Top Golf Courses Near Valdosta

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Valdosta Country Club

The centerpiece of the community, Valdosta Country Club, is a private equity club and the only completely member-owned country club in Valdosta. The privacy, Southern elegance, and exclusive nature of the Club make VCC a special place for members and their guests. Located in the heart of our city, Valdosta Country Club is just minutes from most neighborhoods. The Club features three beautiful nine-hole golf courses, eight tennis courts, a terrific fitness center, a short-course Olympic size pool, playground, dining room and lounge with outstanding food and a never-ending social calendar. Since 1917, Valdosta Country Club has been a part of priceless family memories, immeasurable friendships and long-standing traditions. We invite you to explore all the amenities, athletic programs, social events and Southern hospitality that Valdosta Country Club has to offer!

Kinderlou Forest Golf Club

Golf courses are a common amenity in many communities, but the course at Kinderlou Forest is anything but common. A typical golf and residential community is developed with the intent to sell houses, with the golf course as secondary. But here at Kinderlou Forest, the golf course came first, and the homesites are arranged around the course, with beautiful views, but at a distance that does not impede play. Created by Davis Love III Designs, the professional course opened in April 2004, serving as host to six PGA Nationwide Tour events and two PGA Web.com events in ten years. The South Georgia Classic was one of the largest events on the tour, with one of the richest purses on the PGA qualifying circuit. In an area known for flat terrain, the topography of Kinderlou Forest is unusual for the region. Undulating hills lend a unique element not found in southern Georgia, and the signature #4 with its deep, all natural ravine is one of the most challenging, yet beautiful, holes on the course. With five tee boxes on each hole, the course plays as short as 5,315 yards or as long as 7,781 yards. For discerning golfers who enjoy a challenge, make plans to play a round at Kinderlou Forest.

Stone Creek Golf Course

Stone Creek Golf Course, a Franzman-Davis design, that winds its way through traditional South Georgia wetlands, opened for play in October of 1992. Originally operated as a cattle farm by the Tillman family this fascinating and scenic layout has matured into one of the nicest facilities and best values for golf in the South Georgia-North Florida region. The property boasts an authentic beaver pond, a trophy bass lake and other strategically located ponds and low land areas that make the track a challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

Francis Lake Golf Club

The 18-hole Francis Lake course at the Francis Lake Golf Club facility in Lake Park, Georgia features 6,714 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.8 and it has a slope rating of 131. Designed by Willard C. Byrd, ASGCA, the Francis Lake golf course opened in 1971.

10 things you didn’t know about Valdosta

You may have lived in Valdosta or Lowndes County all your life, or you may just be visiting, but here are some unusual facts that you might not have never heard of before. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Valdosta:

  1. Valdosta was named after an Alpine valley in Italy, Valle d’Aosta.  
  2. Lowndes County was created from Irwin County in 1825 after William Lowndes of South Carolina won his state’s presidential nomination in 1824.  He died before the election.  
  3. Doc Holliday grew up in Valdosta, and he ran a dental practice prior to becoming a gambler and gunfighter out West.  
  4. Valdosta State University used to be an all-girls school.  In 1922, it was called Georgia State Women’s College and it did not become co-ed until 1950 when its name was changed to Valdosta State College.  
  5. Many people still believe that Valdosta means vale of beauty, however, numerous scholars state that it refers to Emperor Caesar Augustus.  
  6. Valdosta became one of the leading turpentine producers in the world and continued in that role until the 1980s when other countries took over the lead.  
  7. The students at Valdosta State are from all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and over sixty countries.  
  8. Valdosta was created from the settlement of Troupville, which was actually four miles away from what is now Valdosta.  The residents of Troupville decided to move closer to where the railroad was being constructed and simply brought their town with them.  
  9. Valdosta has six Historic Districts plus two individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places.  
  10. The second plant to bottle Coca-Cola was located in Lowndes County and by 1936, it was one of the first modern plants that served a seven-county area.    

These 10 little known facts are only a few of the many that are available for Valdosta and Lowndes County.  We would love to hear about the ones that you know!  Share them with us in the comments below.  

Upcoming Events In and Around Valdosta

The spring weather has arrived and with it are many exciting activities that are being held in and around Valdosta.  This is the time of the year when people will want to gather with friends and family and experience everything that this area has to offer.  

Here are some of the upcoming events in and around Valdosta:

The Great Ostrich Easter Egg Hunt – Wild Adventures is hosting their 5th annual Ostrich Easter Egg Hunt on March 31st and they will be hiding 10,001 eggs filled with goodies throughout the park.  One of those eggs will hold the grand prize of two season passes to the park.

First Friday – April 6th is the next First Friday event in Downtown Valdosta and everyone will love walking around and venturing into all the businesses, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries that are open for the evening.  

Little Texas at the All-Star Amphitheatre – Little Texas will hit the stage once again on April 7th at Wild Adventures Theme Park.  They will perform hits from their past as well as songs from their latest album, “Young for a Long Time”.  

2018 Customer Appreciation Burn Out – Classic cars, Jeeps, monster trucks, a Burn Out contest, and giveaways will all be part of the festivities here on April 7th.  

Spring into Art Opening Reception Gala – This evening gala will be held on April 9th to celebrate the opening of the new Spring into Art exhibition.  The exhibit itself will be open from April 9th through June 6th.  

Lend Me a Tenor – This comical theatrical performance can be seen April 12th through the 14th and again April 19th through the 21st at the Dosta Playhouse.  

Sister Act the Musical – This musical is being performed at the Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center on April 12th through the 14th.  

