balconies.