12 fantastic things to do at Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club

You know you’ll have a vacation to remember as you trek through the tree-lined scenery of Georgia Veterans State Park and make your way to the Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club. Past the scenic golf course, military planes and memorial lies a resort that will impress and relax – the best of both worlds. Located in Cordele, Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club is 2.5 hours south of Atlanta and 45 minutes from Plains, Georgia. The state park and resort are about 12 minutes from downtown Cordele, with pecan plantations and cotton fields making up the landscape in between. It’s a beautiful drive, but the real treat is staying at this luxury resort.

Whether you want to relax, hang out, sightseeing, or play on the water, here are the top things to do at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, a scenic destination in Georgia.

I was hosted at the resort by Coral Hospitality in order to write this article. As always, the opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.

1. Play golf

There is an 18 hole championship golf course at Blackshear Lake designed by Denis Griffiths. This premier pristine golf course in Georgia has static mounds, sand bunkers, and water hazards to challenge its players. The course is open from 8:00 am until dusk and is enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Not a golfer? Disc golf is an alternative also available at Georgia Veterans State Park.

Pro tip: Book your departure online!

2. Cycling

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club has a small collection of bikes you can use to tour the property and the park – a great way to see a large portion of the 829-acre property. Usually when bikes are included in a lot of places I stay, they are rubbish. These, however, were in great shape and Instagram worthy.

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3. Rent a boat

The Marina at Lake Blackshear Resort is your one-stop-shop for renting boats, fishing gear, kayaks or paddleboards and getting out on the 8,700 acres of water. My husband and I rented a pontoon in the late afternoon. We were given a brief safety lesson, then blasted off the scenic waterway to soak up the wind in our hair and enjoy the solace and photo ops. We were so lucky to have it for the most spectacular sunset – which we captured from a quaint little cove on the lake.

The marina has gas pumps, fishing gear, bait, a few snacks and drinks, as well as a great selection of t-shirts and logo items. If you have your own boat, you can launch it from the national park. The Marina at Lake Blackshear Resort offers monthly to annual boat rentals if you are interested. Animals are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

Pro tip: The pontoons can hold 12 people. The prices are $ 250 for 4 hours and $ 400 for a full day, or 8 hours. Taxes and fuel are extra.

4. Visit the Veterans Memorial and Museum

Being a park for veterans, it is only fitting that Georgia Veterans State Park has military tributes and memorials and a well-displayed museum that is definitely worth taking the time to visit. I especially liked the uniforms and artillery used in Vietnam since my father was there. Across the street in the park is a collection of military vehicles including a helicopter, tanks, a Boeing B-29A Superfortress used in World War II and an Iroquois “Huey” used in the British War. Vietnam.

The plates detail the items you see, the years they were used, as well as the speed, range and weight of the vehicles. I found this part very interesting, in addition it is free for the public.

The lobby of Lake Blackshear Resort
The Lake Blackshear Resort Lobby (Melody Pittman)

5. Stay in the fantastic resort

You can camp or stay in the lodge (14 rooms), villas (64 lakeside) or cabins (10) at Blackshear Lake. A few of each accommodation type are ADA accessible, some with wheelchair accessible showers. Being a full time RV, I was curious to take a look at the RV Park. The campsites were amazing! Many had front row seats right by the lake, and we noted to stay here when we return in our RV. For this stay, we had a nice room on the third floor of the lodge.

From the well-appointed lobby, friendly staff, and the clean, tree-lined property, we knew the rooms would match the level of professionalism. And they did. Our King room was incredibly spacious and had a sofa, work area, mini-fridge, and free coffee service. It was exciting to get such a great night’s sleep as the sheets and mattress were both Grade A. Neither my husband nor I even found anything that wasn’t perfectly aligned at Lake Blackshear Resort.

Fun fact: Animals are allowed in many villas and chalets. The fee is $ 75 per stay.

