The Wallace Adams Golf Course at Little Ocmulgee State Park has everything you need for a golf trip, whether that’s with a bunch of buddies for a few days, or to stop for a day of quality golf on the way to pr from Savannah or the Gold Coast.
And it’s always golf weather at Little O, even during the winter. You can play almost 365 days out of the year.
Once you get on the course, it won’t take long before you fall in love with it. It plays a little over 6,600 yards from the tips – and it’s a challenge from back there – or can get shortened to match your game. The white tees are 6,312, the gold tees are 6,127 and the red tees play 5,301. Pick the ones you like. After all, you’re there to enjoy yourself and have fun.
The first hole is one of the best opening holes among the Georgia State Parks Courses, which are all members of the state-wide Georgia Golf Trail. No. 1 sets the tone for what the rest of the round is going to look like.
The opener is a 360-yard slight dogleg par-4 that’s guarded closely on the left side by pine trees. Hit it too long – unless you play a little fade – and you’ve got a good chance to end up in the straw. A good tee shot will leave you with a short-iron into a large green that sits on the other side of a pond. Coming up short is not an option and going long will leave a testy little wedge to a green that slopes toward the water.
The remainder of the front nine requires the same accuracy off the tee, as the fairways seem to close in you at some point. The front side is the longer of the two nines, going 3,495 from the blue tees.
The back is more open and shorter (3,130 from the blues) and features a short-drivable par-4, No. 11, which plays 305 from the back. The green is perched on the top of a hill, which adds to the degree of difficulty.
The second nine finishes with a difficult three-shot par-5 that measures 500 yards and finishes at a top of the hill near the clubhouse. There’s a bid shady tree up behind the green, a wonderful place to catch your breath or take a look at the view.
While the golf course is one of the favorites in the Georgia State Parks catalog, one of the high points of any visit is the hospitality of the staff. From the smiling faces at the registration desk at the lodge, to the men and women in the restaurants and, especially to the friendly folks in the golf shop, the crew at The Little O wants to make you feel special.
The rooms at The Lodge are wonderful, with all the modern updates, and plenty of room to stretch out or a chair to watch the big television. There are also cabins available to rent.
And if you want to sprinkle in a little company meeting with your golf, Little O is set up for that, too. The conference center can accommodate groups of up to 60 in a classroom setting and can host more than 100 for a reception.
Little Ocmulgee State park is located in McRae-Helena, about a 25-30 minute drive from the Dublin exit on I-20.