Many people associate Georgia with Atlanta and its World of Coke and Stone Mountain. If you want a change from these fashionable tourist sites why not take a two hour drive to Patriots Park in Grovetown. There is plenty to do and in great surroundings.
Patriots Park is a 100 acre recreational facility, first opened in 1992. You will find a wide range of outdoor activities to keep you and your family engaged. These include several baseball and softball fields, five soccer fields, a quarter mile walking track and a disc golf course.
In 1994 a gymnasium complex was added. Since 1999 this has been regularly expanded until today it covers 29,000 square feet. The gym offers volleyball, basketball and four racquetball courts, plus a large exercise room with a good choice of equipment. This is also the site of a variety of indoor sports, such as martial arts. As a visitor you can buy a day pass.
Nine public tennis courts are available but they’re not lit at night. If you’re around for a while, you can use the Automatic Player Matching Service to connect to partners at the right skill level.
Disc golf may not be a familiar pastime to many but it’s becoming increasingly popular. The sport shares much of its terminology with traditional golf but that’s about all. Golf balls and clubs are replaced by throwing a disc or Frisbee. The goal is the same which is to complete the course in as few strokes or, in the case of disc golf, throws as possible. A target, such a metal basket, normally takes the place of the hole.
Players contend with the same problems as traditional golfers, such as trees and obstacles and the disc must be thrown from the spot where it lands. Progress down the fairway is more relaxed than in normal golf, and a family atmosphere is encouraged. Disc golf can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age or physical prowess.
The course at Patriots Park is challenging as it weaves through the woods, with four fairways running along a meandering creek. These complications only add to the excitement and don’t stop beginners having fun hurling their discs. A basket at the fifth ‘hole’ is close to the car park, but a wayward disc is unlikely to do much damage.
Park with care
With so many activities and events there have been complaints about the lack of parking. The number of parking spaces has not been increased at Patriots Park itself, but a new park was opened a few miles down the road. This has helped to reduce some of the congestion. Although people park on the grass verge or roadside, it is recommended that you use the proper marked parking spaces.
In peak season, you can choose from the many league games of soccer, baseball and softball being played at Patriots Park. Arrive early to avoid the traffic and don’t miss a chance to try disc golf while you wait for the games. It’s better than scrabbling for a parking spot.
See also: BSR Cable Park