Augusta GA Events & Attractions
Some of the local Augusta events and popular attractions include the first class Riverwalk Augusta, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and of course the internationally recognized Augusta National Golf Course.
Other annual events include The Augusta Southern Nationals Drag Boat Race and a national rowing event called the Augusta Invitation Regatta. The downtown Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center became the "James Brown Arena" in 2006 named after the famous "Godfather of Soul". This 8600 seat grand arena hosts concerts, sporting and other entertainment events.
Downtown Augusta also offers a well established business center and many great restaurants as well as unique art and antique shops. Other sites of potential interest include the National Science Center´s Fort Discovery, the Augusta Cotton Exchange, Augusta Museum of History and the Morris Museum of Art.
Masters Golf Tournament
Visitors from around the country and around the world travel to this prestigious location to watch the "The Masters" golf tournament. Many locals rent their personal homes for that week with some commanding tens of thousands of dollars for that single week! These owners often stay with friends or treat the family to a dream vacation. Many of the Augusta restaurant menus change to different selections and higher prices that week. Normal routines are disrupted and schools are always closed for "Masters Week". Check out Masters.com for more information about obtaining tickets for the Masters Tournament.
Augusta National Golf Club
Founded by Bobby Jones, the Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most famous and exclusive golf clubs in the world. The club initially opened for play in January 1933. The course has been the host of the Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, since 1934. Regarded as the most revered golf course on the PGA Tour, fans have the unique opportunity to become familiar with the course due to the tournament´s annual occurrence. The botanic beauty of the Augusta National is notorious during the first full week of April, flowers are in full-bloom and the trees and shrubs bordering the course are distinctively picturesque.
The Augusta Riverwalk, a six-block scenic pathway down the Savannah River levee, offers pedestrian access to the river as well as a public plaza and "must see" attractions, such as the 17-acre Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the National Science Center´s Fort Discovery ideal for families and passers-by.The Riverwalk hosts events year-round from weddings, concerts, family events, and much, much more.
Clarks Hill or Thurmond Lake
Also known as Thurmond Lake to those in South Carolina is one of the Southeast´s largest and most popular public recreational lakes. The lake was built by United States Army Corps of Engineers during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Present use and recreation expands from water quality, water supply, to fish and wildlife management. The lake is one of the top 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation. Each year, millions of people utilize the public parks, marinas, and campgrounds all conveniently located around the lake. The man-made lake borders Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah River, Broad River, and Little River. The entire Thurmond project area contains 151,000 acres of water and land.
Interesting Facts about Thurmond Lake
- The Thurmond "Project" was originally authorized for three purposes, hydropower, flood control, and navigation. Later, recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management were added.
- The Thurmond Power plant is a "peaking power plant" - this means that power is not constantly generated. Instead, power is generated at times when electricity is in the greatest demand.
- Thurmond Lake contains 71,100 acres of water and has 1,200 miles of shoreline. 79,900 acres of public land surrounds the lake.
- The lake is located in two states (Georgia and South Carolina) and 7 counties (Georgia, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, Wilkes and Elbert Counties; South Carolina, McCormick, and Abbeville counties).
- Thurmond Dam is built of more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 3 million pounds of reinforcing steel.
- The depth of the lake behind the dam is approximately 180 feet.
- The top of the dam is 200 feet above the Savannah River Bed.
- The power plant contains seven 55,000 horsepower turbines. The seven penstocks that carry the water that drives the turbines are 20 feet in diameter.
- The dam´s 23 spillway gates are each 40 feet wide and 35 feet high.
- The average yearly generation from the Thurmond Power plant is 700 million Kilowatt hours.
- Thurmond Lake is one of the largest inland bodies of water in the south
- The project has prevented millions of dollars in flood damage along the Savannah River
- The average lake elevation is 330 ft. msl.
Oliver & Hardy Festival
"Here´s another fine mess you´ve gotten yourself into!" Oliver Hardy, the larger side of Laurel and Hardy, the most famous comedic duo that made successful comedy films for decades, would have most likely said about the Oliver & Hardy festival honoring his unbeaten comedic career. Harlem, Georgia is the birthplace of Comedian Hardy. The annual festival is held the first Friday of each October on Main Street in his hometown. The festival was started in 1988 and features over 350 craft booths filled with unusual assortments of people, food vendors, and novelty vendors. A Look-A-Like Contest is also held, which has been known to have prominent citizens as contestants. The festival consistently draws more and more fans each year, growing in the tens of thousands. The best part is: THIS EVENT IS FREE!
Phone: (706) 556-3448 to learn more.
Arts in the Heart of Augusta
Each year The Greater Augusta Arts Council presents its Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival in Downtown Augusta. The festival is a celebration of visual and performing arts. The three-day festival includes approximately 20 ethnic groups representing over 35 countries, as well as local, regional, and national entertainment and stages. There is an endless assortment of hands-on activities and delicious ethnic food around every corner. The Council holds true the belief that art presents the heart and soul of a community and its citizens. The Council´s mission is to promote arts and cultural resources throughout the region.
Regardless of age, socioeconomic status or interests the Festival provides an unforgettable opportunity to sample the arts and experience the ethnic flair and talents that blend together the cultural resources in the Augusta community.
Our main LEADING EDGE Real Estate office is conveniently located in Columbia County at 141 North Belair Road in Evans, GA. It is within a fifteen minute drive from most all Columbia County´s areas.
Top 10 Augusta Restaurants
Augusta offers a variety of delectable cuisine ranging from good old home-cooking, family friendly atmospheres, various ethnic arrays, and high-end fine dining. Listed below are the Top Ten Restaurants in the Augusta area with clickable links of each listing included with the restaurant´s review.
Cuisine: Carry Out & Take Out, Pizza, Sandwiches
Cuisine: Cajun Restaurants
2) 368 Furys Ferry Rd, Augusta
La Maison on Telfair. Its beautiful, cozy, warm and inviting. The owners have put every imaginable thought into details...lovely bar, great martini!404 Telfair St
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 722-4805
Cuisine: Seafood Restaurants, Salad Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Carry & Take Out
Cuisine: Steak Houses, Japanese Restaurants
Cuisine: German Restaurants
Cuisine: Italian Restaurants
Cuisine: International Restaurants, Cafes, Fusion Restaurants, Tapas Restaurants
As a transplanted NY-er, it's hard to find decent pizza in the south. Not only does Mellow Mushroom more than satisfy completely, but they have a great atmosphere and good service. Hands down my favorite place to eat Downtown!
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian Restaurants
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