Backyard Traveler: Discovering Georgia through golf

The Georgia Golf Trail showcases the state’s top courses while revealing Georgia’s beauty from the mountains to the coast

Seven years ago, Doug Hollandsworth was walking his dog at the Providence Golf Club in Monroe, Georgia, when he had an epiphany. Alabama has the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, South Carolina has Myrtle Beach as a golf destination.

And Georgia can go better, he thought.

That day, the idea for the Georgia Golf Trail was born, and has since grown into a collection of 23 fabulous golf courses stretching from the North Georgia Mountains to the coast. Hollandsworth has managed partnership agreements with not only the golf courses and their respective accommodations, but also the state of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to market Georgia as both a golf and tourist destination.

“It’s been a great partnership,” he says. “We have a great state. We have mountains, beautiful cities, lake areas, and the coast. We’ve got a great diversity of places to go.”

Hollandsworth helped create the trail and through Georgia Golf and Travel, he continues, he says, to promote Georgia through golf.

“We have a lot of corporate groups and international travelers who may come here initially for the golf, but discover so many other things to do in Georgia,” says Hollandsworth. “And that’s our biggest goal with the golf trail.”

The 23 courses marking the Georgia Golf Trail range from premier resorts like Sea Island and the King and Prince to approachable public courses like The Creek at Hard Labor and Little Ocmulgee.

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