Cordelia's Breakfast at Blackshear Lake
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6. Eat a tasty breakfast

You will find some really tasty food at Blackshear Lake. Not only is the quality and presentation of the food top notch, Cordelia’s also offers hospitable service, aesthetic dishes and attention to detail. One morning, I had an omelet with crispy bacon, creamy oatmeal, a Southern cookie and fresh tomato slices, while Eddie chose the French toast with applewood smoked bacon brioche and fruit compote. .

On another we had breakfast sandwiches to eat on the road leaving the property. Talk about impressed – my sausage (double galette), egg and cheese sandwich on toast was delicious. If you skip a meal, don’t let it be breakfast.

SAM short train to Georgia Veterans State Park
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7. Take the SAM short train

Perhaps the most fantastic offering at Georgia Veterans State Park is the historic SAM Shortline Railroad, which runs 1949 vintage train rides between Cordele and Americus (the hometown of President Jimmy Carter). Get on and back directly or choose an excursion that gives you time for shopping and sightseeing. Choose from Premium, Deluxe, and Coach seating areas, or choose cars with leather sofas, table and chairs, and meal tickets, like the Samuel Hawkins. All are air conditioned and have seats by the window.

Specialty Train Experiences include the Cordele Holiday Train, Halloween and Candy Cane Express, the Murder Mystery Dinner Train, and the Wine and Cheese Train, to name a few. You can find the SAM Shortline Railroad timetable with this link. Most cars contain at least 80 passengers.

Visit the Leslie Commissary Car to purchase BBQ and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, ice cream, candy, and drinks during your ride. A small gift shop offers souvenirs and toys from your train adventure.

Sunset at Lake Blackshear Resort Pool
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8. Swim or sunbathe

Lake Blackshear Resort has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with an abundance of lounge chairs that invite you to relax. There is also a hot tub which looked inviting, if I had brought my bathing suit. Note: This is your reminder to put a swimsuit on your packing list. The swimming pool is a great place to watch the spectacular sunset.

9. Enjoy libations for adults at 88 years old

Located between Cordelia’s dining room and the convention part of the building is 88’s Lakeside Bar, a space to sip imported and local beer, wine and cocktails. Honey Hole struck me as delicious, with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey, a sour blend, simple syrup, Triple Sec and a touch of Spite. There were several small groups of people who enjoyed the space during our visit, and the bartender made great conversation and adult libations.

Fun fact: 88’s Lakeside Bar was named to commemorate Georgia’s establishment in 1788 and Cordele was founded in 1888. I would have guessed the number of keys on a piano.

10. Get a good workout

In addition to the resort’s small gym, Lake Blackshear has partnered with the nearby B-Fit Lake Blackshear Gym (in Cobb, GA) to provide guests with 24/7 access to their facilities. / 7. If you’re a gym rat or want to work out while on vacation, this attractive option is for you.

11. Visit the archery and air rifle range

Archery (static and 3D) and air rifles are all the rage. I’ve seen them at so many resorts recently. What a pleasure to try either (or both) at Lake Blackshear Resort. I recently tried archery which included a short lesson and instructions on holding and loading the bow. Then our group practiced target shooting for the rest of the time. It was so much fun and much easier than I expected. My muscles were sore the next day, but I would definitely do it again.

Burger from Cypress Grill near Lake Blackshear Resort
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12. Enjoy a delicious dinner

Cordelia needs to be mentioned twice because the food is so good. The Fried Green Tomato Caprese is finger-licking good, and the crab cakes with remoulade, shrimp, and oatmeal, and chicken Caesar salads are all great choices for dinner. Another evening I enjoyed the burrata salad (with candied Roma tomatoes) and the tomato and basil soup, which, hooray for me, was accompanied by a cheese toast for dipping. Cordelia’s desserts are changing, but we shared a perfect slice of pecan pie.

You can also dine at the Cypress Grill, which is adjacent to the marina. Cypress Grill has one of the best burgers you’ve ever tasted – the Beast Burger – a mix of moose, wild boar, bison and wagyu beef, along with hot queso, candied bacon (from a sip! ) and crispy jalapeños. The photo does it justice… it was as good as it looks.

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