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Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee

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Pontoon boat at Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort
One of the pontoon boats on Lake Oconee
It's always fun to know the history of a place you visit. When you stay at Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort, the story goes way back before the dawn of written history. Native people made their home here far back into prehistoric times. The first settlers recorded as dwelling here were a tribe of the Creek Nation. They built their town on the banks of a river they called the  Okoni, meaning "The Great Water." They named their village Cuscowilla.  

Early native people settled here for much the same reasons modern visitors come today. A river filled with fish and lush landscape filled with wildlife. They could live in a beautiful environment  and eat well.  These things are still part of Cuscowilla albeit in a totally different content. Modern visitors fish the lake for fun and view the wildlife as natural beauty not food.  

Golf Cottage at Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort
Cottage at Cuscowilla
Lake Oconee itself was not here when  the Creeks settled.  It was created in 1979 by Georgia Power. It is the second largest lake in Georgia and because of its location,  less than an hour and a half east of Atlanta and west of Augusta, it has become a serious recreation destination.  The 19,050 acre lake with its 374 miles of shoreline was created when Georgia Power built Wallace Dam which separates Lake Oconee from Lake Sinclair. Lake Oconee is not used for flood control and remains stable all year. Florida power makes sure all residents meet the requirement s  to keep the lake looking pristine.

Lodge at Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort
The Lodge at Cuscowilla
Another advantage the modern visitor has is we can stay in luxurious Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort. Even if you don't play golf, you will love this place. You have lots of choices in style of lodging. If you want the feel of a private home, you could choose the Golf Cottages located between the 2nd and 18th fairways. These homes are built to harmonize with the natural surroundings and feel like they grew there among the trees.  They are solid granite  and cedar shingles, hardwood floors and exposed yellow pine beams. All have all the amenities of a upscale home, full kitchen with all appliances you could wish for, comfortable living and dining area, multi-storied for privacy, fireplace and outdoor deck help make these cottages oh so comfy.

Another good choice is the Lake Villas. These are also large granite and cedar shake homes but are built along the lake so each villa has a porch overlooking Lake Oconee. They too have all the features of the cottages. If you want the feel of a hotel style accommodation, the Lodge Villas is for you. The lodge gives the feel of a Mediterranean holiday resort. They offer accommodations ranging from a studio room with two queen beds to a Villa suite with full kitchens and living areas. The Lodge is set up so you can have either golf course or lake views.

Boat on Lake  at Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort
Boaters enjoying Lake Oconee
This is a resort so there are lots of other goodies besides spacious quarters with a view. Naturally dining is important on any vacation or trip. For a quick snack or light meal, the Golf House Grill is perfect. For more elegant dining, the Waterside Restaurant serves the finest and offers a wide choice. See more at an earlier Fork in the Road

Tennis and basketball courts, state of the art fitness center and swimming pool are available on site. You can rent a bike or ski boat and jet ski for water fun. There are captained boat excursion onto the lake. You can walk or bike the many nature trails into the adjourning Oconee National Forest.  

For kids, this is heaven, they have their own clubhouse here with activities ranging on indoor supervised play to ventures on the lake in rental boats, based on the ages.

Golf is king here. You can play on their course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. It  was named #20 best Residential Golf Course in the U.S. by Golf Week magazine in 2012

Course designer, Ben Crenshaw, said  "We are extremely proud of Cuscowilla from a natural sense, the views of the lake, the beautiful pines, and the varied situations enabled us to include as many different golf strokes as we could. you may never want to venture away from Cuscowilla, it's nice to know there are delightful small towns nearby like Greensboro (Click here for info about Greensboro) and Eatonton.


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