1279 Hwy. 20 W.
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: (770) 957-2651
Fax: (770) 898-8292
Lake Spivey is just a short drive from downtown and offers great golf at a reasonable price. The club has well-maintained golf courses that offer challenges to a professional as well as amateurs. The club has a driving range and fully stocked pro shop. After a tiring game, one can retire with a sumptuous meal served in their restaurant.
Clayton County International Park, located 20 minutes to the south of Atlanta, was constructed for the beach volleyball competition of the 1996 Olympic Games, and now serves as one of Atlanta's most complete water parks. In addition to a 6200 capacity volleyball stadium and 13 courts, the park offers a beach on its six-acre (2.5 hectare) lake, several water slides, and a pool for small children. Miniature golf, basketball, softball, hiking and fishing are also offered. Check the website for varying schedule of operations.
Just a short drive south from Atlanta, the Champions Club at River's Edge is a perfectly manicured par-71 championship course with extremely tight fairways and fast bent-grass greens. This popular suburban course is well known and often busy, so call ahead for tee times. Carts are included in green fees, and rental clubs are available, as is a driving range. Tee times are accepted five days in advance.
The 18-hole course at the Links Club offers a challenging round of golf on a course designed to resemble the coastal links of the British Isles. The fairways are hilly and undulating, and the greens are surprisingly quick. Water comes into play on several of the holes in the form of strategically-placed ponds.
Just 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, this 617-acre (250-hectare) park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the natural splendor on any of the park's trails, or stop by on the weekend for a guided hike to the top of the Panola Mountain. Hikers will enjoy the many species of flora and fauna that abound here, as well as the rock formations along the face of the 940-foot (286-meter) mountain itself. An interpretive center is located at the head of the trails, where regular nature hikes are organized by park rangers. See their website for maps, calendar of park events, and reservation details.
This farm is not far from downtown Atlanta, and offers a sweet retreat from city life. Trail rides, picnics, and many other activities are offered on this 100-acre (40-hectare) estate, which features both farmland and woodlands. Perhaps the most popular events are the moonlight hayrides, offered nightly throughout the year in fair weather. Business retreats, office picnics, and private events can all be organised, and 15 acres (six hectares) can be for camping.
Located just outside of old Decatur, Little Mountain offers an affordable round of golf on a challenging course. The course is well-maintained for a public facility, and also features a driving range, practice green and a well-stocked pro-shop. There is also a snack bar at the turn to fuel your swing for the back nine. Green fees for the par-72, 5759-yard (5266-meter) course include cart.
Located 30 minutes southwest of the city, this amusement park is open on weekends. Although there's plenty of fun for adults, the park is geared toward kids, with bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag, and three go-cart tracks. A miniature golf course, video arcade, and play maze are also available. Bulk tickets can be purchased 200 at a time since they are the cheapest. There are also occasional "armband specials" that offer unlimited access to certain rides for a certain price.
Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve encompasses 2550 acres (1031.94 hectares) of pristine forest, and features many dramatic rock outcroppings amid the rolling hills. The park's mountaintop terrain bears a fragile ecosystem, including several protected species of flora. Brochures are available to help visitors identify these rare, endangered plants. Charted hikes include treks past the park's lakes, through the forests, and to the top of the mountain. Take Interstate 20 east to Evans Mill Road (exit 38) and turn right. Turn right again at Klondike Road and drive two miles to the park.
Sugar Creek Golf & Tennis Center has long been known for its fast greens and well-kept fairways. Recent work has changed a couple of holes and made the course even tougher. It hosts several tournaments and corporate events. Visit website for more information.
One of the nicer public layouts in the city, Browns Mill is a diamond in the rough of south Atlanta. The course has four lakes, generous greens and is always well maintained. Watch out for the tough twelfth hole. Tee-times accepted up to one week in advance. Features such as Club house, driving range, golf carts, instruction, junior programs, league tournaments, locker rooms, pro on site, pro shop, putting/chipping, rental clubs, snack bar, training facilities, are included here.
Opened in 1988, the Braelinn Golf Club offers an 18-hole course. It's a perfect spot to improve your skills, with a driving range, practice area and two full-time golf instructors. Plus, you can enjoy tennis and swimming or a meal at the clubhouse when you need a break from golfing. Note that the facility is closed on Wednesdays.