2018 Extravaganza – This is the 8th year that the largest collection of Holden based cars will be on display and this year’s event will be held April 13th through the 15th.  In addition to the car show, there will be Auto-X and Drag Racing.  

BARC 2018 Underdog 5K – This race takes place on April 14th at Freedom Park and all proceeds go to BARC to help pay for the animals that they rescue every year.  Anyone that does not want to run can enter as a “ghost runner” to show that they support this cause.

Tiger Con – Tiger Con will take place April 14th through the 15th and there will be plenty of workshops, panels, games, dealers, and autograph sessions for everyone.  Special guests from comic book, anime, cosplay, and video game industries will be showing up throughout the weekend.

Auditions for The Real Princess and the Pea – April 16th and 17th are the dates that performers between the ages of eight and sixteen will want to show up at the Dosta Playhouse to try out for The Gingerbread Players production of The Real Princess and the Pea.  

Outdoor Family Movie Night – On April 21st, families and friends can gather behind the Historic Courthouse to watch a free movie.  On this night, they will be showing “Finding Dory”.

Lip Sync Battle 2018 – This is the second year for the Lip Sync Battle and all the proceeds from this April 21st event will benefit Operation WARMHEART.  

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – On April 21st, professional eaters will be at Wild Adventures to compete in this famous contest.  The winners, one male and one female, will move onto the finals that are being held in New York City.  

The Great American Cleanup – April 21st is going to be a busy day in Valdosta with so many events taking place on what happens to be Earth Day.  There are multiple cleanup sites that are looking for volunteers to assist with keeping Valdosta beautiful.  

Scotty McCreery – Scotty McCreery will arrive at Wild Adventures on May 5th to show everyone why he won season 10 of American Idol by singing all his hits.  

There are many more events taking place in and around Valdosta this spring, but this list should get everyone started as they fill their calendars with fun ideas to do together with their family and friends.

Visit the full Valdosta Calendar of Events for other great activities.

Why Valdosta is the Ultimate Place to Have a Wedding

 

The weather in Valdosta is nice most of the year, but it is best during the spring months, when the temperatures are warm but not unbearably hot. Those temperatures as well as the beautiful countryside and southern charm are why Valdosta is the ultimate place to have a wedding.

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that there are numerous places to have a wedding in Valdosta. While each wedding venue has fantastic scenery, they all have something that makes them more unique than any of the others.

Here are the best wedding venues for a wedding in Valdosta:

1. Highgrove Farm

Highgrove Farm makes it easy for every couple to plan a wedding. This venue can accommodate the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and the reception, so couples do not need to scramble and find a place for each one.

After driving through the gates to Highgrove Farm, people will continue down a tree-lined street that is lit up at night. Prior to the start of the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom can get ready inside the Brides Cottage and the Grooms Quarters, before heading over to the Chapel or the Gazebo. As soon as the ceremony is over, the couple and their wedding party can have pictures taken near the pond, the pecan orchard, the gazebo, the chapel, or any other place that they fall in love with on the property. The owners actually encourage couples to explore the property prior to their wedding to get ideas and make plans.

The reception would be held inside the Pond House, which overlooks the pond and the grounds. The Pond House has nine foot ceilings and was constructed with aged cypress and pine, so the inside and outside are both cozy and romantic. Guests and the wedding party can take some time to relax in the rocking chairs and the swings on the porch at any time during the reception.

2. The Crescent at Valdosta Garden Center

The Crescent is privately owned and operated by the Garden Center and it has been considered one of Valdosta’s treasures for more than a century. The Crescent was built as a family home in 1898 and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

This elegant venue is perfect for weddings and receptions, whether a couple chooses one of the formal gardens or the chapel for their wedding ceremony. The gardens have flowers that bloom all year long and one of the gardens has a spectacular fountain as well. As soon as guests arrive at the Crescent, they will be greeted with oak trees complete with hanging Spanish moss.

After an intimate outdoor ceremony, the wedding party will be able to have photographs taken amongst their favorite flowers and near the Crescent. The reception would be held in the Reception Hall, so no one would need to travel far after the ceremony itself.

3. Kinderlou Forest Golf Club

Kinderlou Forest Golf Club might be best known for golf, but the golf course serves as a stunning backdrop for a wedding. Couples can get married inside the quaint Kinderlou Chapel, before venturing over to the Oaks Restaurant for the wedding reception. The restaurant is located inside the charming clubhouse and while it serves up food to golfers and the community most of the time, the Banquet Room is ready for an elegant wedding.

Oftentimes, couples choose this type of wedding venue, because they either love golf or they want their wedding to take place in a country club setting. Either way, the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club will never be a disappointment as they want a couples’ wedding to be one that they remember for eternity.

4. James H. Rainwater Conference Center

The James H. Rainwater Conference Center has multiple packages available for couples and this is another venue that allows couples to arrange the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception at one location. The bride can also plan her bridal shower brunch at the conference center.

Many people wouldn’t think that a conference center would be the best place for a wedding, but the architecture, cypress pond, and panoramic scenery turn this conference center into a wedding venue of everyone’s dreams.

Most wedding ceremonies are conducted out on the veranda, which overlooks the fabulous cypress pond. This allows the wedding to be more personal and intimate, but not crowded or overwhelming.

While guests are waiting for the couple to finish with pictures, they can explore the grounds and capture some pictures of their own. Afterwards, everyone can enter the banquet hall for the elegant wedding reception. The tables are filled with centerpieces and twinkling lights and couples can even choose to have ice statues created for their special day.

These four wedding venues are only a few of the ones that are available in Valdosta. There are many more that are just as elegant and the scenery is just as magnificent. It may be difficult for couples to decide on which venue is perfect for their special day, but they will know when they arrive at the one that is meant for them.

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