Coral Hospitality, the full-service hospitality management and investment company for six of Georgia’s State Parks & Lodges, has named Jim Bishop as director of golf. Bishop will manage the golf operations and services offered at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge and Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge.
“Jim is incredibly knowledgeable about the game and the industry, making him a true asset to our team,” said Heath Carter, vice president of sales and marketing for Coral Hospitality. “We believe our staff and guests will benefit greatly from Jim’s expertise, and we are excited about the new opportunities he will bring to our courses, with a fresh perspective.”
Bishop comes to Coral Hospitality with 26 years of diverse experience at private clubs, public facilities and resort courses across the southeast. Most recently, he worked for Sun Belt Golf Management, where he served as the head professional along the Robert Trent Jones Trail in central Alabama. He previously was part of the opening team at the White Witch Resort opened by the Ritz Carlton Golf Division.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Coral team,” Bishop said. “Our courses are some of the best in the state of Georgia, but also the entire country, having been nationally ranked for their challenging play, as well as their affordability. We have a variety of packages available at our properties to suit any skill level – from novice to pro – that make for the perfect fall getaway.”
Recognized as one of middle and south Georgia’s finest courses, Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club is a four-star course providing challenging play and picturesque lake views.
“The expertly placed mounds, water hazards and sand bunkers will test golfers’ skills while they are surrounded by tall loblolly pines,” said Bishop.
There are several packages available at Lake Blackshear including:
• All in the Bag
• The Break Away
• Tea & Coffee
Located two hours north of Atlanta, Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa winds through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams framed by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
“Brasstown Valley offers a spectacular golf experience with scenery as breathtaking as the play is challenging, making it perfect for a golf escape in the mountains,” Bishop continued. Guests can choose from a variety of packages including:
• Unlimited Weekday Golf Package
• Weekend Golf Package
• Classic Golf & Breakfast Package
• Brasstown’s Premier Golf Package
The Meadow Links Golf Course at George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge is one of the best “top value’’ courses in the Southeast.
“Meadow Links is a challenging course perfectly designed into the hills of South Georgia, featuring large greens that offer subtle breaks, lush fairways and creatively-designed traps providing additional definition,’’ Bishop said.
Wallace Adams Course at Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge is surrounded by loblolly pines, willows and magnolias, in a gracious and secluded setting.
“Interestingly, the original first nine holes of the course were designed by O.C. Jones, of the renowned Robert Trent Jones family, offering challenges for both experienced and beginner golfers,” said Bishop.
Guests can get a one-night stay at the lodge or cabins, one 18-hole round of golf with the Stay & Play Package. Green fees for two guests and one cart rental are included.
Feature Photo: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (Coral Hospitality)