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When I was a little kid I hated being cooped inside the house. I always wanted to be outside playing, and the same applies today. Luckily I live in Augusta, Ga. where outdoor recreation is just around the river bend…literally!

In the south, we are fortunate enough to have warmer temperatures during most of the year, which means we get to spend a lot of time outside! Here are some of the outdoor recreational opportunities Augusta offers. Be prepared to be surprised, and many places are free!



The Augusta Canal and Towpath

Built in 1845 to harness the water of the Savannah River and produce hydroelectricity to power mills, the Augusta Canal is still in use today. Its smooth waters make it an excellent place for a canoe or kayak adventure. Don’t have a kayak or canoe? There are retailers close by! And its 8.5 miles long towpath is ideal for walking or riding bikes. Pets are welcome.

J. Strom Thurmond LakeIt’s the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. There are several parks and swimming beaches, hiking trails and camping areas. You can also rent boats and jet skis for the day. It is also home to the International Disc Golf Hall of Fame.

Lake Olmstead/Julian Smith ParkIt’s a lake front park which makes it perfect for boating, fishing and picnics. The Augusta GreenJackets, Augusta’s minor league baseball team play at Lake Olmstead Stadium during the season (April through September). Try your hand at one of several disc golf courses. One is located in the park. Disc golf is similar to ball golf, but you use discs/Frisbees and try to throw them into a basket to make par. Pretty simple concept. Fun and free if you own discs!

Phinizy Swamp Nature ParkLocated on 1100 acres and just minutes from downtown Augusta, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park offers visitors the chance to see blue heron, red-shouldered hawk, otter, alligator and the elusive bobcat in their natural settings. Participate in guided tours or venture out on your own. This park is also free.

Savannah River and Augusta Riverwalk

Personal  watercraft vehicles are available to rent. Also a great place for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The Augusta Riverwalk runs parallel to the Savannah River. Its two-tiered paved trail runs for three blocks downtown. It features a children’s playground, picnic tables and various gardens.

Disc Golf–it’s in the air!

If you’re like me you probably get tired of the same routine of exercising at the gym. Cardio, strength training, cardio, strength training, again and again. It gets old, fast.

Well, you’re in luck because I am here to introduce you to a new way to both exercise and have fun at the same time! It’s called Disc Golf. You may have heard of it, or seen a group of people playing at your local park. If you haven’t, listen up…

Disc Golf is played much like the traditional game of “ball golf,” but instead of clubs, players use a flying disc and instead of a hole, there’s an elevated metal basket, or more formally called “the Pole Hole.” The sport was formalized in the 1970′s, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association and shares with ball golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes, or in this case, throws and make Par.

The player tees off from the “Tee Pad.” As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. But, unlike ball golf, the terrain various. Often, a player must maneuver their disc around trees, shrubs and terrain changes located in and around the fairway. This provides challenging obstacles for the golfer.

Also like ball golf, which has various clubs, disc golf has various discs players use depending on the distance being played. There are drivers, mid-range/fairway drivers and putters. And a disc is far less expensive than a golf club.

And unlike ball golf, this game is often free! Rarely are there any green fees associated with the game. As a matter of fact, there are several courses in the Augusta area you can try free of charge, and what’s even better? You can play anytime you’d like, so you’re never stuck with a bad “tee time.”

Free Courses:

Lake Olmstead Park - 2200 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30904 – (706)736-7889
Patriots Park - 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown, GA 30813 – (706) 863-7523
Pendleton King Park - 1738 Pine Tree Road, Augusta, GA 30904-5068 – (706) 733-4176
Riverview Park - 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta, SC 29841 - (803) 441-4300

Green Fee Courses:

Wildwood Park, located in Appling, GA is home to the IDGC (International Disc Golf Center and Hall of Fame) and also home to one of the most challenging disc golf courses in the area. This course is a paid course and monies are used for donation purposes.
3828 Dogwood Lane, Appling, GA 30802 – (706) 309-9017

For more information on disc golf, I recommend visiting the sites below…Hope to see you on the course!

Professional Disc Golf Association

Augusta Disc Golf Association

Disc Golf in Augusta

For the past two years my husband has been trying unsuccessfully to get me to play disc golf with him. I just never thought it would be much fun. Why not play regular golf instead, I thought? So, I was a good sport, following him around the disc golf course as his ‘caddy’ for a while.  Until one day, when he insisted I try it just for a few holes. If I hated it, he’d never ask me to play again. Well, lo and behold, I tried it and I liked it! 

I’m not very good yet, but I really have enjoyed it so far.  There is a lot more technique involved that just slinging a frisbee down the fairway, so I’m working on that part.  For the most part, it is really fun and it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors.  The other great part is that there are so many disc golf courses in the area to choose from.  The International Disc Golf Association and Disc Golf Hall of Fame is located right outside of Augusta, making it a prime location for disc golfers.

Two of our favorite courses are the Riverview Park course in North Augusta and Pendleton King Park in Augusta.  Riverview Park is definitely the harder of the two, since nearly all of the front nine is on or near big hills.  This course wraps its way around Riverview Park, giving you a great view of the Greeneway and the Savannah River.

(View of the Savannah River from the Riverview Disc Golf Course)

I find it really easy to lose discs out there, since the fairways are more narrow and I’m still learning how to play. The course at Pendleton King Park, on the other hand, is a little bit more beginner-friendly.  This course spreads out around Pendleton King Park and a few holes are pretty wide.  Pendleton King might also be my favorite because there is an ice cream truck that visits the park from time to time, which makes it easy to enjoy an ice cream sandwich between holes! Both courses have great signage, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the woods while you look for the next tee!

If you’re looking for something new to try in Augusta you should definitely check out disc golf. And if you’re a veteran, maybe you could try a new course. There’s even a course close to downtown at Lake Olmstead! For more course listings in the area check out the PDGA’s website.

March Survey's from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

Where can you find the best slice of pizza in Augusta?

Giuseppi’s (2 votes)

Yo, Pizza (2 votes)

Pizza Central

Pizza Joint (2 votes)

Mellow Mushroom

And the winner is Romas Pizza with 3 votes

What do you like to do in Augusta on a beautiful day?

Go outside and soak up the Vitamin D in my beautiful Hometown. If I could I would walk on Riverwalk.

Play Disc Golf

Take a walk on the Augusta Canal

Ride a bike from 5th Street Marina (you can rent one there) to all points Augusta

Trail running!

Where can you find a good sandwich in Augusta?

Panera Bread

Manuel’s Bread Cafe in Hammond’s Ferry

Sub Station

Inner Bean Cafe

Du Jour on Broad Street (3 votes)

Village Deli (3 votes)

Jones Creek Clubhouse

Walton Way Deli

RSVP (3 votes)

Sandwich City

New Moon Cafe (2 votes)

Casa Blanca Cafe

Hildebrandt’s Food Store

Delta Sandwich Shoppe

Baldinos (3 votes)

Sconyers BBQ

Pizza Joint

And the winner is Boll Weevil with 4 votes.

What is your favorite Masters week event?

I’ve had the privilege of going to the Masters several times for the four days of play and so I would say my favorite is all of it! Just to be able to walk the grounds and be there is quite an experience.

Rock Fore Dough!

We have been several times to the Masters. The entire week is great! We rent our home so others may enjoy the Masters. Some times I want to stay, it is such an exciting week!!! Oh, don’t forget to play Jones Creek. Food at the club house is great too

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