Terminus Wake Park
Boat? Who needs a boat? During the warmer months, this Cartersville attraction allows boatless water sports enthusiasts the opportunity see some action. A series of cables high above its lakes can tow wakeboarders, water skiers, kneeboarders and other water sports participants, regardless of their skill level. First-timers can opt for private beginner lessons on the training lake. The beginner full-size lake offers smaller wake park features and beginner-friendly rails. Veterans can take on the advanced full-size lake, with its more challenging features. (Imagine waterlogged versions of those found in snowboarding parks.) The park rents helmets, vests and boards. At Terminus, you’ll also find summer camps and other special events.
171 LakePoint Parkway, Cartersville. 470-315-0155, terminuswakepark.com.
Golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee
Reynolds Lake Oconee boasts six golf courses designed by some of the sport’s top architects. This includes Great Waters, crafted by Jack Nicklaus, featuring most of its back nine alongside Lake Oconee. Keep in mind the 72-par Plantation course is undergoing renovation, and the Creek Club course is reserved for Creek Club members. Lessons can be booked at Reynolds Golf Academy, overseen by instructor Charlie King. Hotel guests at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee can make use of the Kingdom at Reynolds. Its services, such as swing analysis and club fitting, help golfers improve their game.
100 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro. 1-800-800-5250, reynoldslakeoconee.com.
The Masters golf tournament may be the most sought-after ticket in the sporting world. Yet, even without a Masters ticket, you can still get a taste of green jacket glory in Augusta. The Augusta GreenJackets, a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, play home games at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Play starts April 14 as the GreenJackets face the Charleston RiverDogs. Meanwhile, you can get a taste of the Masters by visiting the Augusta Museum of History. Its “Celebrating a Grand Tradition” exhibit honors the four oldest golf clubs in the Central Savannah River Area, including Augusta National Golf Club. Life-size bronze statues of Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and others can be found in the museum’s rotunda.
Lake Olmstead Stadium, 78 Milledge Road, Augusta. greenjacketsbaseball.com.
Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta. 706-722-8454, augustamuseum.org.
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