Best Golf Resorts In The Southeast
THE LODGE AT OLD WAVERLY/MOSSY OAK
West Point, Miss.
With the addition of Gil Hanse's Mossy Oak Golf Club, which opened in 2016, the tiny town of West Point, Miss.—two-and-a-half hours from Memphis, and four hours from Atlanta—has become a desirable hub for golfers in the south. Old Waverly, the Bob Cupp and Jerry Pate course, was the site of the 1999 U.S. Women's Open, 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur and the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur.
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Elevation changes of more than 50 feet can be found at the FarmLinks course at Pursell Farms, a charming, first-class resort situated at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Hurdzan/Fry Course is one of many outdoor activities to be found at Pursell Farms, including sporting clays, walking and biking trails and UTVs.
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RENAISSANCE BIRMINGHAM (ALA.) ROSS BRIDGE GOLF RESORT & SPA
There are dramatic designs at this suburban Birmingham resort, from the Tudor-style hotel of brick and stone to the massively sculptured Ross Bridge course, perhaps the toughest on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
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REYNOLDS LAKE OCONEE
There are a number of accommodation options, from a Ritz-Carlton to lakeside condos, plus access to five outstanding courses, including Great Waters by Jack Nicklaus, ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.
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SEA ISLAND (GA.) RESORT
A $25 million enhancement project recently completed includes new oceanfront cottages, including a pool overlooking the ocean, an 18-hole putting course and a 17,000-square-foot practice facility. Other highlights still include The Cloister, seemingly transported from Italy's Mediterranean coast, or The Lodge at Sea Island, with its 24-hour butler service. Both offer rounds at the Seaside, Plantation and Retreat courses.