LITTLE ‘O:’
IT’S MORE THAN TEE TIMES & SWEET TEA

Story by: Mike May

For golfing and outdoor enthusiasts, Georgia’s Little ‘O’ is the place to go.  Located in south central Georgia community of McRae, Little ‘O’ – officially the Little Ocmulgee State Lodge Park (www.littleocmulgeelodge.com) -- is an ideal destination to get away from today’s ‘rat race’ in order to enjoy the flora & fauna of Mother Nature…. and quench your thirst with an ice cold glass of sweet ice tea from the Fairway Grill. 

Little ‘O’ encompasses 1,360 acres and is a member of the Georgia state park system.  Without a doubt, it’s one of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the Southeast.  And, once you arrive, you’ll quickly agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go…..and you will want to stay longer than you had originally intended. 

All golfers agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go as they enjoy playing its first-class layout -- the Wallace Adams Golf Course.  This 18-hole course has a reputation of reminding its visitors of what the Augusta National Golf Club -- located in nearby Augusta, Georgia -- looks like.  And, it’s true.  The course is dominated by loblolly pines which divide many of the fairways from one another, especially on the back nine.  And, the pine straw rough beneath the trees is maintained in a similar way as the internationally known course that hosts the Masters each April.  While standing on the tees of the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, the only thing missing are the cameras from CBS and Augusta’s annual patrons.  As for the greens, they are perfect, pure, and true.  Unlike Augusta National, the Wallace Adams Golf Course is accessible and affordable……and open to the public 12 months a year.

Deservedly, the Wallace Adams Golf Course is one of the 20+ golf courses on the Georgia Golf Trail.

Deservedly, the Wallace Adams Golf Course is one of the 20+ golf courses on the Georgia Golf Trail.

“The Wallace Adams Golf Club at Little Ocmulgee is one of the hidden gems of the South and is also referred to as August National's cousin,” said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail.  “Golfers who play a round at Wallace Adams rarely forget the experience.  The classic course is surrounded by loblolly pines, willows, and magnolias, in a gracious and secluded setting.  The greens have been resurfaced with Tifeagle and they are smooth and fast.”

Hikers, campers, boaters, canoeists, and fishermen also love the wide range of outdoor recreation at Little ‘O.’  It has what they need and want – lots of room to do their thing, which is why they feel that Little ‘O’ is the place to go.

When it’s sunset at Little ‘O,’ there’s no other place to go.  In order to get some ‘shuteye,’ there are many housing options on site.  They include the 60-room lodge, 10 cottages, and the campsite which has room for 55 tents, trailers, or RVs.  When you arrive at the campsites, you’ll find plenty of shade, courtesy of the live oak trees and the Spanish moss.

All golfers agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go as they enjoy playing its first-class layout -- the Wallace Adams Golf Course. 

If you are looking for some more modern and conventional forms of fun, Little ‘O’ remains the place to go as its visitors have access to miniature golf, an outdoor swimming pool (next to the lodge), two tennis courts, bicycle rentals, a playground for young children, sand volleyball courts, pedal boat rentals, and a splash pad play area, which is only available in the summer. 

When it’s time to eat, I suggest you visit the Fairway Grill restaurant which is located inside the Pete Phillips Lodge.  Make sure that you order a glass of the sweet ice tea.  After all, you are in south Georgia.  The theme of every meal also confirms that you are visiting the Deep South.  Grits and gravy are served at breakfast.  For lunch and dinner, enjoy the collard greens, fried okra, and black-eyed peas.  At dinner, peach pie is often served for dessert.  While enjoying dinner at the Fairway Grill, grab a seat by a window where you might catch a glimpse of deer wandering on the golf course as sunset approaches.  It’s obvious that the deer also agree that Little ‘O’ is the place to go.

For campers, there are a number of barbecue grills and picnic shelters on site where you can grill & chill.

At dinner, peach pie is often served for dessert.

The final piece of the Little ‘O’ puzzle is actually getting there.  The Little Ocmulgee State Lodge Park is located near the intersection of SR 280 and SR 441 in south central Georgia -- just outside McRae.  As the crow flies, Little ‘O’ is as far east of I-75 as it is south of I-16.  While Little ‘O’ is ‘off the beaten track,’ it’s a destination which deserves to be at the top of your vacation list of places to visit, especially if you play golf.  And, once you go, you’ll always come back and want to stay longer than you had originally intended.  And, of course, don’t forget to enjoy the sweet ice tea.  Call ahead (229-868-7474) to let them know that you are on the way.

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The author of this story is Mike May, a freelance golf writer based in Wellington, Florida.  Mike is an avid golfer and he encourages you to visit the Little Ocmulgee State Lodge Park and play golf at the Wallace Adams Golf Course at your earliest convenience.  Mike can be reached via email: mmaymarketing@gmail.com