No Houses, Just Pristine Forest surround this Golf Course in Hartwell, Ga.

Cateechee Club Offers Several On-property Lodging Options

By Dave Daubert

On a recent golf trip to the foothills of northeast Georgia, I was introduced to the extraordinary Cateechee Club in the quaint town of Hartwell.

Georgia native and course architect Mike Young designed a spectacular par 72, 18 hole championship golf course in 1997 which he carved from 420 acres of virgin forests and green meadowland. The site with a slope/rating of 137/73.0 features dramatic elevation changes, from high ridges that afford panoramic views to low-lying wetlands along Cedar Creek, which meanders throughout the property, coming into play on five holes.

At Cateechee, fairways and greens on the 6,900-yard layout are framed by pristine nature, not homes. As it was when it opened, Cateechee Golf Club is unencumbered by real estate development. In fact it has been certified an Audubon Signature Sanctuary as well as recently rated a Four Stars Destination by Golf Digest.

Cateechee is so much more than just a golf club. With an expansive clubhouse and grounds, the Club can accommodate corporate meetings and weddings, no matter what the size. The 40,000-square-foot clubhouse provides ample space with event planners and an excellent catering staff on the premises to assure every facet of the ceremony is done to perfection. Kelli Shell, one of the owners, says, “It is very satisfying to be a part of an event venue with amenities people can enjoy. Our vision is to continue to have an impact on the local community and to remind folks, ‘All Roads Lead to Hartwell.’” Cateechee is located on Hwy. 77 23 miles from Interstate 85, halfway between the University of Georgia in Athens and Clemson University in South Carolina.

There are multiple lodging options available for large or small groups at the club. Guests can choose from the suites upstairs in the clubhouse with their own private lounge, a secluded golf cabin off the 10th hole, perfect for buddy trips, or the large lake house with 16 beds. All overnight stays come with a free breakfast buffet and a key card to the large and well-equipped fitness center. Overnighters have the option to dine in or try the ‘Take & Bake’ options for those who prefer to eat in the comfort of their accommodations. More