At South Georgia's Ohoopee Match Club, Old World Scoring and Spectacular Scenery Share The Honors
COBBTOWN, GEORGIA | Rare is the golf retreat where both club and course enthrall. But such is the case with the Ohoopee Match Club, which officially opened last fall on more than 2,100 remote acres in Vidalia onion country just west of Savannah. Founded by Mike Walrath, a bartender-turned-tech-industry-titan, it is designed to be a place wholly about golf – and golf as it is so often enjoyed in the Old World, in matches as opposed to medal play.
The membership is small in number and populated by people who possess profound passion for the sport and deep knowledge of the game and its culture. The guest policies are liberal, so groups can gather at Ohoopee for fun competition as well as good food and drink, whether accompanied by members or not.
Just as appealing is the layout that Gil Hanse and his associate Jim Wagner constructed on this sand-based site, which boasts gentle rolling hills, small groves of live oaks, stands of cathedral pines and meadows. A lake is cut in one part of the property, the Ohoopee River runs through another, and small clusters of cacti grow throughout. The course is reminiscent of heathland-style tracks like Sunningdale outside London – and also evokes places like Pine Valley and Royal Melbourne, thanks largely to the vast sand waste areas the designers incorporated in many of the holes and the bunkering around the greens.
The course at Ohoope...
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